A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Manchester United to return to winning ways in the Premier League with a 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening.
Ronaldo and Raphael Varane returned for United, who missed Bruno Fernandes whereas Antonio Conte decided to make no changes from the thumping of Everton on Monday.
It was a welcome return for a certain Ronaldo after he collected a pass from Fred and thumped in from a few metres out 12 minutes in giving Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris no chance whatsoever.
Spurs should’ve been back on equal terms on the half-hour mark off a header at the far post by Eric Dier, but it was cleared off the line by Diogo Dalot with the rebound blazed by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
However, Spurs were handed a route back after an outstretched arm in the area by Alex Telles from a cross led to a penalty which Harry Kane converted ten minutes to the halftime interval.
The Red Devils restored their lead within two minutes when a first-time ball left of the area by Jadon Sancho spotted an unmarked Ronaldo to bag his brace and a record-breaking 806th strike.
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Spurs looked to settle quick moments in the second half from a surging move down the byline by Dejan Kulusevski to Heung-Min Son, who dragged the supply wide of the mark.
A bit of activity from the United bench eight minutes later had Anthony Elanga fill in for Marcus Rashford soon after Ronaldo produced a point-blank save off Lloris.
Though, United surrendered advantage in the last 20 minutes after a teasing cross from the left saw Harry Maguire bundle into his own net whilst attempting a defensive clearance.
Manchester remained calm with nine minutes to go and regained the lead when a giant leap in the area from Ronaldo resulted in a smart header into the top corner.
The host were able to managed their ascendancy on this occasion and collected all the three points in the end.