Cristiano Ronaldo scored a last-minute winner to ensure that Man United finished the right side of the football scores in the Champions League against Villareal. The pressure was firmly on the hosts after they lost three out of their last four games including an opening day Champions League loss against Young Boys. They also exacted revenge against the side to whom they lost in the penalty shootout in the Europa League last season.
Man Utd: De Gea (8), Dalot (5), Lindelof (6), Varane (7), Telles (7), McTominay (6), Pogba (7), Fernandes (7), Sancho (6), Greenwood (7), Ronaldo (7).
Subs used: Cavani (7), Matic (6), Fred (n/a), Lingard (n/a).
Villarreal: Rulli (6), Albiol (6), Torres (6), Parejo (6), Capoue (7), Foyth (6), Alcacer (7), Trigueros (7), Danjuma (7), A Moreno (7), Pino (7).
Subs used: Dia (6), Estupinan (5), Pena (5), Mandi (5), Gomez (6).
Man of the match: David de Gea.
Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Champions League Old Trafford is magic and sometimes history can help us. Tonight, Cristiano came up with a good goal and Alex scored a fantastic goal.” he added. “They’re a very hard team to beat. They’ve not lost a game since way before the final and they’ve played good teams before. It’s a difficult one because we’re at home and want to win, but they play so well, that if we don’t go and press them, they’ll be happy enough to sit off.”
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