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Manchester United left it late to secure their first points of their Champions League campaign, with Ronaldo scoring a goal deep into stoppage time.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner smashed home from inside the box to complete a dramatic second-half comeback on Wednesday.
By his incredibly high standards, the 36-year-old had an underwhelming game - but his goal proved his ability to win a match with a single moment.
And he recognised his own disappointing performance, texting Ferdinand to admit he didn't play well, but saying he knew he'd score.
Speaking after the game, the former Man United defender revealed: "He [Cristiano 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."
Thrives in defining moments!@Cristiano :fire:#UCLTONIGHT
- Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 29, 2021
Man United have three points on the board in the Champions League following their big win at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described European nights at their home as 'magic'.
He said: "Champions League Old Trafford is magic and sometimes history can help us. Tonight, Cristiano came up with a good goal and Alex [Telles] scored a fantastic goal.
"That's what happens here at Old Trafford. It's happened so many times before. We had to throw caution to the wind and we got lucky in the end.
"To get the three points at home is important. We know we need to get to ten, maybe 12 points to go through. It's a massive result for the team and for the spirit of the team as well. It's a better way of winning a game than how we lost a few weeks ago. But that's football, it's just highs and lows and today we get a result that we're delighted about.
"I'd rather have a win and a defeat than two draws."
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