Cristiano Ronaldo admitted Manchester United needed ‘a bit of luck’ to secure a 2-2 Champions League draw with Atalanta on Tuesday night.
The Portuguese superstar scored equalisers at the end of both halves as United fought back to earn a point in a game where they were second-best for long stretches.
Ronaldo told BT Sport he was not surprised by how well Atalanta played, but admitted his side needed some luck to help them steal a point at the death.
“Well, it was a difficult game. When we play in Bergamo against Atalanta it’s always difficult, but we believed until the end and I helped my team to a point and I’m so happy,” Ronaldo said.
“We never give up, we believe until the end. It’s a good result for us.”
He added: “In the beginning it was tough, we knew Atalanta would [apply] a lot of pressure. They have a fantastic coach, they know what to do all the time on the pitch. I know because when I was with Juventus they were always difficult to play against, but we did our job and defended well, we had a bit of luck at the end when I scored a goal, but that’s football.”
United were poor defensively once again, particularly after Raphael Varane was substituted due to an injury in the first half. But Ronaldo said that he and his teammates are still improving and need time to figure out some kinks.
“It’s normal,” Ronaldo insisted. “We have to improve, we have different players, a different system, we have to adapt with each other but it’ll take time.”
United would have dropped to third place in the group if they had lost on Tuesday, but remain in top spot with the point and qualification remains in their own hands.