Solskjaer pays tribute to the “incredible” Cristiano Ronaldo


Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Cristiano Ronaldo as “incredible” after he came to their rescue again in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Ronaldo equalized at the end of both halves when United drew 2-2 with Atalanta to retain qualification for the last sixteen in their own hands.

United went behind to a soft Josip Ilicic goal, which Solskjaer is convinced should have been convicted of offside for interference in David de Gea’s eye line, but he praised the character of his team to come back again.

“It’s a tight match, it floated in both directions, they had two goals that were very tight in hopes of offside – I thought it was outside the first because he disturbed David’s vision,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.

“But Cristiano is just incredible, that’s what he does. If there is someone you want the chance to fall for at the last minute – and a difficult chance, he keeps an eye on the ball, the technique, incredible.

“It’s football. No one can question the character of these players because they do not give up, they do not give up and they continue. We had to make some changes and they worked.”

Ronaldo’s first goal came after a rare period of fine United possession, which culminated in the superstar being replaced by Bruno Fernandes.

“The first goal was a real team goal, good quality in the passes”, Solskjaer added. “Five or six or seven passes in the small exchange before the small last exchange. It was the first moment we really played the football we should do.

“Sometimes you do not plan to let in a goal – I still think it’s offside, he disturbs David’s vision and normally he would save it there – and we are in a difficult place. The atmosphere was electric, they are very physical and aggressive side that is difficult to play against.

“The quality was not always there. Eric Bailly blocked a great chance for them. When you make a mistake, make up for your teammate’s mistake, the character was on top again. They kept going, never giving up.”

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