Cristiano Ronaldo demands Man Utd team-mates "prove" themselves against Atalanta

Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a rallying call to his stuttering Manchester United team-mates before their crunch Champions League encounter against Atalanta at Old Trafford.

There has been stern criticism aimed at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a turbulent start to the new campaign despite the notable arrivals of Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.

With Gary Neville calling out the actions of Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes following their capitulation against Leicester, the Portugal icon has issued a call to arms for his colleagues.

The 36-year-old has scored five goals across seven fixtures since returning to the club from Juventus, and will likely need to steal the show if United are to win major silverware this season.

He wrote to his 357 million Instagram followers: "Our time is coming!

"We have to show what we are made of and the Champions League is the perfect competition to prove ourselves to the world. No excuses! Let’s go!"

Solskjaer has acknowledged that he might have to make some bigger changes than usual due to the nature of their defeat at the King Power stadium, but still has full faith in his players.

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He said in his press conference before their Champions League fixture on Wednesday evening: “Every team will go through a patchy period and we're in one now.

"Poor form, we know that, we hold our hands up and we know we need to improve.

"Every team will go through that every year. We've gone through it and come through stronger. As I’ve said so many times, the coaching staff that we've got here are absolutely amazing.

"The attention to detail, the sessions they put on, the preparation that we have here.

"I don't think I could ask for better staff. They're good people, good Man United people and with one intention in mind and that’s to improve the team and help the players, help the team grow.

"Of course, we go through difficult times together and like Marcus (Rashford) said we've spoke as a group, as a team about what we need to do and hopefully the reaction will come.”

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