Juventus vs. Manchester United - Football Match Report

United have had the fewest 10+ pass sequences of any of the big six teams

United have had the fewest 10+ pass sequences of any of the big six teams

Mourinho had to be escorted off the pitch Wednesday (NZT Thursday) after celebrating his side's 2-1 comeback win over the Italian side in the Champions League by cupping his hand to his ear to the crowd after the final whistle. They are a fantastic team with an incredible record at home. Cageyness and a sense of inferiority inevitably takes hold of the United players, and when travelling to the Etihad this can only mean City will win the mental battle.

Ronaldo is the all-time record scorer in the Champions League with 121 goals, but this was his first in the competition for Juventus - although he missed one match through suspension after his red card against Valencia.

"I think we played this season against Chelsea and Juventus away, the two best teams that we faced this season and we played very well in both".

Juventus are top of Group H on nine points, two ahead of second-placed United. I don't buy into the view that he is not a big-game player - you only have to look at his performance in the World Cup final to see that he is. Another great goal in the Champions League for Ronaldo, and he seems to be collecting them at the Allianz Stadium after the unforgettable overhead kick for Real Madrid there last season. "We didn't have him in the first leg, Juventus introduced Barzagli to control us, but we immediately went direct and got the goals", Mourinho explained. What a hard place to go, this stadium, they've made it a fortress over the last couple of years.


Undeterred by Ronaldo's abdominal muscles, United battled on, and got their break four minutes from time, when substitute Juan Mata curled home a sublime equalizer from a set piece just outside the area.

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

"A point or three would have changed little for Juventus, but three points makes a big difference to us". He really should have approached the game determined to show his old fans what they were missing, but he was simply swallowed up Juve's midfield of Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira and Rodrigo Bentancur.

United secured three points in dramatic fashion, bagging two late goals following Cristiano Ronaldo's sublime opener.


I am expecting City to create more chances, too. "I think we fight until the end".

Whatever competition they are playing in, and whoever they are playing against, you just can not bet against them and I am always expecting them to score two or three goals.

It is a big ask for United to stop them, and they will have to play much better than they did against Juve to stand a chance.


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