Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Late Manchester United double downs Juventus

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Ronaldo hit a wonder goal before United stormed back to win a famous Champions League tie in Turin. What Cristiano Ronaldo volley? There you have United winning, playing really well towards the end, but all the focus is still on what the manager did after the game.

"The thing that is a massive eye-opener for me now is I remember when he first came his talent was arguably one of the biggest talents that we've seen at United for a long time; to have him and Wayne [Rooney] in the same team was awesome when you look back".

DF Victor Lindelof, 6 - courageous block from a Ronaldo shot early on but lost him when Leonardo Bonucci floated a ball over the top to allow the former United man to smash Juventus into the lead.

United have developed a nasty habit of starting games slowly - they were a goal down inside 20 minutes when Juventus won at Old Trafford - but that wasn't the case here.

Pogba didn't excel, but he was well received at his former club on his return to Italy. "I think in that game we left it a bit too late, but we learnt from it and we go again".

It still is perhaps just a matter of time before they do secure a knockout spot but given how the game unfolded in the first 25 minutes of the second half, United shouldn't have been on the property, let alone have a gander at the backdoor.

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But Ronaldo, 33, insisted there was no reason for Juve to panic after suffering their first defeat in 15 games this season. His delivery from set pieces is one of the reasons why he is keeping Antonio Valencia out of the team. It doesn't bode well ahead of a trip to Manchester City on Sunday. City have scored 12 goals in their last two matches and are in unbelievable form, with Riyad Mahrez showing why he was right to leave Leicester and join a bigger club.

United will be confident but I'm not sure Mourinho is the type of manager who will go for it at the Etihad.

But there was more drama to come as Ashley Young whipped the ball on and it was bundled home off the face of Alex Sandro.

Juve will rue their missed opportunities - about 3 of them - gilt-edged and afforded to them courteously by the Red Devils.

Subsequently, Pjanic and Cuadrado missed gilt-edged chances to extend the Old Lady's lead and they then ended up on the losing side against a team that's making mincemeat out of adversity a truly remarkable quirk of theirs. I hope we arrive on time!

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