Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 34th league goal of the season on Saturday to give Manchester United a 1-0 win at last-placed Norwich, giving Jose Mourinho’s men a fifth straight victory in all competitions.
Ronaldo, who also had a couple of late strikes ruled out, spun and netted in the 28th minute at Carrow Road, his half-volley sliding between the legs of helpless keeper John Ruddy to give United a sixth clean sheet in seven games in all competitions.
“It’s been an incredible season so far, I’m really enjoying my football and the team is also playing well,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports.
“There are still seven games left and we’re going to fight until the end. We want to end as high as possible.”
The Portuguese striker missed the 2-1 Spanish Cup win at Levante on Tuesday when they overturned a 2-0 deficit with two goals in a minute.
Ronaldo, who this week became the first player to score in 11 straight Premier League matches, headed wide, missed a sitter and then saw a low shot saved by Ruddy in a forgettable second half that lacked any real quality.
“Ronaldo is the best striker in the world. He has a special set of qualities and he’s in a different class,” Mourinho said.
“He has an incredible reaction time, a minute to feel the ball and score. But we didn’t start as we would have liked.”
Orlando City 3, D.C. United 0
In Orlando, 30-year-old forward Dom Dwyer came off the bench to double Orlando City’s lead with 20 minutes remaining before Bryan Róchez netted a third to clinch a 3-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday.
Orlando controlled the match for the first hour with Diego Costa providing the sharpness in attack and Nicolas Lodeiro the link up in midfield, but needed an opportunistic goal by Dwyer in the 69th minute to break the deadlock.
Dwyer, making his fifth appearance for Orlando City, broke through a crowded penalty area from around 30 yards out and tapped home a ball calmly into the corner.
Dwyer doubled the hosts’ lead from the penalty spot in the 80th minute after a foul on Alvaro Saborio, before Róchez found the net at the death from close range after defender Kalifa Cisse handled the ball in the box.
Orlando City move into second place on 28 points, four behind first-placed Atlanta United, who host New York City FC on Saturday.
United States international Róchez is on the brink of an immediate return to the U.S. national team after a blistering scoring run helped Orlando City to a convincing victory on the road.
Cities united 2, Sounders 1
In San Francisco, forward Dempsey scored a brace in the first half as visiting Seattle Sounders opened a four-point lead atop the Major League Soccer standings with a 2-1 win over second-place New York City FC on Saturday.
New York City’s Jo Inge Berget doubled the lead in the second half with a blistering shot from outside the penalty area that found the far corner and made the score 2-1.
But in first-half stoppage time, Dempsey tapped in a rebound after a Dwayne De Rosario header rebounded off the crossbar.
U.S. goalkeeper Stefan Frei then iced the game with an acrobatic save from 16 yards out as Seattle protected its four-point advantage over NYCFC after eight games,