Solskjaer hits back at Ronaldo’s critics after Atalanta win

Manchester United s Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Manchester United to a 3-2 comeback win against Atalanta in the Champions League.

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has been receiving criticism lately for his lack of goals in the last few games.

However, the Portuguese superstar was a big influence in a thrilling comeback win against Atalanta last night at Old Trafford, scoring a late winner as he did against Villarreal in the previous UCL encounter.

Following the win, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that Ronaldo’s attitude and work rate couldn’t be doubted at any cost.

Solskjaer said (h/t The Sun): “If anyone wants to criticise Ronaldo for attitude and work rate just watch the game and how he runs around and he is great in front of goal.

“I was really pleased with how he led the line. “We ask him to run the channels, to drop and press more because we are at home.

“He was even down inside our six yard box defending. He did everything a centre forward should be doing and of course the goal is just what he does better than most.”

Trailing by the scoreline of 2-0 at halftime, United entered the second half with a mission and they quickly scored two goals with the help of Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire. Ronaldo netted a stunning header in the 81st minute to complete the comeback against the Italian side.

With that goal, the 36-year-old has found the net in three consecutive games in the Champions League this season and besides, he has three goals to his name in the Premier League.