Ronaldo scores again as Man United beat Brentford

AP , Monday 2 May 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be the shining light in an otherwise disappointing season for Manchester United.

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Manchester United s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, challenges for the ball with Brentford s Christian Norgaard during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Brentford at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Monday, May 2, 2022. (Photo: AP)


Make that 18 goals in the English Premier League for the Portugal superstar after he converted a penalty that he earned himself in a 3-0 victory over Brentford on Monday.

Ronaldo also had a goal disallowed at Old Trafford for a narrow offside as United saved one of its best performances of the season for its final home game. Bruno Fernandes and Raphael Varane were the other scorers.

The victory kept alive -- at least mathematically -- sixth-placed United's chance of finishing in the top four and qualifying for next season's Champions League.

United, though, has only two games remaining and is five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and three behind Tottenham, with both rivals still having four to play.

Ronaldo, who has netted in each of his last four games, is third on the league's list of top scorers behind Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (22) and Tottenham's Son Heung-min (19).

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