It just had to be didn’t it, Cristiano Ronaldo in Fergie time at the Stretford End to clinch a much-needed three points for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United.
Despite falling behind to the Europa League holders, the Reds ignited our Champions League campaign with an enthralling comeback to see off Villarreal 2-1.
Paco Alcacer sent shockwaves around the Theatre of Dreams when his strike early in the second half gave Unai Emery’s side the lead.
But a stunning volley from Alex Telles, who picked the perfect time to score his first goal for the club, and Ronaldo in the dying stages turned the game around.
Solskjaer: Old Trafford is ‘magic’
Solskjaer knows better than anyone the unbridled joy and momentum the club gets from winning in such dramatic circumstances.
It wasn’t our greatest performance but the belief it will give the dressing room going into Saturday’s clash against Everton and beyond will be massive.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer said: “That’s what happens here at Old Trafford. It’s happened so many times before and, of course, we had to throw caution to the wind and we got lucky in the end.
“Sometimes it’s not about pass there, pass there – it’s the crowd. The Stretford End has sucked a few balls in before. I know that. That’s probably what happens and, when you’ve got Cristiano on the pitch, there’s always a chance.”
Solskjaer paid tribute to Villarreal’s performance but he felt the Yellow Submarine were coming up against more than United’s 11 players on the pitch.
Solskjaer added: “Second half, it was still open and they deserved to lead but you know Old Trafford is magic. Champions League, Old Trafford, sometimes that history can help us and tonight Cristiano came up with a good goal and Alex scored a fantastic goal.”