Man Utds Cristiano Ronaldo still showing Premier League strikers how its done

Cristiano Ronaldo is still providing Premier League strikers with a benchmark to aim for, according to Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Ronaldo has made a huge impact since re-joining Manchester United from Juventus in the summer.

The 36-year-old has contributed seven goals and one assist in 10 appearances in the Premier League and Champions League for United so far this season.

Ronaldo is a very different player to the one which left the Premier League to join Real Madrid back in 2009, but he remains a clinical goalscorer.

His prowess in front of goal was there for all to see on Saturday, as he blasted home a stunning volley in United’s 3-0 win over Tottenham.

And Everton forward Calvert-Lewin says he studies Ronaldo’s movement and all-round game to learn from the best.

"As a centre-forward, I love to see it,” he said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

“I’ve studied him and someone I’ve always looked at. Thinking how has he got himself in these positions?

“You spend a lot of time watching players in front of you. You might appear at the right place at the right time but you’ve got to ask yourself how did you get there."

Calvert-Lewin was in the studio, rather than on the pitch, on Monday night due to a thigh injury.

Without him on the pitch, Everton slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Wolves in the Premier League

While he was powerless to prevent his side’s defeat, Calvert-Lewin had plenty to say about Ronaldo – and in particular his volley to open the scoring against Tottenham.

"I think with the goal that Ronaldo scored it’s a one vs one battle with the defender,” he explained.

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“It’s fantastic technique but he’s won the battle as soon as he’s gotten on the wrong side of Ben Davies. As players, and the ball is moving, he’s thinking ‘how can I score?’

“He’s the best player in the world and it's due to his work rate and his willingness to keep scoring goals."

Ronaldo will be back in action on Tuesday when United travel to face Atalanta in the Champions League before returning to Manchester for Saturday’s derby against Man City.

Calvert-Lewin has not featured for Everton since August 28 and, with his absence set to continue, he admitted he was struggling with the mental side of the injury.

"Being a player I want to play every game,” he said. “To watch it, it’s difficult when results don’t go your way and you can’t help."

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