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Solskjaer takes aim at Ronaldo’s critics after his heroics vs Atalanta

Cristiano Ronaldo
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The Portuguese, as he has done on numerous occasions before, lifted his side to victory on a European night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggests Cristiano Ronaldo proved many of his critics wrong with his performance in Manchester United’s match against Atalanta.

Ronaldo has been criticized in recent weeks for not putting enough defensive effort for Manchester United.

However, the superstar footballer was often seen tracking back during Wednesday night’s Champions League game at Old Trafford.

He then notched an injury-time goal to complete a stunning 3-2 comeback for the Red Devils – a victory that sent them to the top of Champions League Group F.

“I was really, really pleased with how he led the line,” Solskjaer said of Ronaldo after the match, as Sky Sports reports.

“As a centre forward we asked him to run the channels, drop in, press more because we’re at home, of course. We want to get the crowd behind us.

“Even he was down inside his own six-yard box towards the end defending, you could see him sprinting. He did everything a centre forward should be doing, leading the line and defending.

“If anyone wants to criticise him for work-rate or attitude, just watch this game. Watch how he runs around.

“And of course the goal is just what he does better than most. The header is not on a par with his Roma one but he’s still got a leap and timing like no-one else.”