Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly channeled his inner Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United went into the dressing room trailing at half-time.
Atalanta stunned the Red Devils by opening the scoring within the first 15 minutes of the game. Mario Pasalic broke the deadlock and Merih Demiral followed suit not long after.
It took efforts from Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire in the second half to level things between the two sides before Ronaldo scored the winner after the 80th minute.
The Portuguese not only secured all 3 points for his side but may have also inspired the team to stage the comeback in the first place. According to the Sun, the former Real Madrid man tore into his teammates as they went into the dressing room trailing by 2 goals at the halfway mark.
The veteran allegedly slammed the squad by emphasizing that they should be ashamed of the ‘unacceptable’ performance they had just given the fans. Furthermore, he reminded the players that the tie was a must-win if they wished to qualify for the later stages of the Champions League.
And clearly the ‘hairdryer treatment’ worked as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side went on to complete yet another dramatic comeback.
The forward’s leadership and ability to bring the team together is no secret. His presence amongst the young United squad is a big bonus Solskjaer can depend upon. The Mancunians’ attackers are bright young players and they have one of the best in business to learn the game from.
An experienced player is always a welcome figure in a team that needs someone to look up to during high-pressure games, and nobody knows how to win Champions League games better than the 36-year-old.