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Players who haunted their former clubs as Ronaldo returns to Man Utd

Nick Murphy | 23 October 2018

Who scored against their ex-employers?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba will both face their respective former clubs on Tuesday night, as Manchester United host Juventus in the Champions League.  

The Portuguese star is 8/5 to Score Anytime, with Pogba rated a 3/1 chance. Can they find the back of the net and replicate these five former favourites, each of whom netted against their old employers?

Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City v Arsenal)

Togo international Adebayor almost caused a full-scale riot after netting against former employers Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in 2009.

The forward headed past Manuel Almunia to make it 3-1 to the hosts before sprinting the full length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the travelling Gunners fans.

Plastic bottles, chairs and vitriol rained down upon the £25m man in one of the most iconic Premier League celebrations of all-time.

Robin van Persie (Man United v Arsenal)

After eight injury-ravaged years in North London, van Persie swapped Arsenal for Manchester United in August 2012. It took him just three minutes to score in his first match back against the Gunners.

The Dutchman executed a perfectly drilled effort to put Sir Alex Ferguson’s men on their way to a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.

He scored a further two goals against his old club – including a penalty on his first return to the Emirates Stadium.

Luis Figo (Real Madrid v Barcelona)

El Clasico is more or less the footballing equivalent of civil war. So Luis Figo’s £37m move from Barcelona to title rivals Real Madrid in 2000 more than ruffled a few feathers.

His first return wasn’t without incident. One Barca fan threw a pig’s head at the winger while he was taking a corner. The Portuguese ace got his own back the following year, though.

With Real leading 1-0 back at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2001, Figo struck a low shot with a minute to play to make it 2-0 before running off in celebration.

Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United v Stoke City)

There’s only one way to silence the boo boys on the return to your old stomping ground – score.

And that’s just what Arnautovic did on his first appearance back at Stoke City after moving to West Ham United in the summer of 2017.

He was substituted four minutes later. But not before incurring the wrath of the home support and Potters manager Mark Hughes by making a crossed-arms ‘irons’ symbol to the away fans.

Frank Lampard (Manchester City v Chelsea)

Not all former players face their old clubs with a desire to prove their old fan base wrong.

For Lampard it was quite the opposite. The midfield ace had won everything there was to win at Chelsea and was revered by Blues fans, with his place in Stamford Bridge folklore secure.

Yet a surprise loan-spell at Man City prior to joining New York City pitched him against his old club. And he scored too – netting a late equaliser in September 2014.

Lampard stood up and walked away after finding the back of the net, failing to show any emotion against his old side.

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