United fight back to snatch unlikely Champions League late win at Juventus

Elena Summers
November 9, 2018

Juve needed something special to break the United resistance and they got it when Bonucci's hopeful long ball from his own half dropped into the path of Ronaldo, who lashed it home on 65 minutes.

As I said on 5 live, I would not single out any of United's players for praise.

After a shaky start to the campaign Mourinho has managed to steer United back on course, culminating in Wednesday's remarkable win. It´s better to have this type of stumble tonight. "It was a game where we could have lost 2-0, drew the game 1-1 or won the game 2-1", he added.

United appeared to have a little more about them than they did when taught a footballing lesson by Juve at Old Trafford two weeks ago, though the hosts still controlled the first half and nearly scored when Sami Khedira hit the post.

Ronaldo scored his first Champions League goal for the Serie A giants with a tremendous volley in Turin, but they were beaten despite a dominant performance.

Mourinho held his ears and seemingly taunted the home fans after United scored two late goals in a span of fewer than five minutes at the Allianz Stadium to collect three crucial points in their Group H encounter.

Not for nothing were the 2,000 travelling fans singing "Oh what a night" among other songs ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby, the third hard away game in eight days, the first two of those 2-1 victories.

United are now well-placed to reach the last 16 round of the premier European competition.

Having spoken bullishly in the prematch news conference about his form, happiness and United's prospects of winning a major trophy, Pogba was applauded back to Turin by the Juventus fans before the game.

Ronaldo then teed up Khedira but the German´s low shot rattled the base of the post after 35 minutes.

"The last results gave us good spirit and energy, but the real United we'll see at the end of the season and then we can say if we've had a good season".

United though had the final word as Mourinho brought on Mata and Marouane Fellaini, who helped turn the game round in just four minutes, the Spaniard bending in a free-kick from the edge of the box to give the visitors a scarcely-deserved equaliser. That changed the balance in midfield and left Juve disjointed.

Mourinho conceded he had got carried away with his celebration.

"I came here to do my job and I was insulted for 90 minutes, " Mourinho said.

'I'm not going to talk about this because I will be on the front page!' he said. "I probably shouldn´t have done it, with a cool head I wouldn´t have".

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