•   
  •   

Sport Ronaldo completes stunning Man Utd comeback

01:35  21 october  2021
01:35  21 october  2021 Source:   skysports.com

The Premier League Instagram rich list shows Cristiano Ronaldo is an icon amongst mortals

  The Premier League Instagram rich list shows Cristiano Ronaldo is an icon amongst mortals Ronaldo is one of the famous athletes in sports historyWhen the Portuguese superstar re-signed for Manchester United this summer, you only had to look at the monstrous social media engagement and kit sales to see just how big of a deal it really was.

Cristiano Ronaldo's late header saw Manchester United come from 2-0 down at half-time to produce a stunning second-half comeback to relieve the pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 3-2 victory against Atalanta on a dramatic Champions League night at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer's position at United was firmly in the spotlight Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Leicester and the pressure looked to be mounting on the Norwegian as goals from Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral saw Atalanta take a 2-0 lead into the interval.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a dramatic winner for Manchester United © Getty Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a dramatic winner for Manchester United How the teams lined up | Match statsChampions League results | Group tablesGet Sky Sports - Latest offers

The half-time whistle was greeted by boos from the home fans but whatever Solskjaer said to his side at the break worked wonders as goals from Marcus Rashford (53) and Harry Maguire (75) brought the home side level with 15 minutes to play.

No Solskjaer let up as Portugal boss slams Man Utd Ronaldo decision

  No Solskjaer let up as Portugal boss slams Man Utd Ronaldo decision The players may be away on international duty but that has not stopped the manager getting it in the neck.Ronaldo, 36, has enjoyed a dream return to Old Trafford, scoring five goals from six appearances in all competitions. Three of those have come in the Premier League and he had played every minute of three top-flight games before the Toffees clash. The Portugal skipper started from the bench before replacing Edinson Cavani on 57 minutes.

It was all set up for a grandstand finish and with time running out, it was that man Ronaldo who provided the finishing touch, heading home to complete what was a sensational comeback from Solskjaer's side.

Victory sees United, who at one stage during the match sat bottom of the group, move to the top of Group F with three matches remaining and it gives them a welcome boost ahead of Sunday's Premier League encounter with Liverpool, which is live on Sky Sports (kick-off 4.30pm).

How Man Utd's dramatic comeback stunned Atalanta...

Manchester United started with intent as Scott McTominay drove forward and played in Rashford, but the England international, whose blushes were eventually spared by the offside flag, pulled his shot wide of the target.

Ronaldo gets goals but he also puts pressure on United's weakest areas

  Ronaldo gets goals but he also puts pressure on United's weakest areas The Portuguese averages 3.7 miles per 90 minutes. At the top is Atletico Madrid's Yannick Carrasco, with eight miles Even Lionel Messi, who famously walks everywhere, manages 5.2. Koen Casteels, who plays for Wolfsburg, averages 3.9 miles. He’s their goalkeeper, by the way. © Provided by Daily Mail United fans will ask ‘so what?’ But this is a United team that Solskjaer had been so keen to build in the image of youthful vigour. Now, he’s got a 36-year-old who hardly moves up front.No forward in the top-flight this season averages fewer pressures of an opponent per game than Ronaldo.

Despite United's positive start, Atalanta were not overawed and opened the scoring after 15 minutes.

A quickly taken free-kick caught the hosts out, with smart hold-up play from Luis Muriel eventually allowing Davide Zappacosta to cross for Pasalic to score from close range. A VAR check for offside ensued but Pasalic just timed his run and the goal stood.

Things went from bad to worse for the home side as they fell further behind in the 28th minute. Teun Koopmeiners sent in a corner from the right and Demiral rose above Luke Shaw and Maguire to head past David de Gea and into the far corner.

The frustration began to build around Old Trafford and it heightened as United wasted a host of glorious chances to get back into the game before half-time.

Bruno Fernandes' flick played Fred in, who kept his composure and got past one challenge before bending his strike wide of the far post from close range.

Savage aims thinly-veiled dig at Carragher during Man Utd win

  Savage aims thinly-veiled dig at Carragher during Man Utd win Man Utd came from two goals down to beat Atalanta on WednesdayThe Red Devils had given themselves an uphill task after they went into the half-time interval 2-0 down with goals from Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral giving the Serie A side a deserved lead.

There was one final chance for the hosts before the break and it fell to Rashford in first-half stoppage time, but his effort clipped the top of the crossbar, with the half-time whistle greeted by boos from the home fans.

It was a big team talk for Solskjaer and his side returned strongly from the break and they quickly pulled one goal back in the 53rd minute. Fernandes' first-time pass released Rashford, who slotted a right-footed shot home from a tight angle

The momentum was now with the home side and McTominay hit the post as United continued to push forward, but Atalanta remained a threat on the break, with De Gea forced into action with a fine double save to deny substitutes Duvan Zapata and Ruslan Malinovskyi.

However, United pulled level in the 75th minute when Fernandes' cross was flicked on by Edinson Cavani and the ball fell to Maguire, who swept home a fine finish at the far post.

Then came Ronaldo's big moment. Shaw whipped an inch-perfect left-footed cross over for the leaping Ronaldo to power a header beyond the Atalanta goalkeeper to spark wild Old Trafford celebrations.

Nev & Carra: Should Ronaldo make Man Utd-Liverpool combined XI?

  Nev & Carra: Should Ronaldo make Man Utd-Liverpool combined XI? Jamie Carragher has overlooked Cristiano Ronaldo in a Manchester United and Liverpool combined XI, while Gary Neville has surprisingly left out Bruno Fernandes.Speaking on Monday Night Football ahead of this weekend's clash between the two sides at Old Trafford, Carragher and Gary Neville debated the best 11 players on current form, and Ronaldo was not one of eight names unanimously agreed upon.

Opta stats: United on the comeback trail again...

Manchester United have won a Champions League game from 2+ goals down for the third time - no side has done so more often in the competition (Arsenal also 3).

United have conceded in each of their last 12 home games in all competitions, their longest run without a clean sheet at Old Trafford since February 1964 (13).

Atalanta led 2-0 after 28 minutes, the second earliest a team has led 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Champions League, after Braga in October 2012 (20 minutes). Manchester United also came back to win that match 3-2.

Marcus Rashford's strike was the 300th scored for Manchester United in all competitions under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, with Rashford also scoring the first back in December 2018.

Bruno Fernandes created eight chances in this match, the most on record for a Manchester United player in a single Champions League game (since 2003-04).

What's next for Man Utd?

Manchester United host Liverpool in the Premier League on Super Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports.

Their next Champions League assignment is a trip to Atalanta on November 2; kick-off 8pm.

Video shows the difference between Ronaldo and Messi at HT while losing big CL matches .
Ronaldo and Messi are the greatest players in Champions League historyThe two greatest goalscorers in the history of Europe's premier competition, they boast a combined total of nine triumphs with Ronaldo narrowly edging out his rival having lifted 'Big Ears' five times.

usr: 0
This is interesting!