Ronaldo missed the penalty, Man United fell by “bad luck” chasing

25 May 2022 | 03:37 | Football

Ronaldo missed the penalty, Man United fell by "bad luck" chasing

On the day Ronaldo and his teammates had unbelievable bad luck, the Red Devils of Manchester could do nothing but accept defeat.

Faced with the prospect of a fourth consecutive “empty” season, Man United is extremely focused on the match against Middlesbrough – a relatively “soft” opponent, towards the FA Cup championship. The starting line-up shows Man United’s determination to have almost all of its players, and of course the most prominent is still Cristiano Ronaldo .

Right from the second minute of the match, Sancho made the opponent’s goal wobble with a ball over the head of goalkeeper Lumley touching the crossbar. Bruno Fernandes then rushed in to take a shot, but sent the ball over the bar. Four minutes later, it was CR7’s turn to “perform” with a beautiful “light table reclining”.

Ronaldo missed the penalty, Man United fell by bad luck chasing - Photo 1.

In the 19th minute, Man United and Ronaldo faced a real opportunity when Pogba received the ball from Shaw in the left corner of the Boro and Dijksteel penalty area while trying to stop, lost his balance and pulled Pogba with his hands and feet. Penalty for the Old Trafford team.

Ronaldo stepped up, took the momentum as usual and … kicked the ball off the post when goalkeeper Lumley also guessed the right direction of the Portuguese superstar’s shot.

Five minutes after Ronaldo’s missed penalty, Man United finally opened the scoring. Pogba cut the ball in the middle of the field and Fernandes swung down the left wing for Sancho to clear the offside trap. Jones still kept up and blocked the corner, but his attempt to block the shot sent the ball into the far corner beyond Lumley’s reach.

Ronaldo missed the penalty, Man United fell by the bad luck of chasing - Photo 2.

During more than 120 minutes of play, Man Unted held the ball to 75%, launched 12 finishing phases towards the opponent’s goal, but in the end they only scored 1 goal. The bad luck didn’t stop there when Middlesbrough equalized in the 64th minute, in a situation where Watmore let the ball touch his hand before bouncing the ball over Henderson’s head for Crooks to rush into the net.

Entering the penalty shootout, Ronaldo finally scored on the 11m mark. Man United did well with a series of tense “gun battles” with 7 players in a row successfully performing. But when the bad luck did not stop clinging to the Red Devils, Middlesbrough did even better, with 8 perfect shots, taking the home team past Man United at Old Trafford to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Score: Man United 1-1 Middlesbrough (penalties 7-8)


Man United: Henderson, Dalot, Maguire, Shaw, Varane, Bruno Fernandes, Pogba, McTominay, Sancho, Rashford, Ronaldo

Middlesbrough: Lumley, Dijksteel, Taylor, Fry, Tavernier, Howson, Sporar, McNair, Crooks, Jones, Balogun