Ole’s praise for Ronaldo: ‘That’s what he does best’

Ole’s praise for Ronaldo: ‘That’s what he does best’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the general affect of match-winner Cristiano Ronaldo as Manchester United roared serve to beat Atalanta on a evening when depressed defending threatened to fee them.

Solskjaer and his facet absorb been the sphere of intense scrutiny in the produce-up to Wednesday’s Champions League group game after defeat to Leicester and a bustle of fine one take infive fits in all competitions.

United absorb been facing a fifth loss in eight fits when Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral capitalised on lax defending to supply Atalanta a two-honest lead, ensuing in boos from some fans at Passe Trafford at half-time.

However Solskjaer’s facet showed their skill to fight serve yet all over again, with Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire scoring earlier than Ronaldo headed dwelling to provide it 3-2.

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‘First half we played some correct stuff’

Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes react after one of Atalanta's goals at Old Trafford

Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes react after indubitably one of Atalanta’s needs at Passe Trafford

“That’s soccer,” said Solskjaer when asked about dear first-half errors being adopted by a storming comeback.

“First half I thought we played some correct stuff. Our ending wasn’t correct adequate. They had two probabilities and in those two moments, certain, we switched off and we conceded two easy needs. Then in the 2d half David (De Gea) makes two astonishing saves.

“The contrast in performances is no longer any longer that large and that’s the explanation what decides the outcome – it is the quality and the quality of the finishes we had.

“The 2d half modified into powerful better than the first on myth of we created many probabilities in the first half as successfully. However I will be capable to realize why folks who operate no longer in spite of every part look every game see the inconsistency and interior that game clearly going 2-0 down it seems to be in spite of every part unpleasant. However the performance wasn’t 2-0 down mighty and that modified into the message at half-time.

“Support going indulge in this, excellent add extra quality on your ending, salvage an further circulation off and clearly be positive we operate no longer concede a honest.”

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Ole on Ronaldo: ‘That’s what he does better than most’

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring Manchester United's winner against Atalanta

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring Manchester United’s winner against Atalanta

United’s defensive drama is nothing recent – this modified into the 19th time in 20 fits they didn’t save a neat sheet – nor modified into Ronaldo proving the hero.

The Portugal forward’s role has reach below scrutiny of slow however Solskjaer modified into gay alongside with his ragged group-mate’s inform.

“I modified into in spite of every part, in spite of every part happy with how he led the street,” the United boss said.

Cristiano's Champions League stats

Ronaldo’s Champions League stats

“As a centre forward we asked him to bustle the channels, tumble in, press extra on myth of we’re at dwelling, clearly. We are looking out for to salvage the group in the serve of us.

“Even he modified into down interior his beget six-yard box in direction of the head defending, you would possibly perchance presumably perchance presumably see him sprinting. He did every part a centre forward ought to be doing, leading the street and defending.


“If anyone wants to criticise him for work-fee or attitude, excellent look this game. Gawk how he runs round.

“And clearly the honest is good what he does better than most. The header is no longer any longer on a par alongside with his Roma one however he’s serene got a jump and timing indulge in no-one else.”

If anyone wants to criticise him for work-fee or attitude, excellent look this game. Gawk how he runs round.

Solskjaer hails ‘massive’ victory

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts during Manchester United's match vs Atalanta

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his facet enhance from 2-0 down to take 3-2

At 2-0 down, United absorb been heading for bottom pronounce in the group however the turnaround blueprint they are now in an unbelievable role to qualify for the knockout stages with three video games left to play.

Solskjaer hailed the comeback victory as “massive” in the context of the group.

He said: “I’ve said if you are taking your pronounce video games and salvage outcomes a long way from dwelling, you absorb an real likelihood of going thru.

“Tonight modified into a large outcome. We got off to a late start with the Young Boys game and, if we’re being correct, the purple card has modified the sport so that modified into disappointing.

“We didn’t play successfully against Villarreal, however we got the three facets and dug in and I suspect tonight modified into a determined evening in phrases of the togetherness, the spirit, the fight that we showed in the 2d half to avoid losing believing and to avoid losing pushing.

“Love I said, the fans gave us that. The vitality that we felt from the fans in the 2d half modified into phenomenal.”

Ole on the United fans: ‘They continuously turn up’

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:

“It’s excellent perception, that’s what it comes down to, with the group and they sensed it in the 2d half with how the players got right here out. I said it earlier than the sport, if we exit there and give every part for the group, we are going to absorb the group in the serve of our backs. They continuously cease right here. They continuously turn up, the singing fracture and the Red Military absorb been astonishing.”

‘Rashford ought to be match to face Liverpool’

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Manchester United vs Liverpool, are living on Sky Sports on Sunday (kick-off 4.30pm)

United are now making ready for Sunday’s Premier League stumble upon with rivals Liverpool – a match Rashford wants assessing earlier than having bought a ineffective leg.

“I operate no longer know,” Solskjaer said of his availability for the weekend.

“I’m hoping so and I suspect so. It is a ineffective leg and normally that can expend longer than what you need however if we treat it successfully he ought to be OK.”

Atalanta boss Gasperini left pissed off

 Merih Demiral celebrates after scoring for Atalanta vs Manchester United

Merih Demiral celebrates after scoring for Atalanta vs Manchester United

Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini modified into understandably pissed off to head away Passe Trafford having been up to bustle on the ruin.

“Against this group, one 2d is adequate to alter things,” he said.

“I suspect that had we scored a third – and we went close – we would possibly perchance presumably absorb obtained.

“We absorb been missing a pair of players, however folks who played did successfully. We knew United absorb been sturdy. We be taught from these fits, however at some level we are looking out for to cease finding out and cease extra.”