Manchester United vs Juventus: match report
Juventus left Old Trafford with a 1-0 victory after Dybala struck in the 17th minute, but the score-line did not reflect the gaping difference in quality between the two sides.
Juve looked dangerous from the off and after 15 minutes, it felt like it wouldn’t be long until they opened the scoring. Just two minute later, Ronaldo found himself in space on the right and put in a low cross towards the six-yard box. Juve had a bit of luck when the ball fell to the feet of Dybala after two deflections, and the Argentinean slotted past De Gea with ease from short range.
United, who had only 30% possession in the first half, really had nothing to give. Their best and only real chance came just two minutes before Dybala’s goal, when a Mata cross from a set-piece found the head of Pogba. The Frenchman’s header was on target but was easily saved by Szczesny. Juve were easily in control for the rest of the half, and looked like they were sailing to victory.
United were slightly better in the second half, but just lacked the killer instinct to trouble Juventus in the Italian side’s third. Juve meanwhile looked dangerous every time they got the ball. And they would have been two-nil up after 52 minutes had it not been for De Gea, who managed a wonderful save to keep out an equally wonderful strike by Ronaldo from the edge of the box that was sailing into the top right corner.
United, for their part, were unlucky not to have an equalizer in the 75th minute after an amazing piece of individual skill from Pogba. The Frenchman won the ball about 25 yards out and turned quickly to face the Juventus goal before launching a low and hard shot that hit the left post.
But that was as good as it got for Mourinho, who made no changes in the game, and Juventus held on to their one-goal lead and secured the three points.
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93' And that's it. Ronaldo has the last piece of action with a shot, which is blocked down from the United defence. The ref blows the whistle straight after. Ronaldo throws his hands in the air and high fives his team Pjanic. Another easy three points for Juventus. The 0-1 scoreline does not reflect the gaping difference in quality between the two sides here tonight.
92' Matic tries to backheal to Pogba but it's useless. He hasn't been able to put a simple five-yard pass together tonight, not sure what he was trying to do there.
90' Martial beats one, two... he tries to curl one past Szczney's right from distance. It's on target but lacking power, and it's saved by the Juve keeper.
87' Lindelor breaks down another Juve attack in the box. It could be 4-0 without him on the field.
86' Costa comes on for Cancelo. United still to make a change.
86' United on the attack again, Mata's cross is blocked.
83' Corner is deep and hangs high in the air. Eventually it's cleared by Juventus. United's set pieces have left a lot to be desired.
83' Good passage of play for United.. Lukaku's shot is blocked and it's a corner.
81' Cuadrado makes way for Barzagli.
78' Dybala comes off for Bernardeschi. He's had a decent game for Juve, causing United all sorts of problems. The fact that Mourinho has yet to make a change, despite his team being so poor, shows the lack of options he has on the bench.
77' A frustrated Young is booked for impeding Matuidi, who was just too fast for him.
77' United are putting the pressure on now and that has livened up the crowd.
75' Pogba hits a beauty from 20 yards... it's beaten Szczeny but hit's the post. What a strike!
73' Ronaldo tries to get on the end of a decent chip into the box. But De Gea gets there first.
71' Another short Matic pass is way off target. He has been incredibly poor.
65' United have been enjoying some more possession, but they are struggling to string more than 3 or 4 passes together. Juve meanwhile look like they could score every time they get the ball. A gaping difference in quality between these two sides tonight.
59' Mata puts in a cross from yet another set piece for United and again it's very very poor. The only chances United are getting are from those free-kicks in and around the Juve third. They've had a few now. but they've wasted all of them.
59' Yellow card for Matuidi who slided late to take down Ashley Young darting down the line.
55' United had a positive opening few minutes to this half, but Juve are beginning to take control again.
52' Ronaldo almost makes it two! Juve switch the play to Sandro on the right. He sqaures it to Ronaldo, who hits it first time from 18 yards out. His shot was curling into the top right corner, but some De Gea acrobatics keep the ball out of the net.
51' Matuidi beats two to find himself in the box. He tries to slide the ball to Ronaldo but Lindelof touches it out for the corner.
47' United have a chance in the Juve box. But both Martial and Lukaku have shots blocked.
46' Juventus get the second half underway and have the ball in the United box within 25 seconds. Matic gets back to cancel out the danger.
The teams have emerged from the tunnel for the second half. Let's see if Mourinho's half time words will make a difference, as they did in their last two games.
46' Peep peep peep! And that's half-time. Juventus comfortable here, but perhaps they were not expecting to be this comfortable. United will have to find some of that form they had against Chelsea last week if they are going to get back into this, as well as the fighting spirit that saw them come back from 2-0 against Newcastle to win 3-2. Allegri will not have any complaints, he'll just ask his men to do more of the same.
43' Matic's well overcooked long ball to Rashford just sums United up in this first half. Rashford just looks to the ground as the ball sails over him and into the crowd.
41' Five minutes to go here... United will just look to hold on to a one-nil deficit until half-time and regroup at the break. Mourinho maybe tempted to change something.
38' Ronaldo hit's a well struck free kick, after being fouled by Valencia. But De Gea blocks it.
37' It's end-to-end stuff at the moment. United showing some more intent here, but they'll have to be careful not to be caught on the break, as they almost were from a corner four minutes ago.
32' Rashford beats 3 defenders before eventually being dispossesed in the box. That has helped to animate the crowd. The hosts are finally enjoying some meaningful possession.
30' The United fans, to be fair, are trying to get behind their team, but they really have not given them anything to cheer about. They look lethargic. It could be a long night for them unless they can turn things around here.
26' Juve absolutely dominating proceedings here. The Italian side have had 70% of possesion so far. United can only sit back, watch, and try to not concede another.
22' Cancelo launches a rocket from the corner of the box after good link up play with Ronaldo. De Gea has to stretch to keep it out.
17' GOOAAAL Juventus!! Ronaldo whips in a cross from the right into the six-yard box. The ball deflects off Martial and lands at Cuadrado. His deflected effort falls to Dybala who slots it in with ease.
16' Pogba wins a free kick for United, which is whipped in by Mata. Pogba is first to get his head on the cross, his header is on target but lacks power. And easily dealt with by the Juve keeper.
13' Dybala gets his head on the end of a cross from Cancelo, after some good buildup play from Juventus. He's unmarked around six yards out but he really had to twist and turn to reach it, and thus could not get power or direction on the header. Juventus are on top here.
12' Pjanic's delivery is very poor, it's over everyone and bounces wide. A wasted opportunity for the visitors.
11' Ronaldo has played a prominent part so far. He's just won a free kick for Juve, around 35 yards out.
9' Matic ties to set Dybala off inside the box after a big defensive error from Shaw hands him the ball about 25 yards out. But the United defence clear up the danger.
7' Ronaldo wins a corner for Juve. But the United defence deal with it and it's launched back down towards Juve's end, as the Italians look to build again.
6' United have another chance from a free-kick set piece. But the delivery is very poor. It's nowhere near a United player and is headed away by Pjanic.
4' Cross from the free kick comes in, but it hung too long in the air, and Szczeny jumps to catch it with ease.
3' Rashford is taken down by Pjanic. United have a free kick on the right with a chance to whip one into the box.
1' And United get the game underway!
Another delayed kick-off here. United's bus was delayed again due to traffic, as happened three weeks ago against Valencia. But they are ready to go now.
Both side stand for "The Chaaaampioooons" League anthem. The formalities are almost done here and it's almost time for kick off.
Manchester United have won their last three meetings with Juventus in all competitions, more than they had in their first nine against them (W2 D2 L5).
Four English players in United's starting XI (Rashford, Shaw, Smalling and Young), while Juventus have just two Italians, defenders Bonucci and Chiellini. All in all, nine nationalities in Juve's team; six in United.
Reports saying that the United team bus was stuck in traffic AGAIN! The same happened three weeks ago against Valencia, which led to the kick-off being delayed.
Hello and welcome to our coverage as Juventus take on United at Old Trafford, the former stomping ground, of course, of Juve's star man, Cristiano Ronaldo. The United faithful will no doubt make him feel right at home, at least until the game kicks off.
Manchester United vs Juventus: preview
Manchester United and Juventus face off at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in Group H of the Champions League, with Cristiano Ronaldo making a return to his former home for the first time since 2013.
This will be the first time the two sides have met in the competition since 2002-2003, when United won both group stage games between the sides (2-1 at home, 3-0 away). The English and Italian clubs have squared off 12 times in total, with both teams winning five each and drawing twice. United have won the last three encounters, but will not be favorites tonight despite home advantage.
United have only won one of their last six games. That win came against Newcastle two weeks ago, with the Red Devils' thrilling second half comeback to seal a 3-2 victory marking the start of a mini resurgence. That game was followed by the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford bridge, a satisfactory, yet disappointing, result for Mourinho, after the Blues found a 96th minute winner to deny United the three points.
“United's form was shown in the past two matches. The way we can play, and the way we want to play was shown in the last two matches, so we will try to [play that way again]," said Mourinho at the pre-match press conference.
Sitting in second place with four points in Group H, his side go into the game unbeaten and having not conceded a goal in their two previous Champions League games against Young Boys (3-0) and Valencia (0-0). But Juventus will provide a much sterner test and with two difficult trips to Turin and Valencia ahead, anything less than a draw tonight will make United’s road to the second round much rockier.
Juventus’ early season form, meanwhile, has been markedly contrasting to that of United. Massimiliano Allegri’s side have won 10 of their 11 games in all competitions this season – only dropping points for the first time last weekend against Genoa. With six points, they sit top of Group H ahead of United, following victories against Valencia and Young Boys.
Since joining Juve from Real Madrid this summer, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored five goals in ten games and returns to Champions League action after he sat out the previous game againt Young Boys due to suspension. The ex-United hero is likely to receive a warm reception at Old Trafford tonight, and will be looking to score at his former home as he did so for Real Madrid four years ago to put United out of the competition.
He will likely be joined up front by Dybala, while the other member of the regular Juve striking trio, Mandzukic is missing due to an ankle sprain. But Allegri’s side have plenty of firepower to cope without the Croatian and are tipped to leave Old Trafford with the three points.