Having spurned the advances of Manchester City, Ronaldo joined a squad brimming with brave, new talent riding on a wave of heady optimism ahead of the new season.
What has followed, however, has been nothing short of a nightmare.
United started the season well with Ronaldo hitting the ground running as their goalscoring spearhead but since those early days they have only managed to lurch from one disaster to the next.
They were sent packing in the Champions League, tumbled out of both domestic cups and fell woefully off the pace in the Premier League.
It was all capped by a record-breaking loss at Brighton over the weekend that left Ronaldo with naught to do but laugh at the miserable state of affairs.
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However, while joy has been hard to come by on the field, Ronaldo can at least take some comfort in the up and coming performances of his son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, who has been tearing it up in the United age groups.
Highlights of some of his performances have been doing the rounds online and it’s safe to say the lad is a chip off the old block.
Now, footage of the youngster practicing his free-kicks has emerged showing just how much talent the boy possesses.
He might only be 11, but Ronaldo Jr can certainly give the ball one heck of a ping, as you can see in the clip below.
If you want to be ultra-critical, you could say that it is not exactly top bins, but there can’t be many among us who could hit a ball so sweetly when we were that age.
It can’t be an easy environment for a fledgling career to blossom in considering the sheer weight that must come with bearing the name that he does but, for now, all the signs seem to be pointing in the right direction.
If he can keep his feet on the ground and head in the right place, Ronaldo Jr could prove to be some player.