Manchester United claimed all the three points in their late evening encounter with rivals Arsenal.
Ronaldo was back in the score sheet, netting twice in the exciting encounter which started in Arsenal’s favour. In what appeared to be an extension of the pain Manchester United has been enduring in the recent past, Emile Smith Rowe opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 13th minute.
But just a minute before the break, Bruno Fernandes cancelled out the lead to make it 1-1 at halftime. United came back from the dressing room pumped up with home-ground advantage.
Ronaldo, who has been missing from the score sheet of late, netted an attentive goal in the 50th. Arsenal replied just four minutes later through Martin Odegaard in what some commentators will attribute to goalkeeper David De Gea’s inattentiveness.
A foul on Frederico Rodrigues (Fred) in the 70th saw Ronaldo convert with a clinical kick that set Old Trafford alight.
The victory is a befitting welcome for incoming manager Ralf Rangnick who has secured his work permit and is expected at Old Trafford today (Friday).