Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo earned Manchester United a priceless Champions League point in a 2-2 draw against Atalanta.
Our 36-year-old talisman produced another finishing masterclass to rescue Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and ensured we stayed top of Group F with two games remaining.
On his first appearance back in Italy since leaving Juventus in the summer, our number seven shattered the hearts of the Bergamo faithful.
Ronaldo’s injury time equaliser, which was his ninth goal in 11 games since re-joining the club, ensured we maintained our recovery following the shattering defeat against Liverpool, and backed up our win against Tottenham with a vital point.
Here were United’s three best players in our first trip to the Gewiss Stadium…
The Ivorian would have most likely been on the bench if Victor Lindelof hadn’t picked up a knock in training prior to travelling out to Italy.
But United’s number three was exceptional on his second appearance of the season.
When Raphael Varane went off injured in the latter stages of the first half, Solskjaer brought on Mason Greenwood to replace the World Cup winner and switched to a back four.
Playing against a physically Duvan Zapata, Bailly stood up to the challenge and carried a lacklustre Harry Maguire.
There were times that the 27-year-old was a one-man defence at the back and he bailed us out time and time again.
Gian Piero Gasperini acknowledged the threat Fernandes brought to his team and at half-time he tasked Marten de Roon with the mission of following our number 18 everywhere he went.
The chemistry between Ronaldo and Fernandes continues to develop and blossom, but Fernandes’ composure and vision to nonchalantly backheel a pass into the path of his compatriot was a piece of world class quality.
United’s devastating Portuguese duo is starting to build real momentum and Solskjaer will be hoping that their understanding playing together at club level continues to bail his team out of trouble.
There are not enough superlatives to describe our phenomenal number seven who continues to amaze.
Ronaldo showed his intent to impress against La Dea with a shot on goal within a matter of seconds of the game starting.
When United needed a hero, arguably football’s greatest clutch player of all-time once again stepped up to the plate.
His first goal was a clinical finish and his second was yet another quality volley which showcased his technical prowess.
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