Ronaldo text Rio after winner saying he "didn’t play well but knew I’d score"

Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo was left far from content with his performance against Villarreal on Wednesday evening despite scoring a last-gasp winner.

The five-time winner grabbed his second Champions League goal of the season in what was almost the last kick of the game at Old Trafford to secure the Red Devils a vital three points.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched his side deservedly go behind thanks to Paco Alcacer before Alex Telles fired home his first goal for the club in style with 30 minutes remaining.

Following intense late pressure, United went ahead for the first time through Ronaldo after Jesse Lingard picked out his colleague in the box, who lashed home past Geronimo Rulli.

Rio Ferdinand, who was watching the game as a pundit with BT Sport, detailed after the fixture that his former colleague had already been in contact with an assessment of his individual performance.

Ferdinand said: "He (Ronaldo) text me tonight saying 'I didn't play well but I knew I'd score.'

"That's the belief that he has. The other players are feeding off it. It's a great place to be.

"United's performance today wasn't great, it wasn't at the level Ole wants it to be. But when you need a goal, a moment to galvanise the squad, the stadium, the fanbase, Cristiano Ronaldo steps up.

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"He wants to be that guy the chance falls to. His goal record says it all. He's there for the big moments. He's a big part of that too.

"When you have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, the players in the dressing room are given life. There's a lease of life, belief, because they know if the chance comes, he will put them away.

"It gives you that ability to be relaxed. It was the biggest thing in our team. When you get under even more pressure and you can see the clock ticking, you don't panic.

"We were very composed because we believed the chances would come."

With Solskjaer adding: "When you have Cristiano on the pitch you always have a chance. He is so good in front of goal and has an impact on everyone – the crowd, the players the whole club.

"He's done that so many times. When you saw him (for Portugal) against Ireland a month ago, he missed a penalty early and didn't touch the ball more or less, but scored two great headers in the last few minutes.

"That's what he's done throughout his career. He stays in the game. I've seen him all day, the way he's built up for this game and when he gets that one chance it's a goal.

"He had a couple of half chances but a true mark of a great finisher that he keeps calm when the chance arrives."

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