There was a party mood outside Old Trafford for Aston Villa fans, after travelling to Manchester and watching their beloved club stun Man United 1-0 at the Theatre of Dreams.
And one group of delighted supporters couldn’t help but poke fun at United’s returning hero Cristiano Ronaldo.
It appears the CR7 bubble has burst, to the delight of rival supporters who were made to stomach weeks of headlines dedicated to the Portuguese superstar.
Ronaldo’s arrival at Old Trafford from Juventus this summer was heralded as the missing piece in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, and one that would see the Red Devils finally end their wait for silverware.
But it seems the hype is over after just a few weeks, with United suffering two big defeats with their star man in the side – piling even more pressure on Solskjaer who surely now has no more excuses for failure.
A shock loss to Swiss minnows Young Boys in their Champions League was compounded by United’s Carabao Cup exit to West Ham in midweek.
Although Ronaldo did not feature for that disappointing game, he was back against Villa in the Premier League but he did not have his shooting boots on.
Ronaldo was involved as United made 28 attempts on goal, but only managed to land four of those shots on target.
Meanwhile, Villa only had a handful of chances but made their clearest one count as Kortney Hause headed in from a corner in the 88th minute to hand Villa a stunning win.
After the final whistle, talkSPORT was told Ronaldo was ‘starved of service’ as United failed to score for the second straight match.
The game will be remembered for Bruno Fernandes’ late penalty miss, the Portuguese ace deciding to take the spot kick ahead of his compatriot Ronaldo and then skying his effort over the bar, which only saw United fans and pundits beg the question why CR7 didn’t step forward.
But Villa fans didn’t care, as they mocked Ronaldo after the full-time whistle in amazing scenes outside Old Trafford after the match.
Reminiscent of a nightclub dance battle, a group of jubilant Villans supporters gathered in a big circle on the streets of Manchester, giving it the ‘oooohhhhhhhhhhhhh’ and taking turns jumping into the middle and mimicking Ronaldo’s famous ‘SIUUUU’ celebration.
Under-pressure Solskjaer said after the game his side were victims of poor luck after missing a stoppage-time chance to claim a point, insisting Bruno Fernandes is still the club’s top penalty taker.
But Ronaldo appeared a little more peeved at the dropped points as he posted a message of motivation to his team on Instagram.
The 36-year-old wrote on social media: “This is only the beginning, but in a competition as strong as the Premier League, every point counts!
“We must react immediately, get back on our feet and show our true strength.”
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