Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised the impact that Cristiano Ronaldo has had an important overall impact on the club. On a day when their defence let them down, Ronaldo stepped up to score the winner in a 3-2 win over Atalanta in the Champions League. United was under pressure following a loss to Leicester and just one win in their last five matches. Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral put the visitors ahead before goals from Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the win.

“That’s football,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said about the impact of Cristiano Ronaldo. “First half I thought we played some good stuff. Our finishing wasn’t good enough. They had two chances and in those two moments, yes, we switched off and we conceded two easy goals. Then in the second half David (De Gea) makes two fantastic saves.”

“The difference in performances is not that great and that’s what decides the outcome – it’s the quality and the quality of the finishes we had,” he added. “The second half was much better than the first because we created many chances in the first half as well. But I can understand why people who don’t really watch every game see the inconsistency and within that game of course going 2-0 down it looks really bad. But the performance wasn’t 2-0 down worthy and that was the message at half-time. Keep going like this, just add more quality in your finishing, get an extra pass off and of course make sure we don’t concede a goal.”

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