Cristiano Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure for Manchester United on Wednesday night as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Former Real Madrid forward Ronaldo was kept quiet on his return to the Spanish capital, failing to have a single shot on target at the Wanda Metropolitano.

United came from behind to draw the first leg of their last 16 tie thanks to a late goal from Anthony Elanga, after Joao Felix had put Atletico ahead with a superb header early on.

But Ronaldo was clearly unhappy at full-time, shaking his head as he left the pitch.

Ronaldo has faced criticism for his individual performance but fans on social media have leapt to his defence by circulating footage of a particularly frustrating 30-second passage of play in the match.

The clip shows Ronaldo waiting in the box for Victor Lindelof to deliver a cross during the first half.


Lindelof fails to find with the Portuguese with his delivery, with the ball instead reaching Luke Shaw on the other the wing.

The England international then overhits his cross to the frustration of Ronaldo.

Marcus Rashford then picks up the ball and also attempts to find Ronaldo, but his delivery is again overhit and eventually cleared for a corner.

Twitter user TotalElbichoo uploaded the clip to Twitter, alongside the caption: “If anyone tells you that Ronaldo gets great service at United, show them this video.”

The clip was also highlighted by former United defender Rio Ferdinand in his half-time analysis for BT Sport.

“You’ve got an opportunity to cross the ball against Atletico Madrid away from home, you’ve got to get people in the box, more than one,” Ferdinand said.

“Here you see the frustrations of someone like Cristiano. He had a quiet night to be fair to him.

Ronaldo failed to have a shot on target against Atletico (Image: PA)

“But who’s in the box? You’ve got him here on his own and you’ve got eight [Atletico] players in red and white stripes against one player in the box.

“Watch his reaction, it says it all, frustration, throwing his hands out.”

Ronaldo has managed 15 goals in his 30 appearances this season but has now scored just once in his last nine games in all competitions.

The 37-year-old will be hoping to add to his tally when United return to Premier League action against Watford at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport


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