Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in contrast Cristiano Ronaldo’s talismanic affect at Manchester United to NBA legend Michael Jordan after he scored twice to salvage a 2-2 draw at Atalanta on Tuesday.
For the third time in 4 Champions League video games since returning for a second spell at Old Trafford, Ronaldo rescued United with a late objective as his sweetly struck volley within the 91st minute snatched a barely deserved level in Bergamo.
The 36-year-old additionally scored late winners at home to Villarreal and Atalanta, when United got here from 2-Zero right down to win 3-2 two weeks in the past.
However, one other disjointed show bailed out by Ronaldo’s sensible ending will do little to ease the stress on United boss Solskjaer.
“Ronaldo is one of the best that’s ever played this game. I’m sure this is the same feeling Chicago Bulls got with Michael Jordan,” mentioned Solskjaer, referring to the American star who received six NBA titles in two spells with the Bulls.
“If you want the ball to fall to someone in the last minute, Cristiano is the one. He’s done it so many times for us and I’m okay with him scoring more goals than me.”
Ronaldo’s double took him previous Solskjaer’s 126 objectives for the membership.
Solskjaer’s swap to a again three for a 3-Zero win at Tottenham on Saturday resulted in some much-needed defensive solidity after a humiliating 5-Zero thrashing at home to Liverpool.
However, that was simply the Red Devils second clear sheet in 22 video games and their issues on the again have been once more simply uncovered in Bergamo.
David de Gea has been one in all United’s finest performers of a desperately disappointing season up to now, however he was at fault as he let Josip Ilicic’s shot squirm underneath his physique and over the road.
Duvan Zapata had two wonderful probabilities to double the Italians’ lead, however the Colombian firstly fired excessive and extensive earlier than being denied by a superb block by Eric Bailly.
United suffered one other blow when Raphael Varane was compelled off halfway by means of the first-half with what appeared the recurrence of a groin harm.
However, the person high quality within the United squad was in proof for a superb equaliser in first-half stoppage time.
Mason Greenwood performed in Bruno Fernandes, who picked out Ronaldo with a backheel for the Portuguese to blast home his eighth objective in 12 video games since returning to Old Trafford in August.
But United have solely received 5 of these video games as Solskjaer continues to wrestle to search out the appropriate steadiness.
The offside flag initially got here to United’s rescue when Zapata lastly discovered the online 11 minutes into the second interval.
After a overview that took over two minutes, the Gewiss Stadium erupted in celebration when the objective was given.
Despite being starved of service for almost all of the second-half, Ronaldo delivered once more in stoppage time.
Greenwood flicked the ball in direction of the five-time Ballon d’Or, who arrowed the ball into the underside nook.
United even had a late probability to grab all three factors when substitute Donny Van de Beek was denied by Juan Musso from a slim angle.
But a degree is sufficient to preserve them forward of Villarreal on the high of Group F on head-to-head document with each side locked on seven factors.
Atalanta are two factors additional again with two video games remaining.