VIDEO: Old Trafford Goes Crazy as Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Last Minute Winner for Manchester United

Published 09/30/2021, 11:46 AM EDT
Soccer Football – Champions League – Group F – Manchester United v Villarreal – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – September 29, 2021 Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Phil Noble TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Manchester United have had a shaky start to their 2021-22 season. The dip in form started with their Champions League opener against Young Boys, where the Belgian team shocked them. The Red Devils were then eliminated from the Carabao Cup by West Ham. Soon after, they suffered a close defeat to Aston Villa in the Premier League. They were headed for another disappointing result yesterday when Cristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue.

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United were headed for another disappointing draw against Villarreal before Cristiano Ronaldo scored a last-minute winner. While CR7 was instrumental in United’s victory at the end, the game was not without its drama.

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group F – Manchester United v Villarreal – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – September 29, 2021 Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates as security staff catches a fan REUTERS/Phil Noble TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Ronaldo strikes Manchester United’s winner in the 95th minute

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United started trailing in the 53rd minute, thanks to a superb finish from Paco Alcacer. Seven minutes later, though, they equalized when left-back Alex Telles scored his debut goal for United with an excellent volley. For the next half an hour, the game appeared to be heading for a draw. However, Ronaldo’s late intervention ensured the victory for the Red Devils.

Ronaldo’s goal was a proper team goal. Fred whipped in a delightful cross from the left wing to Ronaldo, who did a one-two with Jesse Lingard inside the box. He then finished it off himself from an acute angle. His goal sent the crowd into a frenzy.

“He’s so strong” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in awe of Cristiano Ronaldo

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Speaking to the press after the dramatic victory against Villarreal, Ole was all praises for Cristiano Ronaldo“He’s done that so many times,” Solskjaer said of the Portuguese. “Couple of weeks ago, he missed a penalty early, didn’t touch the ball more or less, and he scored two great headers in the last two minutes.”

He then pointed out Cristiano’s elite mentality and how admirable it is. “That’s just what he’s done throughout his career. He’s so strong mentally, he just stays in the game.“I’ve seen him all day, the way he’s built up for this game, how focused he’s been, and when he gets that one chance it’s a goal.”

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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