Arsene Wenger picked out Cristiano Ronaldo and a more unlikely star in his analysis of Manchester United’s epic 3-2 comeback win against Atalanta in the Champions League
The Red Devils claimed a 3-2 victory over the Serie A side and Ronaldo popped up with the winning goal in the 81st minute.
“He turned up again with a wonderful header, and we forget many times when we speak about him how good he is in the air.”
“The changes made the difference – [Paul] Pogba, I thought, did well.”
It was then when Wenger particularly made note of Ronaldo’s less glamorous team-mate’s display by saying: “I would personally highlight the second half for Fred.
“Fred saved a few crosses in the box, defensively outstanding and he worked unbelievably hard in the second half.”
Statistically, the Brazil international’s two tackles were a game high, while he managed to complete 80% of his passes, five of which were accurate long balls.
Wenger went on to say: “Pogba gave more power out from deep midfield by creating more dangerous balls.
“And when Pogba came on, [Bruno] Fernandes became better.
“Fernandes had a poor first half and in the second half he came alive.”
Atalanta had gone ahead in the opening 29 minutes through Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral, seeing them head into half-time with a 2-0 led.
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But Old Trafford roared Solskjaer and co to yet another comeback as they rose from bottom to top of Group F within the rollercoaster match.
Maguire, who scored the equaliser with a fine finish of his own, was in agreement with Wenger in his assessment of match-winner Ronaldo.
“I was right behind it, I’ve seen it go right in the corner and I knew his timing, it’s always there – you see it day in, day out in training and the goals that he’s scored throughout his career.
“He’s come up with a massive goal for us again in the Champions League.”
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