Ronaldo scores as Man United qualifies for EL Knockout stage

Ronaldo scores as Man United qualifies for EL Knockout stage

Manchester United qualified for the knockout stage of the Europa League as Cristiano Ronaldo marked his return to the side by scoring in a 3-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol at Old Trafford.

After being dropped for Saturday’s Premier League draw with Chelsea due to his behaviour in last week’s win over Tottenham, Ronaldo was brought back into the starting line-up by manager Erik ten Hag and scored the third goal of the game from close range after his initial effort had been saved.

Earlier, Diogo Dalot had headed United in front from a corner on the stroke of half-time and second-half substitute Marcus Rashford doubled the lead with a powerful header from a Luke Shaw cross.

The result sees United qualify for the round of 16, but Real Sociedad’s win over Omonia Nicosia in Thursday’s other Group E fixture means they face a battle to win the group and avoid a play-off round against a third-placed Champions League side.

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