Monday 19th March 2007, FA Cup: Manchester United 1 Boro 0
Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half penalty was enough to send Manchester United through to the FA Cup semi-finals.
Ronaldo was chopped down from behind by Jonathan Woodgate with the winger clinically dispatching the spot-kick.
Middlesbrough fans accused Ronaldo of diving, but after the game, Woodgate spoke out about the incident. “Whether it was a penalty or not I don’t know, I couldn’t honestly tell myself. But I don’t think he dived so you can’t blame him. He’s a fantastic player. There is a touch of genius in him and to be fair, he lights up the Premiership.”
Cristiano Ronaldo, who in the 2006-2007 was awarded with the titles of PFA Player and Young Player of the Year, PFA Fans Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Player of the Year, Barclays Player of the Season, United’s Player of the Year as voted for by both the players and fans, and finally, pipped Jose Mourinho to Portgual’s Sportsman of the Year, also responded to the incident. “It is a decision for the referee. For me it is a penalty. You need to look at the television. I just don’t understand as every time with Cristiano it is a polemic and I don’t know why. Maybe some people don’t like me. Maybe I’m just too good.”
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