Cristiano Ronaldo admitted that Manchester United needed “a little luck” to secure a 2-2 Champions League draw against Atalanta on Tuesday night.
The Portuguese superstar equalized at the end of both halves when United fought back to earn a point in a match where they were second best for long distances.
Ronaldo told BT Sport that he was not surprised by how well Atalanta played, but admitted that his team needed a little luck to help them steal a point in the event of death.
“Well, it was a difficult match. When we play in Bergamo against Atalanta it is always difficult, but we believed until the end and I helped my team to one point and I am so happy,” said Ronaldo.
“We never give up, we believe in the end. It is a good result for us.”
He added: “In the beginning it was tough, we knew Atalanta would do it [apply] a lot of pressure. They have a fantastic coach, they know what to do all the time on the pitch. I know because when I was with Juventus they were always difficult to play against, but we did our job and defended well, we were a little lucky at the end when I scored, but it’s football. “
United were again poorly defensively, especially after Raphael Varane was substituted due to an injury in the first half. But Ronaldo said he and his teammates are still improving and need time to find out some kinks.
“It’s normal,” Ronaldo insisted. “We have to improve, we have different players, a different system, we have to adapt to each other but it will take time.”
United would have lost to third place in the group if they had lost on Tuesday, but remain in the top spot with the points and qualification left in their own hands.