Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a 95th-minute winner for Manchester United against Villarreal on Wednesday night – and celebrated by flaunting his immaculate physique.
United produced a spirited fightback to record their first Champions League win of the season at Old Trafford, having fallen a goal behind when Paco Alcacer fired the visitors in front eight minutes after the interval.
It only took them seven minutes to equalise, nevertheless, with Alex Telles rifling home a sensational volley from the edge of the area.
And just as it seemed the two sides would settle for a 1-1 draw, Ronaldo pounced on a loose ball in the box and swept it home to snatch a 2-1 win in the very last minute of stoppage time.
The Portugal superstar whipped off his shirt in jubilation as Old Trafford erupted, showing off his remarkable physique just four months shy of his 37th birthday.
It was exactly the sort of match-winning contribution that United would have been hoping for after bringing him back to the club, handing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a much-needed victory.
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Former Red Devils midfielder Owen Hargreaves felt Solskjaer nailed his substitutions on the night, waxing lyrical about his tactical changes after the win.
"Ole Gunnar really got his subs right, subs that could affect the game they pushed on, the crowd was up for it and Cristiano rises to the occasion," he said on BT Sport.
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"David de Gea made some huge saves to keep them in it. This team Villarreal try to play even till the end, they were looking for the goal.
"The energy from [Edinson] Cavani was so important and the crowd believed there was a goal there and you could just feel it. Cross from Fred stands it up, great from Jesse [Lingard] gets a little touch and you know who’s going to score that."
Michael Owen then added: "I thought Cristiano Ronaldo was going to take a step back and bring it down on his chest, he heads it down to Jesse and gets it back and the rest is history, what a finish.
"Villarreal probably deserved something on the balance of play but the more and more longer the game went the more you fancied Man United and I was impressed with their energy."
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