Mourinho hails 'fantastic' Manchester United win over Juventus

Lynette Rowe
November 8, 2018

After doing the same against Bournemouth last weekend, this couldbe a turning point for them and their manager, José Mourinho.

The celebration unfrotunately did not match up to the goal; after netting the opener, 5-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo then wheeled away to celebrate simply by lifting up his shirt to reveal his chiselled six-pack to the crowd.

A night of triumph for Manchester United in the Champions League produces glorious echoes of the Red Devils' European heyday. I went to Ronaldo's home debut for Juventus and it just wasn't quite happening back then - he looked like he just needed a goal to get him started.

"Probably when Manchester United had heroics here (in 2003), Manchester United was the best team", Mourinho said.

Ronaldo was not impressed with United's approach, however, and believes Juve should have put the game well beyond their reach before those late goals.

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"I was very pleased to score my first Champions League goal for Juventus, but we're in good shape. We should have won the game easily, by three or four goals". Not now. Beat Young Boys at home later this month and United are as good as through. It was clear at times that his confidence is still low: after all, he entered Wednesday's game having scored just four times in 27 appearances, and his appearances this season have been sporadic at best.

I'm not sure whether Lukaku's absence has affected their approach, but Sánchez definitely offers something different when he plays in the striker role. Massimiliano Allegri made a decision to give Alex Sandro and Giorgio Chiellini a game off, saving them for Wednesday's game against United. It's a very open competition this year with several teams capable of going all the way, especially with the holders, Real Madrid, lacking Ronaldo.

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.

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. Should have made it 3-1. "I wouldn't do that gesture again but I don't think I offended anyone and at the time it seemed like the appropriate response to those who had insulted all my family, apart from my Inter one too".

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