Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt was grabbed by a fan who stormed the pitch after Man United’s comeback win against Atalanta – with stewards at Old Trafford forced into dramatic chase before catching him

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  • Manchester United came from behind to beat Atalanta in the Champions League
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scores another late goal to seal United’s thrilling return
  • The superstar celebrated with full gusto in front of the TV cameras
  • But a pitch attacker was able to sneak within inches of him and even pulled off his shirt.

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Manchester United stewards were forced to wrestle a pitch attacker to the ground after a supporter tugged at Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt.

Ronaldo’s heroism once again helped United make an impressive comeback in the Champions League when he scored a crashing header to seal the result.

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After falling to his knees and roaring with sheer emotion before making his way towards the tunnel, the superstar was unable to hide his happiness the entire time.

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Manchester United stewards chase after a supporter who grabbed Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt

However, it was here that a fan apparently caught in the thick of the moment made the mistake of storming the surface and heading in Ronaldo’s direction.

After celebrating in front of the TV cameras once again, the five-time winners of the competition were completely unaware of the engagements behind them.

With the supporters managing to break free from the stands, they were then able to make their way towards the players, leaving several stewards in pursuit.

Fans ran across the pitch at Old Trafford and got within inches of the Unites Superstar

Fans ran across the pitch at Old Trafford and got within inches of the Unites Superstar

Ronaldo was shocked by this incident before going down the tunnel

Ronaldo was shocked by this incident before going down the tunnel

The chase ran almost the entire pitch, and the attacker was even able to touch Ronaldo’s jersey by extending his hand, much to the surprise of the forward.

Eventually, a stewards was able to catch them and wrestle them to the floor – after another stewards came and unfortunately slipped on their backs.

Fortunately, Ronaldo did not budge from the incident. Instead, he smiled and turned to the camera, looking over his shoulder.

After another quick check of what had unfolded behind him, Ronaldo continued to go down the tunnel and was greeted with cheers from the crowd.

For the second consecutive Champions League game, Ronaldo made the late winner for United

For the second consecutive Champions League game, Ronaldo made the late winner for United

United were once again forced to take three points the hard way, finding themselves 2-0 down at half-time and subjected to some derision.

Mario Pasalic smashed into the front post to open the scoring at Old Trafford, before Merih Demiral cornered himself to nod behind David de Gea.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Ronaldo has responded to his critics after returning goals from Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire.

Former teammate Gary Neville has drawn criticism from the Mercurial attacker for his work-rate and after he was knocked down the tunnel after a draw with Everton.

His huge header led to wild shots and saw United coming from behind against Atalanta

His huge header led to wild shots and saw United coming from behind against Atalanta

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Ronaldo has answered his critics with his match-winning performance

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Ronaldo has answered his critics with his match-winning performance

“If anyone wants to criticize him for his work rate or attitude, just watch the game, see how he runs – he’s great in front of the goal,” Solskjaer said.

‘I was really happy with how he led the line. We asked him to run the channel and press more. We were at home and we wanted to take the crowd behind us.

‘He did everything a centre-forward should do, leading the line and defending. The goal is what he does best.

Solskjaer, who will feel relieved after a win that probably eases the pressure on him, reacted angrily asking whether the result proved the team was playing for him.

Ronaldo was able to ghost the two defenders and took the ball back to the far corner.

Ronaldo was able to ghost the two defenders and took the ball back to the far corner.

He said, ‘Don’t even start, don’t disrespect the players.’ ‘He played for Man United and he is the luckiest man in the world because he is the one who gets to play for Man United. Millions of boys and girls would love to do this.

Paul Scholes, however, was critical of United’s performance – and insisted that his old club was lucky to avoid a victory that sent them top of Group F.

“I get United’s excitement, that the first half took me away from the second half, if they were playing a better side they would have gone out of sight,” he said on BT Sport.

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