November 28, 2021

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Ronaldo nurtured another memorable moment at Old Trafford. Solskjaer can breathe a sigh of relief

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After arriving at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo took care of his second unforgettable moment in the Champions League.

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The Portuguese footballer settled the Group F duel with Villarreal (2:1) three weeks ago on time, and on Wednesday a decisive football goal fell in a home match with Atalanta Bergamo.

The “Red Devils” made a great turn, after the break erased their two-goal deficit and won 3: 2. The winning goal was passed to defender Ronald Luke Shaw, who sent a sharp cross into the penalty area, the playmaker on the field perfectly timed the jump and sent the ball without head to goal.

“He’s great in front of goal. If someone wants to criticize him, watch his game. Watch him run without the ball.” Manchester coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quoted by AFP as saying. Thus the helmsman faced criticism that arose regarding the performance of his regent. The five-time Ballon d’Or holder of Footballer of the Year has come under fire in recent weeks for his alleged harmful effect, which, according to the media, was supposed to cause his arrival in the team.

The English vice-champion blew away after the match, as the necessary three points reduced the risk of him leaving the group stage for the second consecutive season. However, he still has a lot of work to do, with tough battles in Bergamo and Villarreal.

Solskjaer remains in the spotlight even before Sunday’s league game against Liverpool at Old Trafford, while before the national team’s break in November, Manotd will also play duels against Tottenham and Manchester City. In the matches against Aston Villa, Everton and Leicester, he scored only one point out of nine, and in the Premier League table he lost five points to the leaders of Chelsea FC.

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English media also criticize the team for saying it increasingly appears as a disparate group of talented individuals rather than a team. “The first half was annoying. The team did not play as a team. Can Liverpool play like this? Never, not in a million years. Can Manchester City play like this? Can a Champions League team play like this?” Said former United midfielder Paul Scholes.

Solshire also raised a goal for David de Joe, who eliminated in the 71st minute two great chances for the opponent standing behind him. The Spanish goalkeeper is in good shape at the moment, but United have kept just one clean sheet in their last 20 games. “We have to defend better, I know. Obviously, when you collect the easy goals we are generally not consistent. We collected the easy goals in this match as well. We need to improve because we are playing with good teams in the coming weeks.”

Atalanta goalkeeper Juan Musso told Italian media that besides his team played in the first half, the opponent played in the second: “It’s a shame we didn’t get a point. But we are a team that believes and tries. We know our value and we show every day that we can beat everyone.”