A pitch invader charged aggressively towards Cristiano Ronaldo and had to be restrained by security after Manchester United’s dramatic 3-2 win over Atalanta on Wednesday. United were 2-0 down at half-time at Old Trafford, but goals from Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Ronaldo completed a stunning turnaround.
Ronaldo celebrated joyously at full-time, but cameras picked up a fan running towards him, with the man managing to grab the Portuguese forward’s shirt before he was led away by stewards.
The event is unlikely to sour Ronaldo’s evening, with the star playing a huge part in his side’s dramatic victory with a wonderful header to seal the win.
Nevertheless, not everybody was delighted with the European victory.
Speaking at full-time, former Red Devils midfielder Paul Scholes was left less than impressed with the overall performance, and is worried about United’s upcoming game with Liverpool.
“I get the United excitement but that first half put me off the second half and if United were playing a better team they’d be out of sight,” he said.
“They played Atalanta side who had five players missing, a defender who went off at halftime and I get the excitement but there was something about that first half that was worrying.
“It lacked unity. That was a worrying sign. Can they play against Liverpool like that? Never in a million years. It’s a great night Cristiano the big hero but the first half was a real worry for me.”
Rio Ferdinand was more positive, and praised the nature of the second-half showing.
“This is what United should look like,” he aded. “There was unity and less space, they were not as easy to play through. If anyone had doubt if these players would fight for Ole this second half shows.
“Yes we can improve tactically but the nuts and bolts of it is that the players can put a shift in. There was an intensity I liked. Bruno (Fernandes) dropped off a bit and the wingers weren’t as far forward and these little changes made the difference. First half they were asleep but in the second half they talked.
“They will have to be better against Liverpool. You do get carried away but they have a long way to go. We wanted a reaction and we got it. Roll on the weekend now.”
United have now given themselves renewed hope of qualifying from their Champions League group.
They sit top in Group F, but it is tantalisingly close, with just three points separating themselves from fourth-placed Young Boys.