Hackett verdict on Ronaldo chances of winning Man United penalty after whinge via Sky
Cristiano Ronaldo no longer has a reputation for diving like he did in his first spell at Man United, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League official suggested Ronaldo’s reputation will not stop him from earning penalties as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested.
The Man United boss told Sky Sports after the game: “Hopefully, it won’t be that Cristiano never gets a penalty.”
Solskjaer insisted his side deserved spot-kicks for challenges by Vladimir Coufal and Kurt Zouma on Ronaldo.
“Well, I think, his reputation is one of the past when he first came to England as a player,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I think in recent years with his maturity he has done it a lot less.
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“You’ve got to judge the individual and he has a right to play on the field of play.
“What is difficult is the skillset of players defending against him. As a result what they’ve got to do is take care.
“Those two incidents were penalty kicks and they should have been awarded.
“I’ve sung Martin Atkinson’s praises in the past but I don’t think that was up to standard. In that game, it was a pretty poor performance overall.”
Ronaldo scored Man United’s opening goal at the London Stadium as they came from behind to win 2-1.
The 36-year-old has already scored four times in just three games in his second spell with the Manchester giants.