Cristiano Ronaldo was the difference maker fit for Manchester United again as he scored in the 94th minute to hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his first win of the season in the UEFA Champions League. Heading towards another frustrating night in Europe, United has Ronaldo to thank, as the 5-time Ballon d'Or winner smashed the ball past Rulli in the Villarreal goal. Manchester United now sir 3rd in the Group F standings, with goal difference separating them from Young Boys in second position.
Manchester United Vs. Villarreal Match Review
The Red Devils went into the Matchday 2 fixture knowing that anything but a win against Villarreal would spell crisis at Old Trafford. Following on from the shock defeat to Swiss Champions, Young Boys, on Matchday 1, United were yet to pick up any points from this season's competition and sat bottom of the table. Solskjaer with a front four of Ronaldo, Sancho, Greenwood and Fernandes as a signal of attacking intent.
However, after a turgid first half with no goals, United seemed to be heading for a 3rd straight defeat when Paco Alcacer found the net for Villarreal in the 53rd minute. The lead would not last for too long though, as Bruno Fernandes fed Alex Telles to level the scores in the 60th minute. Solskjaer learnt from his mistake in the previous match and kept Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch as his side chased the match winner. Ultimately, Ronaldo was the difference maker, sweeping home a Jesse Lingard cutback to give United the lead for the first time in the match.
Cristiano Ronaldo records for Manchester United this season
Often times, Cristiano Ronaldo has been the creative spark for Manchester United this season. In his EPL debut against Newcastle United, the 36-year-old scored 2 goals to announce his return to the league Ronaldo also scored the solitary goal against Young Boys on Matchday 1 of this season's UEFA Champions League.
While United might be in the middle of an early scare, Ronaldo is keeping his figures up at Old Trafford. He scored in the 2-1 defeat of West Ham United and now scores his second in the Champions League for the season. Ronaldo will hope to continue his fine run of form when he hosts Everton on Saturday.