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Cristiano Ronaldo sends strong message to Man Utd team-mates as he breaks goal drought in win over Brighton


CRISTIANO RONALDO sent a strong message to his Manchester United team-mates as he finally broke his NINE-HOUR goal drought.

The Portuguese superstar, 37, scored a brilliant goal to set United on their way and record their first win in four.

Cristiano Ronaldo sent a strong message to his team-mates after ending his goal drought in the win against Brighton

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Cristiano Ronaldo sent a strong message to his team-mates after ending his goal drought in the win against BrightonCredit: Getty

His strike – ending a six-game barren spell that was his worst in front of goal since 2009 – came courtesy of Scott McTominay picking the pocket of a dithering Yves Bissouma.

The ball landed at Ronaldo’s feet and he sent an unstoppable shot past Robert Sanchez in the Seagulls’ net.

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Ronaldo ditched his trademark ‘Siu’ celebration as the tension was lifted at Old Trafford.

And after the win, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner took to social media to send a message to his fellow players and the United faithful.

He wrote: “Back on track! Nobody gives up and there’s only one way to get back on track: hard work, team work, serious work.

“Everything else is just noise. Let’s go Devils!”

Bruno Fernandes sealed the win, after Lewis Dunk had seen red, with a late goal.

The win moved United back up to fourth, two points clear of West Ham.

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Arsenal are looming in sixth, however, four points back but with three games in hand.

Speaking about the strike in his post-match press conference, manager Ralf Rangnick said: “It was an amazing goal. Not only an important one but an amazing goal.

“Overall it was also a good performance by Cristiano. Energetically he was online, he was always trying to help the other team-mates.

“I think in the last weeks that would be the best performance by him and it is very, very important for us.”

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