Match Analysis: Juventus vs Manchester United (7th Nov)

by The United Devils
9th Nov 2018

A great result for the Red Devils. Manchester United has continued with their new-found form of making great comebacks. Although this is not the ideal approach, it is definitely a morale booster. Given the way United started the season, winning games in injury time is a good indication of hope for what fans should expect in the future.

United started off fairly well compared to recent games. There’s obvious improvement. They continue to concede too many free-kicks and corner-kicks, but heir defence has improved greatly. Juventus put up a strong fight as ever, attacking United’s goal zealously, but thanks to the heroics of birthday boy Marcus Rashford, United kept them at bay.

Juventus took the lead first with a goal from Christiano Ronaldo, but, credit to them, United recovered from it and held on until the end, equalising through Juan Mata in the 86th minute, before killing it off with an own goal from Sandro in the 89th minute.

The win takes United to 7 points in the group, two behind leaders Juventus. They need to win the next game against Young Boys, and hope that Valencia doesn't win, to cement a place in the knockout stages. Juventus also need one more win to qualify – they should get it but let’s see what happens.

Overall, the game was a big step forward for all of United’s players. Slowly but surely their defence is becoming visibly more solid and formidable. Once again, Victor Lindelof put in a superb performance and Chris Smalling improved since the last game too. Martial held his own, his confidence and defensive work getting better all the time. He was involved in winning back possession and earned United the free-kick that won them the game. Rashford was unlucky to miss a one-on-one chance late in the game, but overall all of the players are definitely beginning to step up to the mark. Finally! Fellaini, one of them: the best plan B in European football, he didn't disappoint.

But let’s not forget the Manager. Jose Mourinho is starting to see things clearer too. The game started with a 4-3-3 approach and had the likes of Herrera standing out during the first half. The game needed shaking up and Jose was spot on with his substitutions, Fellaini, Rashford and Mata, who came on to change the game completely.

What next?
This unexpected win should give United a massive morale boost heading into the weekend’s battle with Manchester City. Hopefully they’ll start off on a high note and avoid conceding. Rashford needs to rediscover his scoring form if he wants a guaranteed centre-forward role, other than that, bring on Man City! 




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