Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described the Champions League nights at Old Trafford as “magical” after Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest win against Villarreal.
Manchester United were on the brink of another European draw when Ronaldo came home in the 95th minute to secure his team their first points of the Champions League campaign.
It’s the opposite of a fortnight ago when the Young Boys surprised United in the end, and Solskjaer praised the support of the home crowd on another memorable night at Old Trafford.
He said: “The Old Trafford Champions League is magical and sometimes history can help us. Tonight, Cristiano made a good goal and Alex [Telles] scored a fantastic goal.
“That’s what happens here at Old Trafford. It has happened so many times before. We had to throw caution to the wind and we were lucky in the end.
“Adding all three points at home is important. We know we have to get to ten, maybe 12 points to pass. It’s a huge result for the team and also for the team spirit. It’s a better way to win.” a match than the one we lost a few weeks ago. But that’s football, there are ups and downs and today we get a result that we love.
“I’d rather have one win and one loss than two draws.”
It was another headline-grabbing goal from Ronaldo, who edged out Iker Casillas in all-time Champions League, having played 178 times.
“He has done it so many times,” Solskjaer said. “When you saw him against the Republic of Ireland a few weeks ago [for Portugal], missed an early penalty, touched neither more nor less, and then scored two big headers in the final two minutes.
“That’s what he’s done throughout his career. He’s so mentally strong. He stays in the game, I’ve seen him all day today, the way he’s prepared for this game, how focused he’s been and when does he get it “. chance, it’s a goal. But a true mark of a very good finisher is that he stays calm when the opportunity comes.
“He’s so good in front of goal and he has an impact on everyone – the crowd, the players, everyone.”
There was also praise for goalkeeper David de Gea, who made a series of world-class saves in the first half to keep United in the tie.
Solskjaer added: “He had a difficult summer after the final. He went to the Euro, he did not play there, but he has really come back with determination, conviction and a pace of work that I have enjoyed.
“And today, he got a well deserved result because he saved us tonight, we have to be realistic and say that. We have two very good goalkeepers in Dean. [Henderson] and Tom [Heaton] also, but tonight, David deserves, from me, the man of the match. “
Fernandes: forwards always want to score
Bruno Fernandes took the captain’s armband for the night and says he was confident that his team would be victorious on Wednesday.
He said BT sport: “I always had the feeling that we would win the game. When they scored, I felt that we could go back to the game and turn it around.
“After Alex’s goal, everyone felt that the atmosphere was incredible, the support from the fans was incredible. There were great saves from David that helped a lot to keep the result at 1-1 and in the end with Cristiano, we always say that the forwards are eager to score and they helped us once again.
“We finished the game with two forwards where we know, if we put the ball in the area, Edi and Cristiano are alive for everything, we know they can score at any time. That’s why we started to make more crosses when Edi came in.” and we got the goal, we are very happy about that.
“It is always difficult to play against Spanish teams. We know they play very well, they are good with the ball and we know the coach as well as 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 push all the time. The main point was the three points and we did that.” .