Robbie Savage appeared to hit out at Jamie Carragher after Cristiano Ronaldo scored yet another vital goal for Manchester United.

Ronaldo, 36, nodded in the deciding goal as United produced a stunning comeback from 2-0 down to beat Atalanta 3-2 in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Portugal striker also popped up with a last-gasp winner against Villarreal in the Red Devils' previous European encounter and he is the club's top scorer with six goals this season.

Despite his excellent record since his return to Old Trafford, Carragher questioned why United signed the five-time Ballon d'Or winner from Juventus this summer.

The former Liverpool and England defender declared the transfer was arguably a "better signing for the Premier League than Manchester United" last month.

Cristiano Ronaldo headed the winning goal as Manchester United edged out Atalanta (

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Writing in the Daily Telegraph after Ronaldo marked his return to the club with a brace, Carragher added: "As we saw last weekend against Newcastle United on his second United debut, Ronaldo’s mere presence is a certainty of goals, and his comeback has transformed the mood at his club and raised the profile of English football even more.

"But the broader question for United is whether Ronaldo’s arrival gets them any nearer to being a team that can win the title and Champions League again.

"On the evidence of the first few games, albeit they have won three of their first five matches, I would say no.

"Ronaldo’s matchwinning ability will inevitably make United stronger. What his arrival alone cannot do is turn United into a title-winning unit or impose the distinctive way of playing they still lack."

Time will tell whether Carragher is proved right, but former United academy star Savage seemed to have choice words for the Anfield legend while on commentary for BT Sport .

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"Some people saying it was a signing for the league not United," Savage said of Ronaldo's return to the Red Devils after his latest heroics. "Questioning that man does make me laugh."

Ronaldo has drawn criticism in recent Premier League fixtures for the manner with which he has led the line for United.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issued a staunch defence of his side's talisman after his 81st-minute winner against Serie A side Atalanta.

"If anyone wants to criticise Ronaldo for attitude and work rate just watch the game today," said the Red Devils manager.

"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."

United's dramatic victory takes them to the top of Group F and they will travel to Italy for the reverse fixture in early November.

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