Cristiano Ronaldo texts Rio Ferdinand to request footage of Man Utd goals

Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Manchester United with a match-saving brace in their 2-2 draw away at Atalanta on Tuesday night – before texting Rio Ferdinand to request BT Sport's footage of his goals.

Ronaldo has pulled United out of trouble on several occasions since returning to the club over the summer, popping up with a number of crucial late goals.

Earlier this week he was on hand to spare their blushes again, firing home a sensational volley in stoppage time to salvage a point in their Champions League group stage outing at Atalanta.

The Portugal superstar had already drawn them level in the game, cancelling out Josip Ilicic's opener just before the half-time break.

But when Duvan Zapata restored the hosts' lead in the second half, he was needed again to rifle home a point-winning volley as the final few minutes played out.

It was a brilliant finish at a pivotal time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, and after the game Ronaldo text BT Sport pundit and former team-mate Ferdinand to ask for TV footage of his double.

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The ex-United defender revealed as much in an interview with The Athletic, saying: “We just have a good relationship right now.

“We’ve always stayed in contact. Sometimes it’s been sporadic and now it’s back to texting most days.”

Ferdinand played a key role in convincing Ronaldo to snub Manchester City and return to United back in the summer.

City appeared in pole position to bring the United legend back to Manchester, only for their neighbours to come in and trump them a few days before the summer transfer window's closure.

Before making his decision Ronaldo shared a long late-night phone call with Ferdinand, who believes their friendship has blossomed because he isn't afraid to straight-talk with him.

“I’ve always told him when he wasn’t doing well and I’ve always told him when he’s brilliant,” the 42-year-old added.

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“Everyone sees me say how brilliant he is because I’m on TV and invariably he produces, so you can’t say nothing else.

“But we’ve had our moments, especially at the club when he was a kid, where you would say, ‘You’re doing wrong, come on’. Great players, who want to improve, respect that type of stuff.”

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