Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd: Goals, assists, results & fixtures in 2021-22

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  • 22 Jan 2022 18:19 CET
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Brentford v Man Utd, 2021-22

Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Man Utd from Juventus in the summer of 2021 was undoubtedly one of the biggest transfer stories in the world of football as the Portuguese legend returned to Old Trafford after 12 years away.

The 36-year-old remains one of the most prolific players in the world, with his return to England causing United fans to dream of their returning hero leading them back to silverware.

Most Premier League pundits, though, predicted a successful campaign for the Portugal great, and he is living up to that billing.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Ralf Rangnick, Man Utd, 2021-22

Ronaldo made his second debut for United against Newcastle on September 11, 2021. It was a dream day for the Portugal star as he scored twice in a 4-1 win at Old Trafford.

Indeed, the veteran made an incredible start to the season with United as he scored four goals in his first week. This included his first Champions League goal in his first Champions League appearance of 2021-22 against Young Boys and a strike in a 2-1 win over West Ham.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United in the 2021/22 season

Ronaldo suffered his first Premier League defeat back at United in a 1-0 home loss to Aston Villa but continued to be a clutch player in key moments.

He scored a winner deep into injury time to clinch a 2-1 UCL victory over Villarreal on September 29 and then headed home another late clincher in the 3-2 comeback win over Atalanta. He also fired home late on to rescue a point in the 2-2 draw away at Atalanta.

Ronaldo is back at Old Trafford

Ronaldo is back at Old Trafford

But, Ronaldo goals aside, Man Utd were struggling under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They lost 4-2 at Leicester City and were thrashed 5-0 at home by Liverpool in the Premier League to put Ole on the brink of the sack.

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Solskjaer survived for a while, with Ronaldo scoring and assisting in a 3-0 victory at Tottenham. But a 2-0 loss to local rivals Man City in the Manchester derby and a humiliating 4-1 thrashing to relegation-threatened Watford was the final nail in the coffin for the manager, who was sacked on November 21.

Ronaldo scored in the first game of the post-Solskjaer era under caretaker manager Michael Carrick, lobbing the goalkeeper in a 2-0 Champions League win at Villarreal. He then surpassed 800 career goals with a double in a 3-2 victory over Arsenal.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his Premier League double in Man Utd 3-2 Arsenal

Ralf Rangnick was hired in December as interim manager until the end of the season. And this didn't stop Ronaldo from ending 2021 on a high. He scored two and assisted one in United's final three games of the year. This meant that in 2021, Ronaldo scored an impressive 14 goals in 20 appearances for Man Utd.

The year 2022 did not start as well as the previous one ended, though.

Indeed, he failed to score in any of the club's first three Premier League matches of the new year, drawing a blank against Wolves, Brentford and West Ham in successive fixtures. Moreover, he failed to record even an assist, while he reacted angrily to being replaced in the clash against the Bees.

This page will be regularly updated to showcase Ronaldo’s individual club statistics for Manchester United throughout the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo: 2021-22 stats

Appearances: 22

Starts: 20

Goals: 14

Assists: 3

Ronaldo: Matches played

Man Utd 4-1 Newcastle, September 11 – Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 2

Assists: 0

It was a dream second debut for Ronaldo at Man Utd

It was a dream second debut for Ronaldo at Man Utd

Young Boys 2-1 Man Utd, September 14 - Champions League

Minutes played: 72

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Ronaldo scored but also felt he should have had a penalty

Ronaldo scored but also felt he should have had a penalty

West Ham 1-2 Man Utd, September 19 – Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Man Utd 0-1 West Ham, September 22 – EFL Cup

Minutes played: 0

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd 0-1 Aston Villa, September 25 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd 2-1 Villarreal, September 29 - Champions League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Ronaldo's winner against Villarreal prompted jubilant scenes

Ronaldo's winner against Villarreal prompted jubilant scenes

Man Utd 1-1 Everton, October 2 – Premier League

Minutes played: 33

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Leicester 4-2 Man Utd, October 16 – Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

There was huge frustration for United and Ronaldo at Leicester

There was huge frustration for United and Ronaldo at Leicester

Man Utd 3-2 Atalanta, October 20 - Champions League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Ronaldo produced another famous UCL moment at Old Trafford

Ronaldo produced another famous UCL moment at Old Trafford

Man Utd 0-5 Liverpool, October 24 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Tottenham 0-3 Man Utd, October 30 - Premier League

Minutes played: 71

Goals: 1

Assists: 1

Ronaldo grabbed a goal and an assist in the 3-0 win at Tottenham

Ronaldo grabbed a goal and an assist in the 3-0 win at Tottenham

Atalanta 2-2 Man Utd, November 2 - Champions League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 2

Assists: 0

Man Utd 0-2 Man City, November 6 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Ronaldo was frustrated as Man City dominated the Manchester derby

Ronaldo was frustrated as Man City dominated the Manchester derby

Watford 4-1 Man Utd, November 20 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 1

A bad defeat to Watford meant the sack for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

A bad defeat to Watford meant the sack for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Villarreal 0-2 Man Utd, November 23 - Champions League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd, November 28 - Premier League

Minutes played: 26

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Ronaldo came on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea

Ronaldo came on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea

Villarreal 0-2 Man Utd, November 23 - Champions League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Man Utd 3-2 Arsenal, December 2 - Premier League

Minutes played: 87

Goals: 2

Assists: 0

Ronaldo had a fine outing in the win over Arsenal

Ronaldo had a fine outing in the win over Arsenal

Man Utd 1-0 Crystal Palace, December 5 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd 0-0 Young Boys, December 8 - Champions League

Minutes played: 0

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Norwich City 0-1 Man Utd, December 11 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Newcastle 1-1 Man Utd, December 27- Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd 3-1 Burnley, December 30 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 1

Assists: 1

Man Utd 0-1 Wolves, January 3 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa, January 10 - FA Cup

Minutes played: 0

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Aston Villa 2-2 Man Utd, January 15 - Premier League

Minutes played: 0

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Brentford 1-3 Man Utd, January 19 - Premier League

Minutes played: 71

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd 1-0 West Ham, January 22 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd: Remaining fixtures

Man Utd v Middlesborough, February 5 (tbc) - FA Cup

Burnley v Man Utd, February 8 - Premier League

Man Utd v Southampton, February 12 - Premier League

Leeds v Man Utd, February 20 - Premier League

Atletico Madrid v Man Utd, February 23 - Champions League

Man Utd v Watford, February 26 - Premier League

Man City v Man Utd, March 5 - Premier League

Man Utd v Tottenham, March 12 - Premier League

Man Utd v Atletico Madrid, March 15 - Champions League

Liverpool v Man Utd, March 19 - Premier League

Man Utd v Leicester City, April 2 - Premier League

Everton v Man Utd, April 9 - Premier League

Man Utd v Norwich City, April 16 - Premier League

Arsenal v Man Utd, April 23 - Premier League

Man Utd v Brentford, April 30 - Premier League

Brighton v Man Utd, May 7 - Premier League

Man Utd v Chelsea, May 15 - Premier League

Crystal Palace v Man Utd, May 22 - Premier League

Cristiano Ronaldo 2020-21 stats

The 2020-21 season was not a vintage one for Ronaldo from a team point of view, even though he again produced some impressive individual statistics in his last full year in Italy.

Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by Porto, while Inter ended the club’s historic run of nine straight Serie A triumphs, resulting in the departure of coach Andrea Pirlo.

It was a mixed final season in Italy for Ronaldo with Juventus

It was a mixed final season in Italy for Ronaldo with Juventus

Ronaldo did win one trophy, playing in the final of the Coppa Italia as Juve triumphed over Atalanta.

For his goalscoring efforts in Serie A, the Portugal international won the Capocannoniere for the first time in three attempts in Italy's top flight.

Ronaldo took that award after scoring 29 times in 33 league games (31 starts).

Across all competitions, he finished with 36 goals from 44 outings (41 starts), just one goal less than the 37 he had managed in the previous year and significantly more than the 28 registered in his first season.