Manchester United has only gone and done it. Not only did they pull off a massive victory against Italian giants Juventus, but they did it in typical Manchester United style! After falling behind due to a special goal by former Red Devil, Ronaldo, United stunned not only 'The Old Lady' but perhaps the whole country of Italy by completing a 2-1 comeback to steal all three points from Juventus. And at their home ground in Turin.
When the ref’s final whistle blew, Manager Jose Mourhino walked onto the pitch and cupped his ears, trolling in celebration while being applauded for 90+ minutes. Seems fair for him to do something like that right? Mourhino will be Mourhino and for that I have decided to rate him a 10. Both tactics and drama were on point in Turin.
But the official player ratings are in and here is where the Red Devils stand after this famous Champion’s League fixture:
David De Gea (Goalkeeper): 9
Other than conceding a half volley by Ronaldo (which he could do nothing about), De Gea as usual came up big with big saves from Cuadrado and Pjanic, which could have ended the game for the Reds.
Ashley Young (Right Back): 8
Young had a much better game against Juve than he did in his first game at Old Trafford and despite having Ronaldo on his side, he held his own and remained disciplined at the back. He even made Ronaldo move away from his side – no mean feat – and was also involved with the free-kick that led to the own goal.
Chris Smalling (Centre Back): 7
A solid performance. He held his side.
Victor Lindelof (Centre Back): 8
Victor was caught out by Ronaldo's goal but other than that he showed the player of the calibre United paid big bucks for. Another excellent shift by the Iceman, he read the Juventus’ attacking plays very quickly.
Luke Shaw (Left Back): 7
Shaw held off Cuadrado for the most part but struggled with Ronaldo once he switched flanks, though he did enough to hold off the attacks. Another solid performance.
Ander Herrera (Right Central Midfielder): 7.5
Herrera was put into the squad for one reason: to cancel out any attacking plans Juventus had and he did exactly that. Every time he gets into the starting Xl he rarely fails us. It was another big performance from the Spaniard.
Nemanja Matic (Central Defending Midfielder): 6
Matic was booked at the 12th minute for a foul on Dybala and although his performances so far this season haven’t been particularly overwhelming he played well.
Paul Pogba (Left Central Midfielder): 6.5
Pogba received a warm welcome back to Turin but was chasing his own shadow out there for the most part. He boosted himself late during the game, winning the free-kick that led to United’s goal and adding enough pressure to make Juventus cave and give away an own goal.
Jesse Lingard (Right Wing): 5.5
I won’t lie, I wasn't very impressed with Lingard's performance. He lost in dribbles and was even megged by Alex Sandro, but he is coming off an injury so I'll let this one pass.
Alexis Sanchez (Striker): 5
Alexis was very involved in the first half but didn't make anything tick for the team. However, unlike Lingard's situation, Sanchez has been playing almost every week. He just isn't cutting it for me.
Anthony Martial (Left Wing): 7.5
Despite not getting a goal, Martial’s inspired form looks to be continuing. There was very effective dribbling from the Frenchmen and he scared Juve's defence.
Marcus Rashford (Striker): 6.5
Coming onto the pitch in the 70th minute, he looked positive going forward and with the counter attacks, but he missed a chance at goal that should have ended the game 3-1. He still needs to work on his finishing.
Marouane Fellaini (Midfielder): 7
Some United fans have been asking the question: do we actually play better with Fellaini on the squad? Urgh, yes. The big Belgian caused all sorts of problems for Juve for the short time he was on. He came in handy yet again for Mourhino's side and it's no wonder he pinned him down to a new contract.
Juan Mata (Right Wing): 9
Mata came on the 76th minute and bagged himself a free-kick not long after. He made a huge impact in his short time.