Cristiano Ronaldo’s furious half-time message to his Manchester United team-mates as they fell apart against Atalanta has been revealed.
The Red Devils were 2-0 down at half-time of the Champions League clash on Wednesday as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looked set to be shocked by their Serie A visitors.
Goals from Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral ensured it was a disastrous first-half for Solskjaer’s side, who had won just two of their previous seven games heading into the fixture.
Ronaldo returned to United from Juventus on transfer deadline day, getting off to an excellent start back at Old Trafford.
But it has become an increasingly frustrating time for Ronaldo and United, who have struggled in recent weeks.
The Red Devils have slipped to sixth place in the Premier League after being beaten by Aston Villa and Leicester City.
Their Champions League campaign has not gone much better, with Young Boys beating them in their first game.
They then required a remarkable comeback to defeat Villarreal, before Atalanta also looked set to shock Solskjaer’s side at Old Trafford.
But following that awful first-half, Ronaldo reportedly decided to step in and get his side back on the road to a win.
According to The Sun, Solskjaer was attempting to calm his feuding players in the dressing room after the opening 45 minutes.
Ronaldo is said to have then taken centre-stage to deliver a hairdryer team-talk that legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson would have been proud of.
The Portuguese superstar addressed the whole team to blast their performance as ‘unacceptable’ and ask ‘Are you not ashamed?’.
The 36-year-old made it clear that their performance in the opening 45 minutes had fallen well short of expectations and that their future in the tournament was at stake.
That furious half-time message appears to have had the desire effect, with Marcus Rashford pulling a goal back early into the second-half, before Harry Maguire equalised.
And with nine minutes remaining, Ronaldo rose highest in the box to head in Luke Shaw’s cross and cap another remarkable comeback.
Following the win, Ronaldo insisted that it would take time for himself and his fellow summer signings to bed in.
“We are in a moment that United do a few changes. They buy me, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho,” he said.
“The adaptation will take time, even the system we play. But, step by step, we have to put it in our minds that everything is possible.
“Everyone should know their role. I know my role in the team, in the club, my role is to score goals. If everyone is thinking like that, sacrificing for the team, we will be a better team.”