Manchester United suffered a massive set back in their hopes for qualifying for this year’s Champions League Knock out stages as a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Juventus took the points in a 0-1 victory at Old Trafford.
The former United star played a huge part in the games only goal as it was his cross that allowed Paulo Dybala a simple tap in from close range with only 17 minutes on the clock.
However, with a staggering 70 percent of the procession the Italian champion’s dominated Untied in every asset of the game and really should have won far more comfortable after managing 10 shots on target in relation to United’s single effort.
United did improve slightly after the break and could have snatched an unlikely draw had ex
Juventus player Paul Pogba’s thunderous effort from the edge of the area been a few centimetres closer to the target, instead of rebounding of the post.
Ironically, it was only United’s second European defeat at home since 2013, which again involved Ronaldo who that time scored the winner whilst playing for Real Madrid.
The English side did receive some good news as Valencia’s unexpected draw with Young Boys means United remain in second spot in group H at the midway point, but with Juventus just needing a win when the sides meet again at the Allianz Stadium on the 7th of November.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side swept past Shakhtar Donetsk to go top of group F with a 3-0 victory In the Ukraine. The english champions dominated from the start in a performance which Guardiola described as “Outstanding”, “Incredible” and the first 45 minutes as
“Our first half was the best we have played in the last three seasons, since I've been here,”
he watched his side become the first English side to beat the Shakhtar in Europe.
Two goals in five minutes midway through the first half from skipper David Silva who volleyed in the opener on the half hour mark and defender Armoric Laporte who headed in from a Kevin de Bruyne corner to give the Premier league champions the advantage going into the break, before substitute Bernardo Silva came off the bench in the second half to ensure his side took the three points with a shot that went in off the post.
After Cities surprise opening day defeat to Lyon, they have now restored order as the seeded team in the group sitting in top spot at the half way mark, a point ahead of Lyon who were held to a 3-3 draw at Hoffenhiem.