Cristiano Ronaldo bidding to end his Manchester United goal drought against Sheriff Tiraspol in their Thursday’s Europa League encounter in Moldova.

The Portugal international is most likely to start at the top of the Red Devils’ attack for the European match because Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are both injured.

Since the team’s 3-0 Premier League victory over Brentford at the beginning of May, Ronaldo has not scored for Manchester United.

The 37-year-old legendary forward failed to score in his team’s 4-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion in their penultimate Premier League game of the 2021–22 campaign.

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Then, due to injury, Ronaldo was unable to play against Crystal Palace on the final weekend of the season.

Due to his desperation to keep competing in the Champions League, the Portuguese attempted to leave Manchester United over the summer, but he was unsuccessful.

Ronaldo has participated in each of Manchester United’s six Premier League games this season, albeit he has only started once for the Red Devils, which was the 4-0 loss at Brentford on August 13.

Former Real Madrid and Sporting CP forward is yet to score this season despite playing the entire 90 minutes against Real Sociedad in the Europa League last week which has made it eight games since he last found the back of the net for the Red Devils.

Ronaldo was in strong scoring form for Manchester United during the 2021-22 campaign, netting 24 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions, including six strikes in the Champions League.

The Portuguese player has only been in the Europa League three times, twice when playing for Sporting Lisbon and once last week against Real Sociedad.

In 337 games for Manchester United over two consecutive stints, Ronaldo has tallied 142 goals and 62 assists, but his long-term future at Old Trafford is uncertain.

Ballon d’Or winner’s current deal with Manchester United is due to expire at the end of the campaign, although there is the option to extend the agreement for a further 12 months.


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