Cristiano Ronaldo struck his third goal in three consecutive Champions League games for Manchester United against Atalanta.

Ronaldo’s headed winner brought a sigh of relief to Old Trafford, ensuring United’s home record in the competition moved to two wins from two.

Winning the Champions League is a long way off at this early stage. But, when a team has Cristiano Ronaldo in, you always have a chance.

And Ronaldo’s third goal provided a pretty good omen too.

Manchester United v Atalanta: Group F - UEFA Champions League
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This was the first time Ronaldo had scored three in a row in the Champions League for United since the 2007/08 season.

Ronaldo scored in three consecutive games in the 2007 group stages, netting in back to back wins over Dinamo Kiev, followed by a late winner at Old Trafford over former club Sporting.

It’s a good omen to repeat amid United’s aspirations of winning the trophy this season.

United’s spectacular season

The 2007/08 season was Ronaldo’s best in a Manchester United shirt, in which he smashed as many records as he could as United won both the Premier League and Champions League.

 

Now at 36-years-old, Ronaldo is playing with the same remarkable consistency at Champions League level as he was 14 years ago.

Ronaldo took United the whole way that year, scoring in the Champions League final against Chelsea.

It was the first of five Champions League trophies Ronaldo won, as he added a further four with Real Madrid, most recently in 2018.

Is it unthinkable he adds another one? Well, you can’t win the trophy in October but you can certainly lose it.

Ronaldo is doing his best to make sure United reach the knockout phase and stay in the mix next year.

Once in the knockout rounds, anything can happen. With Ronaldo in the team, United always have a chance.

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