As Ronaldo scores 801st career goal in 3-2 win
Carrick ends 15 years stint at Old Trafford
On a night that Manchester United restored hope in their fans with a five goals thriller against visiting Arsenal at Old Trafford, Portuguese international, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 801st career goal in all competitions.
The forward has continued to hit the net in important situations for the Red Devils and on Thursday against Arsenal after briefly giving his side a 2-1 lead, he was on hand to convert the match-winning penalty for his number 801 career goals after the Gunners had gotten an equaliser earlier.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is globally recognised as the all-time top men’s goalscorer, and he has continued to reach significant milestones upon his return to Old Trafford. In making a habit of netting in important moments this year, Ronaldo has scored at least once in each of his five Champions League appearances, including two late winners, as well as having six goals to show in the Premier League.
Speaking on the match and Ronaldo’s milestone achievement, compatriot and United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes told Amazon; it is said; “Incredible. We all know he is improving game by game, year by year. He wants to keep being the best and that’s what he did. He knows how to self-motivate.”
Carrick Quits Old Trafford
Thursday’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Arsenal is certainly the last act of Michael Carrick’s Manchester United career, as the interim boss announced he was stepping down from his coaching position at Old Trafford.
The coach draws the curtain on a decade and a half at Old Trafford, finishing on a high with victory over the Gunners. He had taken over on a temporary basis following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure in November and led United to two wins and a draw in his three matches in charge.
However, he will not stay on once Ralf Rangnick takes up the manager’s job until the end of the current season and United revealed in a statement released shortly after the club’s victory over Arsenal that; “Michael Carrick has decided to step down as First Team coach and leave the club following the conclusion of his spell as caretaker Manager,”
United’s Football Director, John Murtough further explained; “Michael leaves with the sincerest thanks and best wishes of everyone at Manchester United after 15 years of exceptional service to the club as a player and as a coach. While we are sad to see him go, we respect and understand Michael’s decision.”
On his part, Carrick said; “My time at this great Club will always rank as the best years of my career. When I first signed over 15 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined winning so many trophies and I will certainly never forget the fantastic memories both as a player and as a member of the coaching team.
“However, after a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave the club. I want to place on record my thanks to all of the players and a special mention goes to the backroom staff, working long hours with such a great group of people has been a real pleasure and I have made some long-lasting friendships.
“I am, and will always be a Manchester United fan and will come to as many matches as possible. I would like to wish Ralf, the staff, the players, and the fans all the best for the future and I look forward to being in the stands and supporting the boys as a fan.”