Later News Nov 03

Solskjaer hails Ronaldo as the ‘best goal scorer alive’ after he saves Manchester United’s blushes


Another game, another Cristiano Ronaldo goal, another Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last-gasp escape act.

 

Even Thanos would admit that he quite isn’t as inevitable, when compared to Ronaldo’s penchant for saving Solskjaer’s bacon in stoppage time.

 

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Ronaldo’s latest act of heroism came about during Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Atalanta in the Champions League this morning, with the Portuguese superstar scoring the equaliser for the Red Devils in the 91st minute to earn his side a point.

 

That goal, which was Ronaldo’s second of the night – he also scored in first-half stoppage time – ensured that United would remain top of Group F with seven points after four games.

 

More importantly, the goal probably bought Solskjaer more time as United manager, especially with the Norwegian’s main threat for the job, Antonio Conte, having recently decided to embrace monkhood and forgo the pursuit of material possessions like trophies by joining Tottenham Hotspur.

 

And after the game, Solskjaer, in his giddy excitement, hailed Ronaldo as the best goal scorer in the world today.

 

“He is incredible and if there is anyone you want the ball to fall to in the last minute it is him,” Solskjaer gushed. “He is the best goal scorer alive and it is hard for me to say that because he just went past me with these two goals, now he has one more goal for Manchester United than me.”

 

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Solskjaer even likened Ronaldo to one of the sporting world’s greatest ever athletes in Michael Jordan, as he added: “That last goal…that must be a Michael Jordan moment when he wins championships in extra time.”

 

Ronaldo himself, however, was not as thrilled with the result as Solskjaer seemed to be. Labelling the draw as a “lucky” point for United to take home, the 36-year-old said: “It was a difficult game, I know when we play in Bergamo it is always difficult, but we believe until the end and I am so happy.

 

“We never give up, we believe until the end, it is a good result for us. We were a little bit lucky in the end but that is football.

 

“We have to improve, we have different players, a different system, we have to adapt with each other, but it will take time; we have time to improve and be better.”

 

Despite the positive vibes from earning a draw against a team that currently sits fifth in the Italian Serie A, United fans will be sweating on the fitness of centre-back Raphael Varane, who was substituted in the 38th minute with a hamstring issue.

 

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When asked about Varane’s condition, Solskjaer said: “It’s a hamstring and I didn’t want to take a risk. On the first assessment it doesn’t look good but we will assess him again tomorrow.”

 

The timing of Varane’s injury could not be worse, with United set to take on neighbours and reigning English Premier League champions Manchester City this weekend.

 

But with Ronaldo in the kind of goalscoring form that he is in now, who really needs Varane anyway?

 

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