Everton – December 2007
The 2007-08 season was a memorable one for both Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo, as a successful campaign brought trophies and electricity to Old Trafford. Ronaldo was the leading scorer in the English top flight with 31 goals, as the Red Devils captured a Premier League title and defeated Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final.
Ronaldo was at his unstoppable best for much of the year, and his efforts against Everton late in 2007 were spectacular. The match’s opening goal was the snapshot of young man a step above the competition.
Just outside the penalty area, Ronaldo turns Everton defender Lee Carsley and fires a shot that leaves goalkeeper Tim Howard completely baffled.
The Toffees would equalise, only to see Ronaldo convert a penalty-kick to give United a 2-1 victory.
Everton played well that day, and deserved more from the fixture. But Cristiano Ronaldo was able to deliver for Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad.