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3 Notable Points As Ronaldo Rescues Man Utd Late In Big Comeback

Manchester United came from 2-0 down at half-time to overpower Atalanta for a memorable Champions League victory.

This is what i made of it.

What pressure

This felt like a must win game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer beforehand and by half-time, some may have been penning his obituary.

But every time he appears to be down the biggest hole of his Old Trafford tenure, he digs his way out of it and there’s a lot to be said for that resilience.

This felt like the most significant of those victories, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s late header sending the home support into a frenzy on a special night in Stretford.

On their second half showing, they deserved it, having outplayed the Italians and created the better chances.

Time will tell if this is another stay of execution for the Norwegian, who also picked up another much needed win in this competition.

And if the second half proved anything, it’s that he still absolutely has the backing of his players.

Overawed Atalanta

For over half of this one, it looked like being the most special night in Atalanta’s history.

And then it all went wrong when Marcus Rashford pulled one back on 53 minutes after an uncharacteristically slack Josip Ilicic pass, it felt inevitable that two more would follow.

This was a different kind of collapse and heartbreak than they suffered against PSG in the 2020 Champions League quarter-final as small moments conspired to see them concede two in injury time and crash out.

In this one, it seemed they were simply spooked by the big occasion and cracked under the pressure as the home fans turned up the noise and the home team turned the screw.

Too many of their key men couldn’t control things after they earned their half-time lead and Gian Piero Gasperini had no answer, his substitutes all largely proving ineffective.

It could have been an epic win remembered in Bergamo forever. Instead, it’s another European tale of what might have been.

Patience required with Rashford

A lot of eyes were on Marcus Rashford, not only because he has just returned to the fold but after Solskjaer’s comments about focusing on football.

He was keen to bat those away before a game in which it’s clear that the forward is still shaking off some rustiness.

While Rashford took his goal very well, his two first half misses showed he’s still getting to grips with things.

He skewed horribly wide early when played in one-on-one by Scott McTominay and then smashed against the crossbar when placement should have been the priority.

His goal was the 300th of the Solskjaer reign, having started it all off with the first but a sharp Rashford should have had more to show for his 67 minutes of action.

Give him time, the quality isn’t in doubt.

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