Manchester United's sensational 2-1 win at Juventus in UEFA Champions League Group H has got every Reds fan buzzing. We take a look at six of the main talking points coming out of the match...
THE LATE, LATE SHOW
United are developing the knack of claiming late winners again, in true ‘Fergie Time’ style. There was Alexis Sanchez’s header against Newcastle United at Old Trafford and Marcus Rashford’s injury-time strike at Bournemouth. Despite trailing as the game entered its final stages, the Reds somehow took the three points from this key Champions League encounter.
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THE STATE OF PLAY
Jose Mourinho’s men now have a better head-to-head record against Juventus, with the two away goals proving superior to Paulo Dybala’s effort at Old Trafford. The Italian side still top Group H with nine points, two more than the Reds, but the picture is looking much rosier for United. Spanish outfit Valencia lie third, another two points adrift on five, and victory in the next game against Young Boys at home, later this month, would leave United in a very strong position.
Juventus were the last team in the Champions League to concede a goal, after Borussia Dortmund were beaten 2-0 by Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. The Bianconeri had only experienced two defeats in their previous 34 European matches at the Allianz Stadium (W20 D12 L2). Juve, who won a seventh Scudetto on the trot last season and sit top of the table again, are virtually unbeatable at home in Serie A. However, United have now lost only one of our last 11 away games in Europe and have not conceded more than once in any of those fixtures.
RESPECT FOR FORMER FAVOURITE
As was the case at Old Trafford with Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba received a warm welcome from the Juventus faithful, from the moment he came out of the tunnel. The Frenchman played some part in helping to bundle the ball over the line for the late winner and showed his class at times in the second half in particular. Ronaldo, of course, volleyed superbly past David De Gea to register another goal against his former employers and he gestured to the away fans in an apologetic matter after celebrating the unstoppable strike.
Ander Herrera performed well in midfield, showing his value to the team again and helping quell the vast attacking threat of the home side. Anthony Martial did not neglect his defensive duties and helped out at the back on several occasions, while Jesse Lingard tried to exploit pockets of space. Without the injured Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez worked hard in a central role but it was not until the substitutions that the game really changed. Bringing on Juan Mata, Rashford and Marouane Fellaini proved to be an inspired move by the boss.
JOSE IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The manager made the back pages of the morning papers with his reaction at the final whistle, cupping his ear towards the home fans. He had some memorable tussles with Juve during his time at Inter Milan and clearly enjoyed inflicting a rare defeat on the Old Lady with there being no love lost between the two Serie A giants. He will quickly be looking to plot the right formation for another stern test at Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday as the derby is soon going to dominate everybody’s thoughts.
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