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Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United 2007/08

Manchester United In The Premier League

Manchester United started the season with 9 previous Premier League titles and looked to extend that to 10 and that they did as they finished 2 points clear of 2nd place Chelsea with a goal difference far greater than the Londoners. They also finished 11 points ahead of their biggest rivals Liverpool. This title win saw Manchester United with 17 league wins, one away from Liverpool‘s record of 18. United won 27 of their 38 games, drawing 6 and losing 5.

Cristiano Ronaldo with his second Premier League title.

Cristiano Ronaldo with his second Premier League title.

Cristiano Ronaldo In The Premier League

This was Ronaldo’s 5th season in the Premier League after joking from Sporting CP in 2003 however it was the 2007/08 season which stood out as his greatest season in English football. Ronaldo wore the number 7 shirt and was expected to live up to the heights of David Beckham and George Best. In the 2007/08 Premier League season Ronaldo scored 31 goals in 34 games which equalled Alan Shearers record of 31 goals in a 38 game season. Ronaldo also broke his own record of most goals by a midfielder which stood at 17 goals in the previous season.

Ronaldo picked up two player of the month awards towards the backend of the season in January and in March. These would not be the only awards that he would have at the end of the season as he earned the Premier League player of the season for the second successive season, he won the PFA player of the year also for the second year in a row beating of the likes of Steven Gerrard, David James and Fernando Torres. He was also included in the PFA team of the year. He was nominated for the PFA young player of the year however lost out to Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas. The Portuguese winger also won the FWA footballer of the year after beating Fernando Torres of Liverpool and David James of Portsmouth. The PFA fans player of the year and the PFA Merit award also went in the direction of Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo with his second PFA player of the year award and Sir Alex

Cristiano Ronaldo with his second PFA player of the year award and Sir Alex

Manchester United in Europe

Manchester United were drawn into a group with AS Roma, Dynamo Kyiv and Ronaldo’s former team Sporting CP. Manchester United started the group stages of by playing in Portugal against Sporting and they ran out 1-0 winners with Ronaldo scoring the only goal of the game. The second game against Roma at Old Trafford also ended 1-0 as Rooney scored the winner to make it 6 points from 6.

A double against Dynamo Kyiv was next as United travelled to the Ukraine. Manchester United returned to Manchester along with 3 more points after winning 4-2. Their next meeting came 2 weeks later at Old Trafford as Dynamo left England conceding the same amount as they did in their home country as they lost 4-0 and United booked their place in the knockout rounds.

Sporting CP at Old Trafford was next to come as United looked to win 5 from 5. 12 points Manchester United sat on as they went into their 5th game of the group. The Red Devil’s won the game 2-1 and continued their winning run. Their last game of the group saw United draw against Roma as they failed to win all six games in the group.

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The group stages saw United draw Lyon in the round of 16. They played the first game in France as Lyon held United to a draw thanks to Carlos Tevez who scored a late equalise. United then went to battle with Lyon again at Old Trafford as Ronaldo sent United through with a 1-0 win.

Roma awaited Manchester United in the quarter finals and the first leg was to be played in Italy. Roma suffered a 2-0 defeat and needed to go to Old Trafford and win by three clear goals. Roma failed to do what they needed to do as they travelled back home out of the Champions League as Tevez’s goal sealed United’s place in the semi finals.

Barcelona beat Schalke in the quarter finals and were United’s opponents in the semi finals as Chelsea played Liverpool in the other semi final. Manchester United travelled to Catalonia for the first leg which ended in a 0-0 draw. The return leg saw Man United beat the Spanish giants 1-0 to see them into an all English Final as Chelsea saw off Liverpool in extra time.

A final in Russia was going to be both physically and mentally tough for both sets of players. The first 90 minutes ended in a 1-1 draw as Ronaldo scored and Lampard equalised and the game entered extra time which ended with no more goals so penalties decided the final. The penalties stood at 2-2 as Ronaldo stepped up and missed his penalty and Chelsea pounced on that and made it 4-3 before Terry stepped up to win the game for Chelsea but the captain slipped and missed his penalty. It was 6-5 as Anelka walked forward for his penalty and missed to give United the win in the Champions League Final.

Ronaldo with the Champions League trophy

Ronaldo with the Champions League trophy

John Terry penalty miss

John Terry penalty miss

Cristiano Ronaldo In All Competitions

Cristiano Ronaldo played 46 games in all competitions for United this season and ended the season with 42 goals and two major trophies. The Portuguese star scored 31 in the league, 3 in The FA Cup and 8 in Europe as he picked up the European golden boot.

Ronaldo also finished 2nd in the Ballon’dor voting behind the winner Kaka and 3rd behind Kaka and the runner-up Lionel Messi in the running for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

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