Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Manchester United to a crucial 2-1 comeback win over Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night in a preseason match at Florida International University.
It was the Portuguese international’s 72nd goal in a Manchester United shirt.
“We knew today we needed to be prepared for a different team, a special side,” United manager Jose Mourinho said after the match. “Very compact, very technical, they defend very quickly from set pieces. That’s why I wanted to make a tactical change and play more 3-4-3 than we have done before in preseason.
“Ronaldo was the second-best player in the world last year after Lionel Messi.”
Ronaldo scored his second of the match in the 86th minute, bending a ball past Harry Kane.
“It’s always special,” Ronaldo said. “They’re a very good team. It’s always tough to play against them.
“We needed to feel the crowd, to feel the atmosphere. They really help us in this game to win the game.”
By coming from behind, United now has a 2-0 record in the team’s three games so far.
“We struggled a bit but tonight we scored in different ways, different parts of the game,” Mourinho said. “What we learned from the Tottenham game is how to win.”
The visiting Spurs were down 2-0 entering the second half. They then got on the board in the 50th minute when Son Heung-min converted a penalty kick.
But United stormed back with two goals in the final 16 minutes of the match.
Jesse Lingard’s second goal of the game in the 72nd minute put the visitors up 2-1.
The 28-year-old Lingard plays for England in the European Championship but also was part of the United national team this past season.