Cristiano Ronaldo has endured a difficult start to his second season at Manchester United, starting just one of the Reds’ six Premier League games thus far.
The 37-year-old missed United’s tour of Thailand and Australia as speculation over his future mounted but he ended up staying at Old Trafford and will see out the final 12 months of his contract.
Ronaldo has made a series of appearances from the bench in recent games and although he has made a positive impact in a couple of games, he has been underwhelming overall.
The first goal of the season has eluded him but he finally found the back of the net against FC Sheriff on Thursday evening – his second appearance in the Europa League.
According to Opta, Ronaldo’s strike against the Moldovan minnows was his 699th goal in career football, meaning that he is on the verge of yet another remarkable goalscoring milestone.
His next goal will be his 700th goal – the latest in Ronaldo’s fascinating line of records. Last season’s two-goal haul against Arsenal in the Premier League saw him pass the 800-mark in total.
Time will tell whether Erik ten Hag is ready to reinstate Ronaldo into the starting line-up for the game against Manchester City after the international break.
Injuries to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial could have an impact on Ten Hag’s decision-making as both players are currently unavailable.