Ronaldo Heroics Rescue Manchester United Again
It was another late show from Ronaldo, as once again the Portuguese talisman rescued Manchester United in a home Champions League fixture, as the Red Devils stormed back from two goals down at halftime to beat Atalanta 3-2.
Ronaldo’s goal, his 137th in the competition, may have done enough to save his managers job too, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer staring down the barrel after a torrid run of results.
However, as the third goal crashed in, the relief inside Old Trafford was palpable, and there is now renewed enthusiasm for Liverpool’s visit on the weekend.
While the manager was not happy heading into the half-time break two goals down, he was thrilled with the response his team made in the second half.
“Tonight was an attacking game from start to finish. I thought it was two teams who were offensive-minded and wanted to go attacking. Maybe we wanted to finish the attacks too quickly and maybe gave the ball away too easily trying a risky pass. But that’s in our DNA. We’ve got players running and players with the quality of playing the last pass. Then we’re 2-0 down from two chances. It is difficult and I almost didn’t understand how that happened. Bang, bang, we’re 2-0 down but we kept believing and that’s key.”
“[In the second half] As long as we didn’t concede a goal, I was pretty sure we’d win the game. Because we did create chances in the first half as well, it was just about taking them. I was quite happy with the performance. I felt we were growing more and more into the game and it happened. All credit to the players, they did really well.”
“I’ve said if you win your home games and get results away from home, you’ve got a good chance of going through. Tonight was a massive result. We got off to a slow start with the Young Boys game and, if we’re being honest, the red card has changed the game so that was disappointing. We didn’t play well against Villarreal, but we got the three points and dug in and I think tonight was a special night in terms of the togetherness, the spirit, the fight that we showed in the second half to keep believing and to keep pushing. Like I said, the fans gave us that. The energy that we felt from the fans in the second half was incredible.”
Jubilant fans went home singing Viva Ronaldo at the top of their lungs. Will their main man be able to stop a rampant Liverpool in the Premier League? If he is to have half a chance, he will need the defence to step up first…