Man United to take momentum into Manchester derby

Michael Ballack Jose Mourinho

The 2-1 victory is United's latest memorable win in Turin and boosts their hopes of progressing from Group H to the knockout rounds.

With Fellaini and Pogba lurking nearby, the ball eventually being bundled over the line by Juventus midfielder Alex Sandro on 89 minutes, and United hung on through almost 5 minutes of stoppage time for the win.

Statement wins away from home in the Champions League have been in short supply since Sir Alex Ferguson retired five years ago, but this was one. Attending the Juventus against Manchester United game on Wednesday certainly lived up to a great night.

Before stepping up to take the set-piece, Mata had to convince his teammate Ashley Young that he was the right man to take it, and following the match the United he explained to MUTV exactly what he said.

Alexis Sanchez has been a major disappointment in a Manchester United shirt since arriving from Arsenal in January, with not even his staunchest supporter able to suggest any different.

"Probably when Manchester United had heroics here (in 2003), Manchester United was the best team", Mourinho said. Lukaku is one-dimensional, a classic striker in the sense that his first thought is always to head for goal.

United's players sprinted towards their manager in delight.

Regardless of how well they are playing, however, it's going to be very tough for them against Manchester City on Sunday.

Mourinho also claimed United have "one final to play" if they want to get through. And, on Wednesday night in the febrile cavity of the renovated Juventus Stadium, they made it three straight wins.

FW Jesse Lingard, 6 - Back in the team after seven games out but started well, finding pockets of space in the first half, particularly when United were trying to break. But two years after leaving in an £89 million move to United, Pogba did little justify his fee or make the Juve fans yearn for his return. He failed to track Juventus runners and he was poor in possession. Sami Khedira got on the end of a Juve counter, but his strike was easily saved.

Pogba has talent, that is without question.

The goal not only won the game, it transformed the group.

It was the second match in a row that United has scored a late victor after its comeback over the weekend against Bournemouth.



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