Ratings: David De Gea and Ander Herrera in the plaudits from victory over Juventus in Turin

Manchester United beat Juventus 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Wednesday evening. Cristiano Ronaldo, who else, opened the scoring in the game as Juventus took the lead in the 65th minute. It looked like another defeat was on the card by Juan Mata scored a fantastic free-kick in the 86th minute with Alex Sandro, a player linked to United in the summer, scoring a last-minute own goal, giving United all three points.

Jose Mourinho will be happy with his team following the victory over Juventus, which coupled with the victory over Bournemouth last weekend, sets United up, on confidence ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday, which will then lead into the final international break of 2018. Juan Mata’s free-kick gave a then-beaten United some hope minutes before Ashley Young’s cross into the box was seemingly turned into the net by Sandro, who was linked to United in the summer.

The victory puts United back to second in the group after Valencia beat Young Boys 3-1 earlier on Wednesday, meaning United will need to beat the Swiss team in around three weeks before travelling to Valencia for the final group stage match of the UEFA Champions League. Gaining three points in Turin sees United just two points behind Juventus, who have Valencia and Young Boys to play yet, with the top place in the group still up for grabs.

David De Gea and Ander Herrera were the two stand-out players from the match, in my opinion. De Gea was seemingly back to his best, forcing a fine save from Miralem Pjanic and Herrera was a nuisance in midfield and seldom lost possession. The result will no doubt drive United to cause problems for Manchester City on Sunday, a team who have now scored 12 goals in their last two matches in all competitions.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spaniard had little chance to deny Cristiano Ronaldo. Put in a fine save to deny Morale Panic, though.


18 Ashley Young

The English defender did not start the match very well, allowing the likes of Rodrigo Bentancur to get behind him. Did not seem to be the best output from the wide areas. However, his cross in the last-minute turned into the winning goal after Alex Sandro put the ball into his own net.


Chris Smalling

The United veteran seemed to get away with a challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half, which could have changed the game.


2 Victor Lindelof

The Swede was great in the game at Old Trafford and defended well in Turin. However, he let Cristiano Ronaldo behind him for the opening goal of the game in the 65th minute.


23 Luke Shaw

Juventus kept the England left-back busy on the left, which was the channel they threatened the most during the match. His eighth match in a row for United.


21 Ander Herrera

The Spanish midfielder showed his class, seldom losing the ball and becoming a nuisance for his opposition. A good player for United to have, and keep for the foreseeable future.


31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian was the first player to be booked after his challenge on Paulo Dybala. After being booked, like he has done before, he was careful and helped United get stuck in.


6 Paul Pogba

It was a big night for the Frenchman on his return to Turin. He lost the ball frequently and was too casual at times, which has been said often by many.


14 Jesse Lingard

Rusty from his six-week absence, making his first start on Wednesday evening. Was replaced with twenty minutes left. Good to have him back as another attacking option.


Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean started the match in fine fettle but faded as the game grew to a close. Nemanja Matic put a great over-the-top ball in for him but he could not get on the end of it.


9 Anthony Martial

Five goals in the last five matches and the Frenchman would have been ready to go. Shot wide of the mark at the start of the second half. Might need to play a more central role, which could see his best form return with a bang.



10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Jesse Lingard 70'. Helped his team attack and tried to get stuck in himself, shooting wide of the target before United equalised.


27 Marouane Fellaini

Replaced Ander Herrera 79'. Helped drive United forward in the last ten minutes of the match. The substitutes helped to change the game.


8 Juan Mata

Replaced Alexis Sanchez 79'. Got United level after a sublime free-kick four minutes from time. A great goal for the Spanish magician.


Goals: Cristiano Ronaldo 65′; Juan Mata 86′, Alex Sandro 89′

Assists: Leonardo Bonucci 65′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera (Fellaini 79′), Matic, Pogba; Lingard (Rashford 70′), Sanchez (Mata 79′), Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly, Darmian; Fred

Bookings: Alex Sandro 55′, Paulo Dybala 75′; Nemanja Matic 12′, Ander Herrera 75′, Anthony Martial 90+5′

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