Man Utd trudged off at half-time to a chorus of boos as Atalanta raced into a 2-0 lead before the Red Devils mounted a second-half comeback with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer addressing the fans
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the Manchester United fans as “the best in the world” and understands why they booed the team off at half-time.
The Old Trafford crowd witnessed a sensational comeback against Atalanta in the Champions League.
In the first-half the Italians raced into a two-goal lead, exposing United’s defensive flaws in the process.
United were well off the pace and – despite singing Solskjaer’s name before kick-off – booed his team off at the break.
In the second-half the hosts came out a team reborn, with Marcus Rashford’s strike beginning the comeback.
Harry Maguire levelled the game before Cristiano Ronaldo capped the fightback with a header ten minutes from time in front of the Stretford End.
Solskjaer hailed the role of the fans and accepted they won’t have liked seeing their side behind.
“The fans have kept everyone going and gave the players the belief,” he told BT Sport when asked about the booing at half-time. “The singing corner are the best in the world and theres sometimes where you are down as a supporter.”
The win leaves United top of their Champions League group after three games with a trip to Atalanta next up.
Solskjaer was adamant that if his side could grab the first goal of the second-half and keep things tight at the back they could secure the win.
“I said make sure we get the next goal and as long as we did not concede the next goal I knew we’d win the game,” he added.
United’s first-half display drew plenty of criticism but their manager was pleased with their display despite falling behind.
“I thought we played well first half but two chances two goals and that has to stop,” he claimed.
“We’ve got a habit of doing this at this club but first half we played well but they never stopped believing and kept going.”
Maguire, who showed the composure of a striker to slot home the equaliser, was playing without new partner Raphael Varane at the back.
He wasn’t shy in pointing out his team’s flaws, but also picked out the positive.
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“We were two goals down and we need to sharpen up with that,” he said.
“But we had plenty of chances. I think Marcus [Rashford] had two one-on-ones in the first-half.
“We are working hard to be more solid but it is about winning and the last three or four games we have conceded too many set-pieces.
“It is fine margins but we need to do better. We showed great togetherness. We were clapped off at half-time by some of these fans and they gave us the belief we needed.”