Ronaldo's most memorable outing came in a 4-0 win at Old Trafford in 2008, when he scored once and assisted the remaining three goals.
Aston Villa have a tough assignment at home against one of the in-form sides in the Premier League – Manchester United – on Sunday. Despite the match taking place at Villa Park, the home side will undoubtedly be the underdogs to Erik ten Hag’s well-drilled side. There is a lot riding on this game, with both sides eager for the three points. Villa would need the maximum points to add some kind of consistency to their game, while United require them to keep their push for the top four places alive.
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For ten Hag and Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo could be the x-factor at Villa Park. The former Real Madrid striker has a phenomenal record against Aston Villa during his earlier stint with the club. He was signed by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003 and had six glorious years at Old Trafford before joining Real Madrid. It was during his time he terrorized Premier League defenders and made life extremely difficult for several teams. Aston Villa – unfortunately – were one such team that suffered the full force of Ronaldo in the past.
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The Portuguese star has played against Aston Villa a total of 15 teams in his career and all of them have come while donning the jersey of Manchester United. Out of those 15 games, United have won 13 of them. They drew once and lost the other. Their only defeat came last season in a narrow 1-0 margin at Old Trafford. In his first stint though United enjoyed a great run against Villa whenever Ronaldo played.
Ronaldo’s first goal against Aston Villa came in 2004 during a 2-0 victory at Villa Park. He also scored twice in a 3-0 win on the same ground in 2006. His most memorable outing came during a 4-0 triumph at Old Trafford in 2008 when Ronaldo scored once and set up the remaining three goals. The last time the Portuguese forward scored against them was during the sensational 3-2 win in 2009. Even though Ronaldo scored an incredible double on that evening, that match will always be remembered for Federico Macheda’s dream injury-time winner on his debut.
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