Comparing Man Utd’s record with and without Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo looks frustrated during the FA Cup tie at Old Trafford. February 2022. Credit: PA Images
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo looks frustrated during the FA Cup tie at Old Trafford. February 2022. Credit: PA Images

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United last summer but his second spell at the club hasn’t been as successful as he’d have hoped. 

While Ronaldo continued to score goals and was named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, United had a disastrous season and finished sixth.

Despite the fact that United won’t be playing Champions League football next season, the 37-year-old decided to stay at Old Trafford for another year.

“I was and still am very happy to be here,” Ronaldo said in a recent interview. “I know [Erik ten Hag] did a fantastic job for Ajax and that he’s an experienced coach but we need to give him time and things need to change the way he wants.

“I hope we have success. I wish him the best. We are happy and excited. Let’s believe that next year we are going to win trophies. I believe that Manchester [United] will be where they belong. Sometimes it takes time, but I still believe.”

But he’s since had concerns about United’s lack of transfer activity so far this summer and reportedly wants them to match his ambition by strengthening the squad.

According to The Athletic, Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly recently met with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes but United intend to keep their No.7.

We’ve taken a look at United’s record with Ronaldo in the starting XI and compared it to their record without him since the start of the 2021-22 season.

As the stats show, United actually have a higher win rate and average more points per game when Ronaldo is starting.

The Portugal international was United’s top goalscorer with 24 goals in all competitions last season and it’s not surprising that they average more goals per game when he’s playing.

But United’s defensive record does improve slightly when Ronaldo is left out of the starting XI and they also lose fewer games on average.

With Cristiano Ronaldo starting

Games: 35
Wins: 17
Draws: 7
Defeats: 11

Points per game: 1.65
Win rate: 48.5%
Loss rate: 31.4%

Goals: 55
Goals per game: 1.57
Goals against: 50
Goals against per game: 1.42

Without Cristiano Ronaldo starting

Games: 14
Wins: 3
Draws: 7
Defeats: 4

Points per game: 1.14
Win rate: 21.4%
Loss rate: 28.5%

Goals: 16
Goals per game: 1.14
Goals against: 19
Goals against per game: 1.35

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