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New milestone as Ronaldo fires 700th goal in Man United win vs Everton


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New milestone as Ronaldo fires 700th goal in Man United win vs Everton

700TH. Cristiano Ronaldo finds the back of the net for the go-ahead goal that lifts Manchester United past Everton.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first Premier League goal of the season and his 144th for Manchester United across two spells

LIVERPOOL, England – Cristiano Ronaldo stepped off the bench to earn Manchester United a 2-1 victory at Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, October 9, taking his career goal tally to 700 in the process.

Just as it did last weekend in its derby mauling at the hands of local rivals Manchester City, United found itself behind early on at Goodison Park after Alex Iwobi curled a sublime strike into the net from 20 metres.

The visitors, however, responded much better this time around and soon levelled things up as big-money signing Antony slotted home, the Brazilian becoming the first United player to score in his first three Premier League appearances.

Substitute Ronaldo then entered the fray unexpectedly early after Anthony Martial picked up an injury and took only 14 minutes to score his first Premier League goal of the season, his 144th for United across two spells.

The landmark goal came 20 years and 2 days after his first goal for Sporting Lisbon as a scrawny teenager. He is now 10 club goals ahead of his once great rival Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo scored 5 goals for Sporting, 450 for Real Madrid, and 101 for Juventus.

Marcus Rashford thought he had made doubly sure of a fifth win in six league games for the visitors late on but his effort was ruled out after a VAR review for handball against the England forward.

Everton never really looked like finding a late equalizer as United held on for a victory that moved it up to fifth on 15 points, 9 points adrift of leaders Arsenal, while Everton’s first loss in seven league matches leaves it 12th on 10 points. –

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