Luke Shaw has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo for “saving” Manchester United yet again, with an injury-time equaliser to rescue a priceless Champions League point.
Despite winning comprehensively against Tottenham, the pressure looked set to crank up a notch on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with us heading for defeat in the dying stages of the clash in Bergamo.
But with United needing a hero, who else but the main man himself, Ronaldo stepped up to shatter Gian Piero Gasperini’s side yet again.
The 36-year-old maintained his record of scoring in every Champions League game this season and took his tally to five goals from four games.
Since making his emotional return back to Old Trafford in the summer, Ronaldo now has nine goals from 11 games.
Shaw raves about Ronaldo
It was our full-back’s cross that allowed Ronaldo to complete the comeback against La Dea at the Theatre of Dreams last month.
The England international was delighted to see the ball drop to Ronaldo in injury time at the Gewiss Stadium, whose volley arrowed into the bottom corner to draw United level for the second time in the match.
Speaking to the club’s official website after the game in Italy, Shaw said: “But the situation we were in, 2-1 down, last sort of five minutes, I think there’s probably only one person you want the ball to fall to and luckily it was him [Ronaldo]. He saved us again with a crucial goal.”
The 26-year-old has become accustomed to Ronaldo’s sheer desire to win and he admitted that winning mentality is an “incredible” asset to having the United dressing room.
Shaw continued: “You see day in, day out the way he is, the way he conducts himself. He wants to win.
“Before the game, he’s always speaking, encouraging everyone and you know he’s going to be there. You know he’s a very important player, he has been for many years now and he’s always in the right place at the right time.
“Not just tonight, he’s done it since he’s been here really. It’s incredible to have someone like that in your team when you need them most.”
Solskjaer and Shaw will be hoping that Ronaldo’s rich vein of form continues with another goalscoring clinic that fires us to victory against Manchester City on Saturday.
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