Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
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Man United to take momentum into Manchester derby

Man United to take momentum into Manchester derby

There is something rather uncomfortable about the club with the biggest wage bill in the Premier League being characterised as the underdog but, in the context of a week when plenty have been predicting misery for Manchester United, it was possible to see where Paul Pogba was coming from. A point was the least they needed to have a chance of qualifying for the last 16 but winning was unbelievable, and now they are in a strong position to make the knock-out stage. They kept Juve at arm's length in the first half and looked comfortable until Ronaldo's fantastic finish on 65 minutes. "Hopefully we can get all three points".

Lukaku's injury means he is a doubt for Sunday's trip to Manchester City, so Sanchez might get another outing at the Etihad.

If you keep beating teams like that - from behind and without playing especially well - then that starts to build belief.

But there was more drama to come as Ashley Young whipped the ball on and it was bundled home off the face of Alex Sandro.


He brought on Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini with 11 minutes left and United deservedly behind to a Cristiano Ronaldo wonder goal, and both were instrumental in the turnaround, Mata whipping home the equaliser and Fellaini flicking on a cross that Sandro eventually nodded into his own net. Then David De Gea had to be alert as a Juan Cuadrado cross defected off Matic and needed a low stop from the Spaniard. His delivery from set pieces is one of the reasons why he is keeping Antonio Valencia out of the team.

Now, you can't blame him too much for celebrating. He won his physical battles and defended well.

DF Victor Lindelof, 6 - fearless block from a Ronaldo shot early on but lost him when Leonardo Bonucci floated a ball over the top to allow the former United man to smash Juventus into the lead. And the United keeper was then saved by the post as Ronaldo's low cross found Khedira unmarked in the middle of the penalty box, but the German's shot hit the woodwork. However, United were unsafe on the break. Worked hard but exhausted before being taken off. Although the Portuguese admitted that he probably should not have done that, most United fans were delighted that he did.

PSG are third in Group C after their battling 1-1 draw with Napoli in the Stadio San Paolo cauldron, and while they are only one point behind leaders Liverpool, Tuchel's side have only managed to beat Red Star Belgrade in four matches.

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