Cristiano Ronaldo calls on Old Trafford crowd to keep roaring and ‘motivating’ Man Utd to victory after Villarreal win

CRISTIANO RONALDO has called on the Old Trafford crowd to keep pushing Manchester United to victory.

There was a thunderous reception for Ronaldo’s winning goal against Villarreal in the last minute of injury-time of their Champions League clash on Wednesday night.

For much of the game the crowd remained quiet as United were largely outplayed by their Spanish opponents — but after Alex Telles’ 60th-minute leveller the atmosphere drove them to a winner.

Now Ronaldo has called on Red Devils supporters to back them throughout games.

He said: “Sometimes the players, we try to do our job, to play good and score goals – but sometimes it is not possible.

“The fans have this role as well when the team is in a difficult moment. They need to push us. This is why I say and ask them if they can do that.

“They give us motivation to keep going and to keep running and keep believing.

“So this is what we felt. We are so happy. A very important win and we are in a good way now.”

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Ronaldo admitted his goal was "another beautiful chapter" in his career after celebrating a Champions League milestone on the same night.

It was the Portugal star's 178th appearance in the competition, a record which surpassed his former Real Madrid team-mate keeper Iker Casillas.

And his goal was his fifth in as many games since returning to United from Juventus in the summer.

Ronaldo added: “Unbelievable! Another chapter, another beautiful chapter, so I’m so happy to score the winning goal and the way I did it.

“The most appearances in history and to score a goal. A great night.”

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