Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises record-breaking Cristiano Ronaldo


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lauded record-breaking star Cristiano Ronaldo after the forward's last-gasp winner against Villarreal spared Manchester United's blushes on Wednesday night. 

The Portuguese attacker once again etched his name into football's history books after making a record 178th UEFA Champions League appearance, and capped his night off with a late strike to help the Red Devils beat the Yellow Submarines 2-1 in what was essentially a rematch of the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League final. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see United in action against Villarreal in their UCL clash

The victory at Old Trafford pushed the Premier League side to joint second in Group F with three points, level with BSC Young Boys, who beat them on the opening day. 

Solskjaer was full of praise for talisman Ronaldo after the match as he raved about the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's influence on the team.   

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"Champions League games at Old Trafford are magic and sometimes the fans help us," the Norwegian manager said, per the Daily Mail 

"Sometimes it's not about passes here or there, it's about the crowd, and the Stretford End has sucked a few in before, I know that. 

"That's probably what happened and when you have Cristiano on the pitch, you always have a chance. He's so good in front of goal and has an impact on everyone - the crowd, the players the whole club. 

"You saw him against Ireland [for Portugal] a month ago. He missed a penalty early, didn't touch the ball more or less and then scored two great headers in the last minutes. That's what he's done throughout his career. He stays in the game. 

"I've seen him all day, the way he built up for this game and when he gets that one chance, it's a goal. 

"He had a couple of half-chances, but a true mark of a great finisher that he keeps calm when the chance arrives."

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