Cristiano Ronaldo has rescued Manchester United in the Champions League yet again.
United found themselves in serious trouble when Atalanta raced into a 2-0 lead at half-time with Mario Pašalić and Merih Demiral both scoring to heap further misery on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
However, there was a glimmer of hope for the Red Devils after the interval with a moment of magic from Bruno Fernandes slipping Marcus Rashford through on goal for a chance that he gobbled up.
United comeback from 2-0 down
And that prompted Solskjaer to make one final roll of the dice with Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Jadon Sancho entering the fray to try and secure another dramatic Champions League comeback.
But for all the attacking reinforcements piled on to the pitch, it was the unexpected source of Harry Maguire that provided the equaliser with the United captain volleying home with 15 minutes to play.
Then, you guessed it, Mr. Champions League had his say on matters with United chasing a late winner with almost identical scenes to the Villarreal game unfolding at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
Man Utd vs Atalanta Match Reaction (Football Terrace)
Ronaldo scores a dramatic winner
With Luke Shaw whipping an inviting ball into the box from the left-flank, there was an unerring inevitability with which Ronaldo met the cross with an emphatic header to find the bottom corner.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner might not have reached the dizzying heights of his Sampdoria header, but the scenes of ecstasy that it produced at Old Trafford was truly something to behold.
So, strap yourselves in, let the goose bumps wash over you and watch the moment that Ronaldo made the Champions League his playground for the umpteenth time down below:
Ronaldo. The Champions League. A match made in heaven. What can you say at this point?
Ronaldo saves the day, again
Truth be told, Ronaldo flipping the result on its head papers over a lot of the cracks at Old Trafford and there’s no denying that the final score of 3-2 doesn’t exactly mean that all is well at the club.
The fact of the matter is that United benefitted a great deal from the amount of space that Atalanta left wide open in defensive areas with Solskjaer’s substitutes adding that killer touch of creativity.
In the end, it proved enough for United to dodge yet another bullet in the Champions League and those less keen on the Solskjaer regime will certainly point towards it being another lucky escape.
However, when you have Ronaldo in your ranks, it’s practically a given at this stage that dramatic results like these are only ever a few weeks away. He is, quite literally, inevitable.