Ronaldo tells Man Utd they must “improve” – and players must learn to adapt

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted Manchester United need to improve after scoring a last-gasp equaliser to scrape a 2-2 draw against Atalanta.

The Red Devils went behind early on in the Champions League group stage tie courtesy of a Josip Ilicic goal, before a well-worked team goal was finished off by Ronaldo.

Calamitous defensive errors led to Duvan Zapata restoring Atalanta’s lead, which required the Portuguese forward to take matters into his own hands with a stunning stoppage time volley to secure a point.

While the 36-year-old stated he was “so happy” to have scored, he did not shy away from the fact United were lucky to come away with a draw.

Ronaldo said: "It was a difficult game. I know that when we play Atalanta it's difficult and we believe until the end that I will help my team get the three points and I'm so happy.

“We never give up and believe until the end. It’s a good result for us I think.

"The beginning was tough, Atalanta have a fantastic coach and they know what to do. I knew when I played in Juventus.

“We did our job well. We are lucky I scored but that's football."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted for a back-three after the success it brought in the 3-0 win at Tottenham, but resorted to his back-four again following Raphael Varane’s first-half injury.

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And his side’s frailties were visible once again, with Ronaldo adding that the players need to improve and adapt to the various systems in place.

He said: "We still have to improve. We have different players and different systems. We have to adapt but it will take time.

“We have time to improve."

United next face rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford where the pressure will be on Solskjaer to not only avoid another thrashing like the 5-0 to Liverpool but actually secure points.

His side currently sit fifth in the league, eight points behind league leaders Chelsea and three off the top-four spot.

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