Cristiano Ronaldo made a passionate request to Manchester United fans after Red
Devils came from behind to beat Villarreal on Wednesday.
Ronaldo’s stoppage-time goal secured three vital points for Manchester United
against the Spanish side in the EUFA Champions League.
Having lost their group stage opener to Young Boys, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side
were staring at a second successive defeat after Paco Alcacer gave the visitors a
deserved lead soon after half-time.
Alex Telles struck back with a magnificent volley from Bruno Fernandes’ clever free-
kick, but United was still facing the prospect of sitting bottom of the group after a
third of the fixtures had been played.
However, Ronaldo, who had been quiet all evening, popped up at the back post in the
95th-minute, firing home to send Old Trafford into a state of pandemonium.
Speaking to MUTV’s Stewart Gardner, Cristiano admitted: “Sometimes the players,
we try to do our job, to play well and score goals but sometimes it is not possible.
“The fans have this role as well when the team is in a difficult moment, they need to
push us. This is why I say and ask them if they can do that.
“They give us the motivation to keep going and to keep running and keep believing.
So, today, this is what we felt. We are so happy. It’s a very important win and we are
in a good way now.
On the night where the Portuguese forward became the outright record holder for the
number of appearances in the Champions League, it was perhaps fitting the already
record goalscorer should grab the headlines.
He added: “Unbelievable! Another chapter, another beautiful chapter, so I’m so happy
to score the winning goal and the way I did it.