Sunday 18 November 2018

Man United produce sensational Champions League comeback after late double stuns Juventus

Juventus 1 Man United 2

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group Stage - Group H - Juventus v Manchester United - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 7, 2018 Manchester United's Juan Mata celebrates scoring their first goal with Nemanja Matic REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Soccer Football - Champions League - Group Stage - Group H - Juventus v Manchester United - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 7, 2018 Manchester United's Juan Mata celebrates scoring their first goal with Nemanja Matic REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Simon Peach

Manchester United produced a comeback almost as stunning as Cristiano Ronaldo's volley to secure a late 2-1 Champions League win that will live long in the memory.

Cristiano Ronaldo fired the home side ahead with a wonderful second half volley before a free kick from Juan Mata and an own goal from Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci in the final four minutes saw Jose Mourinho's side complete a stunning comeback.

A fortnight on from being wholly outclassed by the perennial Serie A champions at Old Trafford, the notable improvements made by Jose Mourinho's side looked set to be undone by a moment of brilliance.

Ronaldo's volley will be replayed again and again, but it counted for nothing as United dug deep to produce a famous late comeback.

Juan Mata's sumptuous free-kick hushed the Juventus faithful and Alex Sandro's late own goal secured a win in Turin that breathes new life into the visitors' Champions League campaign.

Mourinho certainly enjoyed the victory, going onto the pitch at full-time and cupping his ear to jeers from the crowd. A fitting end to a mad evening.

United could scarcely have wished of better preparation for Sunday's derby clash at swashbuckling Manchester City as the headlines were snatched away from Ronaldo.

Sami Khedira and Paulo Dybala hit the woodwork either side of half-time despite United's improved display, which looked like it would be undone by their former hero meeting a Leonardo Bonucci clipped pass with an astonishing volley.

Juventus threatened more goals but United dug deep and produced another memorable victory in Turin.

Mata came off the bench to equalise with a superb free-kick in the 86th minute and another set piece would produce a last-gasp winner, with Ashley Young's free-kick eventually going in off Sandro and sending the visitors wild.

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