Manchester United’s first half equaliser against Atalanta came out of nowhere and it was pretty special.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored it, finishing in absolutely clinical style.

But the goal was all down to teammate Bruno Fernandes’ artistry.

Atalanta v Manchester United: Group F - UEFA Champions League
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Fernandes received the ball inside the penalty area and he was expeted to shoot.


Instead he showed incredible awareness to backheel the ball to the onrushing Ronaldo to score.

The goal was reminiscent of a famous Real Madrid goal scored by Karim Benzema, better remembered for the assist from Guti.

Social media was full of comparisons between the goals, and even if Fernandes’ assist was not quite as defence splitting as Guti’s pass, it was an outstanding piece of play all the same.

The assist was Fernandes’ fifth in the Champions League this season and his eighth in all competitions.

Teammate Ronaldo struck his eighth goal of the season in the process, but even this moment of brilliance could do little to stop United’s defence from self-destructing, going onto go behind once again in the second half.

Luckily Ronaldo was on hand to bail United out to claim a 2-2 draw in injury time.

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benze
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