Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Champions League nights at Man Utd are ‘magical’ after late winner Cristiano Ronaldo

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Champions League nights at Man Utd are ‘magical’ after late winner Cristiano Ronaldo


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described the Champions League nights at Old Trafford as “magical” after Cristiano Ronaldo’s last winner against Villarreal.

Manchester United were on the verge of winning another European draw when Ronaldo returned home in the 95th minute to secure his side their first points of the Champions League campaign.

It’s the opposite of a fortnight ago when Young Boys knocked out United late and Solskjaer praised the support of the home crowd at another momentous night at Old Trafford.

He said: “Old Trafford Champions League is magic and sometimes history can help us. Tonight Cristiano scored a good goal and Alex [Telles] scored a fantastic goal.

“That’s what’s going on here at Old Trafford. It has happened so many times before. We had to be careful and we were lucky in the end.

“Getting all three points at home is important. We know we have to hit ten, maybe 12 points to pass. This is a huge result for the team and for the spirit of the team as well. It’s a better way to win. a match that the one we lost a few weeks ago. But it’s football, it’s only ups and downs and today we have a result that we are delighted with.

“I’d rather have a win and a loss than two draws. “

It was another scoring goal for Ronaldo, who has passed Iker Casillas for all-time Champions League appearances, having now played 178 times.

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Cristiano Ronaldo saved Man Utd again with late winner

“He’s done it so many times,” Solskjaer said. “When you saw him against the Republic of Ireland a few weeks ago [for Portugal], he missed an early penalty, didn’t touch the ball more or less and then scored two stunning heads in the final two minutes.

“That’s exactly what he’s been doing throughout his career. He’s so strong mentally. He stays in the game, I saw him all day today, how he built himself for this game, how focused he was and when he gets that one lucky, that’s But a real mark of a very good finisher is that he stays calm when the opportunity arises.

“He’s so good in front of goal and he impacts everyone – the crowd, the players, everyone. “

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David de Gea made a series of superb saves against Villarreal

Praise was also given to goalkeeper David de Gea, who made a series of world-class first-half saves to keep United tied.

Solskjaer added: “It had a difficult summer after the final. He went to the Euro, didn’t play there, but he really came back with a determination and a conviction and a pace of work that I appreciated.

“And today he got a deserved result because he saved us tonight, we have to be realistic and say it. We have two very good goalkeepers in Dean [Henderson] and Tom [Heaton] too, but tonight David deserves the man of the match from me. “

Fernandes: forwards always have the feeling of scoring

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after his 95th-minute goal

Bruno Fernandes took the captain’s armband for the evening, and said he was confident his team would be victorious on Wednesday.

He said BT Sport: “I always had the feeling that we were going to win the game. When they scored I felt we could come back to the game and turn the tide.

“After Alex’s goal, everyone feels the atmosphere was incredible, the push from the fans was incredible. There were some big saves from David which helped a lot to keep the result 1-1 and at the end with Cristiano always telling us that the forwards feel like they are scoring and have helped us once again.

“We finished the game with two forwards where we know that if we put the ball in the box Edi and Cristiano are alive for everything, we know they can score anytime. That’s why we started doing more crosses when Edi came in. And we scored the goal, we’re very happy about that.

“It’s always difficult to play against Spanish teams. We know they are playing very well, they are good with the ball and we already know the manager like here in England.

“Their teams always play good football, also in defense, they are organized. But I think we did a good job, sometimes we have to be patient and not insist all the time. The main point was the three points and we did it. “

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