Watch: Solskjaer and Alex Telles celebrate wildly after Ronaldo winner
Cristiano Ronaldo’s late winner during Manchester United‘s 2-1 triumph over Villarreal almost blew the roof off Old Trafford – and the celebrations in the stands were matched by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and goalscorer Alex Telles.
United entered Wednesday’s Champions League match needing a win after three defeats in their last four matches in all competitions.
But they found themselves a goal down against their Spanish opponents shortly after half-time before Telles drew them level with a stunning volley from the edge of the area.
Solskjaer’s side frantically searched for a winner and Ronaldo popped up in the 95th minute to secure a precious three points for United.
As the goal went in, Solskjaer pumped his fists with delight and was engulfed in a bear hug from Telles on the touchline.
After the match, the United boss praised the performance of David de Gea: “Thankfully we had the best goalkeeper in the world tonight,” Solskjaer said.
‘David was fantastic. Second-half, they had more of the ball, was open and they deserved to lead.
“He had a difficult summer after [the Europa League final], he went to the Euros, didn’t play there but he’s really come back with a determination, a belief and work-rate I enjoy. And in this game he got his deserved outcome because he saved us.
“He saved us tonight. We have to be realistic and say that.”
Solskjær and Alex Telles’s reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner 🤩🔴
— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) September 30, 2021