Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Cristiano Ronaldo had answered many critics of his value to the team with his display in the 3-2 Champions League win over Atalanta on Wednesday.

Ronaldo grabbed the 81st-minute winner with a superbly executed header to maintain his 100% scoring record in group F after three games.

But Solskjaer took aim at those who had questioned whether the Portuguese forward, the Champions League record goalscorer, contributed enough work-rate to his side.

“He did everything a centre-forward should do, leading the line and defending and of course, the goal is just what he does better than most,” Solskjaer said.

Ronaldo has scored six goals in eight games for United in all competitions so far this season.

Solskjaer, who has faced plenty of criticism himself after Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to Leicester City in the Premier League, praised his side’s attitude after going into the break two goals down but admitted they must not allow themselves to concede “easy goals.”