Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to late Manchester United win

Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero as Manchester United left it extremely late to beat Villarreal 2-1.

That was exactly the kind of moment he was brought back to Old Trafford to provide.

The Portuguese superstar stepped up when United really needed it and won the match in stoppage time.

After the match, Ronaldo sent a simple message to United’s fans on Instagram.


His goal sent Old Trafford into raptures and the fans were still singing long after full time.

Ronaldo also posted a message on his story underlining the importance of the support of the fans after a vital late win.

A late goal like that should give United confidence, especially after losing so late on against Young Boys last time around.

Ronaldo was taken off on that occasion but he was left on till the death here in the hope he would get that one chance.

Late, late on he did and he took it with the style we have come to associate with Ronaldo so many times down the years.

What a moment it was and it breathed new life into United’s European campaign.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.