Cristiano Ronaldo provided the match-winning moment in second-half stoppage time. As he pounced in the box to combine with Jesse Lingard to seal a 2-1 Man Utd win. It came after Man Utd fell behind in the second half only for Alex Telles to equalise later on. and it was Ronaldo that, once again, proving the game-changing moment.
With the goal, Cristiano Ronaldo now has three game-winning goals in the Champions League after the 90th minute. This puts him level with the former Manchester City and current Barcelona star. Aguero also scored a dramatic winner against the Yellow Submarine 10 years ago at the Etihad Stadium. Ronaldo also broke the all-time Champions League appearance record by featuring for the 178th time on Wednesday. Surpassing former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas who had held the record since September 2015.
Since returning to Old Trafford this summer, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored five goals in as many appearances across all competitions for Manchester United. With his most recent strike taking his overall tally as the Champions League’s record goalscorer to 136. That is 15 clear of his nearest challenger Lionel Messi.
After the thrilling 2-1 win against the Spanish club. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praises on Ronaldo. Saying he always knows his team has a chance with Ronaldo on the field.
Victory against Villareal means they now sit third in Group F, level on points with Young Boys – who beat the Red Devils in the opening game week. One point behind group leaders Atalanta, who United face next in three weeks.