Man United vs Villarreal: Ronaldo Scores Late to Rescue Red Devils at Old Trafford

Man United vs Villarreal: Ronaldo Scores Late to Rescue Red Devils at Old Trafford

  • Manchester United vs Villarreal saw the Red Devils secure a crucial 2-1 win at Old Trafford
  • Cristiano Ronaldo was United's match hero as he scored at stoppage time to inspire his side to victory
  • Paco Alcacer had earlier scored the opener for Villarreal which was cancelled out by Alex Telles

Man United vs Villarreal Group F meeting saw the Red Devils get their Champions League group stage campaign back on track on the night of Wednesday, September 29, after stunning Villarreal 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates their side's victory after the UEFA Champions League group F match at Old Trafford on September 29, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo was United's match hero as he scored at stoppage time to inspire his side to victory. Photo by Laurence Griffiths.
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United were desperate to secure the three points when they hosted the La Liga giants, having lost their opener against minnows Young Boys.

Fresh from their shock 1-0 defeat in the hands of Aston Villa at Old Trafford last weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men struggled to break a stubborn Villarreal side who were also wasteful in the first half.

Solskjaer missed the services of a couple of key players especially in the defence department, with skipper Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw missing the clash through injury.

Bet that as it may, the visitors were largely the most aggressive in the early exchanges of the meeting, and United had David de Gea to thank for keeping them in the game.

The veteran keeper pulled some outrageous saves in the first half of the tie to keep Villarreal at bay, with the home side struggling to create any meaningful chance.

The second half of the clash saw Unai Emery's men take the lead in the 53rd minute through Paco Alcacer who slid in to ram home from six yards after a beautiful counterattack.

However, the lead did not last long as the Red Devils drew level on the hour-mark through Alex Telles who creamed a sensational volley into the bottom right after being set up by Bruno Fernandes.

With the clash destined to end in a draw, Cristiano Ronaldo scored United's winner at stoppage time, forcing home from a tight angle on the right from Jesse Lingard's pass.

The result leaves United third on Group F with three points, on level with second-placed Young Boys and one short of leaders Atalanta.

The Manchester club will now shift their focus to their upcoming Premier League meeting with Everton.

Henry hails Ronaldo

Earlier, Thierry Henry hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as the best Champions League striker in the world.

According to Henry, Ronaldo does not get the credit he deserves as one of the best finishers of his generation.

The Man United striker is currently the all-time highest Champions League scorer with 136 goals to his name.

Source: SportsBrief.com