Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo was left far from content with his performance against Villarreal on Wednesday evening despite scoring a last-gasp winner.
In what was nearly the final kick of the match at Old Trafford, the five-time champion scored his second Champions League goal to secure the Red Devils three crucial points.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his team fall behind to Paco Alcacer, before Alex Telles scored his first goal for the club with just 30 minutes left.
United won the match after intense pressure. Jesse Lingard chose Ronaldo to be his colleague in the box. He scored past GeronimoRulli.
Rio Ferdinand, who was watching the game as a pundit with BT Sport, detailed after the fixture that his former colleague had already been in contact with an assessment of his individual performance.
Ferdinand said: “He (Ronaldo) text me tonight saying ‘I didn’t play well but I knew I’d score.’
“That’s the belief that he has. It is a common belief among the other players. It’s a great spot to be.
“United’s performance today wasn’t great, it wasn’t at the level Ole wants it to be. But when you need a goal, a moment to galvanise the squad, the stadium, the fanbase, Cristiano Ronaldo steps up.
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“He wants to be that guy the chance falls to. His goal record says it all. He’s there for the big moments. He’s a big part of that too.
“When you have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, the players in the dressing room are given life. They have a sense of hope and a lease on life because they know that if the chance arises, he will take them out.
“It gives you that ability to be relaxed. It was the biggest thing in our team. When you get under even more pressure and you can see the clock ticking, you don’t panic.
“We believed that the chance would come. That was why we were so composed.
With Solskjaer adding: “When you have Cristiano on the pitch you always have a chance. He is so good in front of goal and has an impact on everyone – the crowd, the players the whole club.
“He’s done that so many times. You saw him play for Portugal against Ireland just a month back. He missed a penalty and didn’t touch it more than he should have, but he did score two amazing headers in his last few minutes.
“That’s what he’s done throughout his career. He stays in the game. I’ve seen him all day, the way he’s built up for this game and when he gets that one chance it’s a goal.
“Although he had some half chances, he was a great finisher and keeps his cool when it comes to scoring.