Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 60th carer hat-trick (50th for club and 10th for country) as Manchester United beat Norwich City at home on Saturday.
Ronaldo, 35, has scored 20+ goals in all competitions in each of his last sixteen seasons at club level.
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Tottenham Hotspur had earlier on Saturday, lost 1-0 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion, leaving the ‘top 4’ battle a bit open.
With United poor run of form, having no win in their last three games in all competitions, the home fans had stage a protest before the kickoff.
Ronaldo’s double in the first half had put United in front before Norwich’s Kieran Dowell’s goal out of nowhere in first-half stoppage time got the visitors back in the contest.
Fans who protested against the club’s owners ahead of the match were singing “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” in the second half as their team were second best to a team seven points adrift of the Premier League safety zone.
United’s France midfielder Paul Pogba was booed by his own fans as he was substituted before Ronaldo stole the show once again with a sensational winner 14 minutes from time to drag United out of the mire once more.
The win, United’s first in four games in all competitions, moved them above Arsenal, who lost 1-0 at Southampton, into fifth on 54 points from 32 matches, with Spurs now just three points in front. Norwich stay bottom on 21 points.