In what wasn't one of his best games, Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a stoppage-time winner as Manchester United came from behind to secure a 2-1 Champions League win over Villarreal at Old Trafford. The five-time Ballon d'Or champ had scarcely threatened until he let go past Geronimo Rulli at the back post to ease the mounting weight on United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with for all intents and purposes the final kick of the game.
United were gazing down the barrel of another humiliating defeat from the Champions League after deservedly falling behind early within the first half to Paco Alcacer's shrewd finish. Alex Telles' shocking strike leveled, matters but a 6th draw from open play in as many games between the sides was on the cards until Ronaldo's late intervention.
Rio Ferdinand had this to say after the game; “He [Cristiano Ronaldo] text me tonight saying ‘I didn’t’ play well... but I knew I’d score.’ "That’s the belief that he has. The other players are feeding off it. It’s a great place to be.”
Ronaldo's heroics came 12 years on from his last Champions League outing in United red and came on the night he broke Iker Casillas' appearance record in the competition.
Since returning to Old Trafford in a €15 million switch from Juventus, Ronaldo has hit five goals in as many games - only failing to score in the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the weekend.
Looks like the big man is bringing back the glory to Old Trafford
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