Cristiano Ronaldo was born with a winner’s mentality – that is clear to see.
So often a player who pops up in the last minute to win his country or club the game, it was not out of the ordinary to see him do the same last night in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Villarreal.
Ronaldo seized upon a rebound after he had given Jesse Lingard the ball with a deft header to send Old Trafford into raptures.
And Alex Telles has praised his team-mate for his conduct by saying he only needs one chance to win a game – although he did mention the Portugal star was upset with his team-mates.
Ronaldo had been angry with the service being provided throughout the game as United scraped a victory.
But as mentioned, he only needed one chance – which he took with aplomb in the last minute.
“So, it was the first time I play with him,” Telles said to TNT Sports.
“Off the pitch, we already have this closer relationship because we speak Portuguese. And five minutes before he was a little upset that we didn’t get any balls to him.
“I said ‘it will arrive, it will arrive, stay concentrated because it will arrive’. And as soon as I went off, Ronaldo doesn’t need much, right?
“We know his quality, we see it on a daily basis. So it only took one ball in the box and he gave us the victory. It’s a dream.”
Telles was the one to draw United level with a superb volley from the edge of the box on the hour mark.
And in a team that has become notorious for producing the goods in flashes of brilliance, Telles stood up to the plate.
But the equaliser may not have come without a conversation just moments earlier with Bruno Fernandes.
“He told me to go to the edge to the box and that he was going to put it up for me to shoot,” Telles said.
“And everyone knows that I really like getting to that ball to shoot from outside. I’ve already scored some goals like that.
“So it’s about taking advantage of the quality, believe and be happy.”
United will look to take another three points in their next Champions League fixture – a home tie against Atalanta on October 20.