An emotional Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demanded his players be respected following a dramatic comeback win over Atalanta.

The Old Trafford boss bit back after it was suggested it "looked like" his team were still behind him following an alarming run of form.

United went 2-0 down at half-time to the Serie A firebrands before goals from Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and a trademark Cristiano Ronaldo header sent them to the top of their Champions League group.

Solskjaer has faced intense pressure following another Premier League defeat at the weekend, this time to Leicester City, but he baulked at the inference there could be a lack of commitment in his ranks.

He told BT Sport:"Don't even start! Don't disrespect these players, they're playing for Man United.

"They know they're the luckiest men in the world and I said that to them.

"They're the eleven plus the subs, they're the ones that can play for Manchester United, and that's what so many millions of boys and girls want to do."

Solskjaer, who now faces a visit from arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday, saluted his team's belief to come back from the brink.

"I thought we played well and out of nothing they scored the first goal," he continued.

"Another set-play, another goal. But we never stopped believing, we kept on going.

"We made a few mistakes, yeah, but we kept going."