Date: 16th April 2009 at 11:23am
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A few days ago I stated that my belief that Sir Alex’s warning wouldn’t be enough to get Cristiano Ronaldo back on Earth. He didn’t track back any more, sulked whenever someone tackled him – his attitude has gone to the dogs.

But it looks like Fergie’s warning struck a chord with him. The boss stated in public that even a player like Ronaldo cannot giving away the ball so carelessly as he did against Porto and Villa – in both cases it led to United conceding a goal.

But yesterday there was nothing careless about Ronaldo. In the 6th minute he unleashed an unstoppable surface-to-air missile which rocketed straight into the top corner – I swear the ball was still accelerating when it hit the net.

Of course that was the zenith of his performance but his attitude, his workrate (!!!!) was even more remarkable I thought. He tracked back, on one occasion he performed a sliding tackle near our own area, he harassed Helton into a mistake to win a corner after chasing a seemingly hopeless, lost ball – that’s the spirit, man!

And we could see how important it was that EVERY player harassed them. They couldn’t bring the ball out of defence with the ease we saw a week ago, the midfield had more time to regroup and take up their defensive positions and as a result we were more compact all game than at any time in the past few weeks. I hope it wasn’t a one-off from our Ballon d’Or winner.