Manchester United's comeback win at Juventus evokes memories of Alex Ferguson era

09 November, 2018, 06:37 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho face off in the Manchester derby

Victor Lindelof and Ashley Young excelled in the United defence and stuck to their job - and, in Lindelof's case, Ronaldo.

This was not a great United performance but it was an outstanding result.

"We played a fantastic game, to our top level, as we can not be any better than this", said Mourinho.

The Spanish midfielder joined the Blues in the summer of 2010 and at the end of his first season, Manchester United were champions, nine points ahead of third-placed City.

Roma meanwhile are keeping pace with Real Madrid in Group G thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win at CSKA Moscow, Eusebio Di Francesco's side performing better in Europe than in Serie A.

When Juan Mata's free-kick curled over an unusually disorganised Juventus wall and past Wojciech Szczesny after 86 minutes, Massimiliano's Allegri's side were stunned. "Then if they are better than us they win, if they have more potential than us, they win, if we make mistakes and pay for the mistakes we lose but I want the feeling, it doesn't matter where we go, that we go to compete and this is the feeling the Manchester United supporters around the world want to have".

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Ronaldo struck with a magnificent first-time volley on 65 minutes to seemingly leave Juve on course for the knockout phase, but Juan Mata equalised with an 86th-minute free-kick before Leonardo Bonucci turned into his own net. There was more of a thread between United's attacking players against Juve than there is when Lukaku plays. This was the stuff dreams were made of, a goal which evoked memories of late, dramatic comebacks long associated with Ferguson's indomitable sides.

Anfi Group and their ambassador David Silva invited the people of Manchester to take part in a competition to show up in the Etihad in their most creative beach outfit to win a week's holiday at the resort in Gran Canaria. Not now. Beat Young Boys at home later this month and United are as good as through.

Juventus, which was the only team in the Champions League still with a ideal record, remained top of Group H but is only two points ahead of United.

Something appears to have clicked at United recently.

"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 wonderful when you look back".

"There have been times when we've got it right and there will be times when we get it right again and times when we don't, but we have to understand that it doesn't always go to plan, and we have to be ready for that".

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