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

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  • Updated: 7 May 2022 20:57 CEST
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FT Desk Updated: 7 May 2022 20:57 CEST 14 min read
Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo

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.

After a strong start, though, his fortunes then faded. Indeed, he even endured his longest scoring drought since 2009 when he went six league games without finding the net. Furthermore, he is on course for the worst league finish of is entire career.

However, he has recently found a rich vein of form and has scored each of Man Utd's past five goals.

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.

The uncharacteristically poor run of form continued in the FA Cup. In a fourth-round clash against Championship side Middlesbrough, Ronaldo was again held in check. Perhaps most remarkably, though, he missed a penalty in normal time. He made up for this by converting in the shootout, though the Red Devils were knocked out.

Surprisingly, Ronaldo was then dropped for Man Utd's next league match against Burnley and despite coming on in the second half he was unable to add to his tally. The Portugal international then started the following league game against Southampton but was unable to find the back of the net there too.

Ronaldo finally scored his first goal of 2022 in the 2-0 win over Brighton on February 15.

This proved to be something of a flash in the pan for Ronaldo during a difficult period. Indeed, he would not score again in February, failing to net in three subsequent matches.

Into March and he missed the crucial Manchester derby at the Etihad due to a hip flexor injury. Man Utd were subsequently thrashed 4-1.

After a mini-break in Portugal, Ronaldo returned to England with a bang. He put in a vintage performance with a brilliant hat-trick in the 3-2 win over Tottenham.

Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick in front of Tom Brady

Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick in front of Tom Brady

But the joy was short-lived as in the very next game Man Utd were dumped out of the Champions League in the last-16 stage, losing 1-0 at home to Atletico Madrid.

After Ronaldo had helped Portugal qualify for the World Cup with victories over Turkey and North Macedonia at the end of March, he picked up a virus that prevented him from featuring in Man Utd's 1-1 home draw with Leicester.

When he made his return to action, it proved to be a frustrating event as Man Utd were defeated 1-0 away to Everton in a result that dealt a huge blow to their top four hopes.

However, he netted his second hat-trick of 2022 as Man Utd secured a vital 3-2 home win over Norwich as they chased fourth place in the league. Ronaldo had initially netted two first-half goals only to see the visitors hit back, but a brilliant free kick won the game for the Red Devils.

Tragically, Ronaldo would miss a trip to Liverpool due to the death of his baby son during birth. When he returned to action, he did so in typically resilient style by poaching a goal in a 3-1 defeat against Arsenal. It was a landmark strike for him as it was his 100th in the Premier League, making him the fourth Man Utd player to hit that achievement for the club.

He then rescued the equaliser against Chelsea to seal a point for the Red Devils, despite being dominated, in their hunt for European football.

His hot run of form continued the following Monday in an encounter against Brentford at Old Trafford - the last home match of the season. Ronaldo signed off by scoring a penalty, while he also had a goal disallowed for a marginal offside call in a comfortable 3-1 victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo, 100 Premier League goals, Man Utd

Man Utd's penultimate game of the season was far less successful, though, as they were thrashed 4-0 at Brighton.

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: 38

Starts: 34

Goals: 24

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 1-1 Middlesborough (pens 7-8), February 4 - FA Cup

Minutes played: 120

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Burnley 1-1 Man Utd, February 8 - Premier League

Minutes played: 22

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd v Southampton, February 12 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd 2-0 Brighton, February 12 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Ronaldo scored his first goal of 2022 against Brighton

Ronaldo scored his first goal of 2022 against Brighton

Leeds United 2-4 Man Utd, February 20 - Premier League

Minutes played: 85

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Man Utd, February 23 - Champions League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd 0-0 Watford, February 26 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man City 4-1 Man Utd, March 5 - Premier League

Minutes played: 0

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd 3-2 Tottenham, March 12 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 3

Assists: 0

Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick in front of Tom Brady

Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick in front of Tom Brady

Man Utd 0-1 Atletico Madrid, March 16 - Champions League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd were knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico

Man Utd were knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico

Man Utd 1-1 Leicester City, April 2 - Premier League

Minutes played: 0

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Everton 1-0 Man Utd, April 9 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd 3-2 Norwich City, April 16 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 3

Assists: 0

Ronaldo GFX

Liverpool 0-4 Man Utd, April 19- Premier League

Minutes played: 0

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd, April 23 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

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

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Man Utd 3-0 Brentford, May 2 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Brighton 4-0 Man Utd, May 7 - Premier League

Minutes played: 90

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Man Utd: Remaining fixtures

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.