Rio Ferdinand has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo texted him saying he “knew” he would score during Manchester United’s 2-1 win against Villarreal on Wednesday.
The Red Devils left it late against their Spanish opponents, nabbing all three points deep into stoppage time thanks to the 36-year-old forward’s strike.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men underwhelmed throughout the match and were fortunate Villarreal struggled to take their chances, otherwise, it could have been another disastrous night for the United boss.
The Premier League club could not afford to lose this one after their opening day defeat to Swiss outfit Young Boys.
After going 1-0 down 53 minutes in thanks to a Paco Alcacer strike, United fans feared the worst.
However, a wonderful Alex Telles volley leveled things up before Ronaldo’s goal from close range handed United all three points.
Ex-Red Devil, Ferdinand, was very pleased after the match, telling BT Sport that the match winner text him following the win, saying he “knew” he’d score.
“He (Ronaldo) text me tonight saying ”I didn’t’ play well but I knew I’d score’” he said
“That’s the belief that he has. The other players are feeding off it. It’s a great place to be.
“United’s performance today wasn’t great, it wasn’t at the level Ole wants it to be. But when you need a goal, a moment to galvanize the squad, the stadium, the fanbase, Cristiano Ronaldo steps up.
“He wants to be that guy the chance falls to. His goal record says it all. He’s there for the big moments. He’s a big part of that too.
“When you have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, the players in the dressing room are given life.
“There’s a lease of life, belief, because they know if the chance comes, he will put them away.
“It gives you that ability to be relaxed. It was the biggest thing in our team.
“When you get under even more pressure and you can see the clock ticking, you don’t panic. We were very composed because we believed the chances would come.”
Wednesday’s winner was Ronaldo’s fifth goal in six games this season for United, making it two from two in the Champions League.
The Portuguese superstar has only failed to score in one of the matches he’s played under Solskjaer this term; Saturday’s loss at home to Aston Villa.