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Manchester United News: Paul Merson praises Ronaldo but says the result is “just covering over the cracks”

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Manchester United News: Mr. Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo proved once again that he is far from over. The Portuguese helped Manchester United get a last-ditch 2-2 draw against Atalanta. 

Atalanta and Manchester United put out another exciting game as they clashed in Bergamo. Ilicic and Zapata scored for the Italian side, as Atalanta looked to get 3-important points. But Cristiano Ronaldo had other plans. 

Ronaldo scored scintillating goals in the injury time of both the first half and the second half to ensure Manchester United come out with a point. The draw takes United to 7 points in four games. 

The five-time Champions League winners’ performances were lauded by pundits and fans alike. Among them, Paul Merson also showered praises on the Portuguese. 

What Paul Merson said about Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo…

Manchester United News: Paul Merson praises Ronaldo but says the result is "just covering over the cracks"
Manchester United News: Paul Merson praises Ronaldo but says the result is “just covering over the cracks”

Sky Sports Football Expert & Columnist, Mr. Paul Merson, showered immense praises on the Portuguese after the game against Atalanta. Merson lauded both the goals scored by Ronaldo, especially the second one. 

Talking about the second goal, Merson said “It’s got to be one of the best finishes of all-time; it’s just out of absolutely nothing. He also appreciated Ronaldo’s efforts for the first goal, saying,”It’s absolutely phenomenal and his first goal was brilliant as well.”

Paul Merson added that he was one of the biggest critics of Ronaldo and wasn’t sure about him coming back to Manchester United. But the Portuguese has proved him wrong till now. 

Merson also lauded that age doesn’t have any effect on Ronaldo. Irrespective of age, when he gets chances, he’ll finish it. 

The Sky Sports Expert wasn’t happy about Manchester United’s performance, though. He said, “It’s another Polyfilla one, it’s just covering over the cracks, but it’s a result.” Atalanta had a strong performance, but individual brilliance from Ronaldo made sure that the Red Devils got something out of the game.

Manchester United are now on the brink of qualifying to the round of 16 of the Champions League. If they had lost the game, there would have been immense pressure on the side, but the draw has made it somewhat comfortable.

“Mr. Champions League,” is at it again… 

Cristiano Ronaldo now has 5 goals from his 4 Champions League matches this season. He has scored in all the games and his goals have been very crucial. He now had 139 goals in Europe’s most esteemed club competition. 

The Job is not yet done as Manchester United’s next two games are very crucial. The Red Devils currently have 7 points in their 4 games. The next Champions League game is a crucial assignment against Villareal in Spain. If Cristiano Ronaldo can lead United to a win against Villareal, it would cement their place in the Round of 16 of the Champions League.  

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