Juventus vs Manchester United :6 Things we learnt from a thrilling encounter.
Cristiano Ronaldo (65)
J Mata (86),Alex Sandro (89 og)
Manchester United came from behind to scored to late goals to get a memorable 2-1 comeback victory over Juventus in the Champions League group stage.
Former United man Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first Champions League goal for Juventus to put the hosts in front, hitting a superbly-timed volley past David de Gea (65) from inside the box following Leonardo Bonucci's ball.
But Juan Mata equalised for United with four minutes remaining with a fine dipping free-kick from 20 yards, before former Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba helped bundle the ball over the line via Alex Sandro for an own goal in the 90th minute.
Things we learnt from the match ????
MANCHESTER UNITED LEAVING IT LATE.
Again, the fourth time this season Manchester United have came from behind to get points this season.
They came from behind against Newcastle, Chelsea, Bournemouth and yet again Juventus. This can be a big boost for them ahead of the Manchester Derby this weekend.
JUAN MATA MAKES HIS CASE
Juan Mata dropped to the bench after starting United’s last match against Bournemouth, but he showed Jose Mourinho why he should be starting with an important late equaliser. Another late goal then won United the game, to leave Champions League Group H in the balance.
PJANIĆ PULLING STRINGS.
With Pogba making his first return to Turin following his £89.1million switch in the summer of 2016 all the headline were likely to be about the Frenchman. Yet it was the typically understated Bosnian playmaker who was pulling the strings in the midfield for the hosts.
In a star-studded team like Juventus, Miralem Pjanić is never going to be the picture of this Juventus side. He has been one of their most important players since joining the Old Lady.
He completed 70 of 76 attempted passes, no United player managed more than Matić’s 52 and 16 of those were in the attacking third, the most of any player on the field. On top of that he created five chances for the Old Lady and won four of the five tackles he attempted.
MOURINHO WAS SPOT ON
Under pressure following a series of dismal performances, Manchester United Jose Mourinho pulled off a hugely important 2-1 away victory at Juventus reminiscent of his past as the "Special One" that gives United a huge Booster ahead of the Manchester derby at the weekend.
The Portuguese was in his winning element winning at the home of his former Serie A rivals, charging onto the pitch to mock the home fans in Turin by cupping his ear as United players and supporters celebrated a win gained by Mourinho's decisions from the bench.
He brought on Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini with 11 minutes remaining on the clock and United deservedly behind to a Cristiano Ronaldo wonder goal, and both were instrumental in the turnaround, Mata whipping home the equaliser and Fellaini flicking on a cross that eventually lead into the second goal.
NOT ENOUGH JUVENTUS
However despite their impressive winning record, Juventus have shown weakness this season. They almost let United back into it at Old Trafford after switching off and this time they were punished for missing gilt-edge chances by a cynical away side.
Juve are still odds on to qualify for the knockout stages but if Massimiliano Allegri is to bring the club their third European Cup he will have to make sure they can keep up their impressive displays and stop being wasteful.
The Frenchman has been in sensational form, scoring five goals in his last five games, and he came into Juventus Stadium looking to carry on that streak in the toughest environment imaginable. As it turns out, he couldn’t get a goal, but he did everything but.
His moves earned United the free-kick they equalised from. Pure silk.