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Manchester United have done what many will call an upset! Yes, Manchester United pulled off not only a massive victory against Italian giants Juventus, but they did it in typical Manchester United style! After falling behind due to a special goal by former Red Devil, Ronaldo, Man United stunned not only ‘The Old Lady’ but perhaps the whole country of Italy by completing a 2-1 comeback to absolutely steal all three points from Juventus in Turin.
At the refs final whistle of the match, Manchester United manager Jose Mourhino walked onto the pitch and cupped his ears, trolling in celebration while being crapped on for 90+ minutes. Seems fair for him to do something like that right? Mourhino will be Mourhino and for that I have decided to rate him a 10. Both tactics and drama were on point in Turin.
But the official player ratings are in and here is where the Red Devils stand after this famous Champions League fixture.
David DE GEA: 9
Other than conceding a half volley by Ronaldo (which he could do nothing about) De Gea, as usual came up big with big saves from Cuadrado and Pjanic, which could have ended the game for the Reds.
Ashley Young: 8
Young had a much better game against Juve than he did in his first game at Old Trafford, and despite having Ronaldo on his side, he held his own and remained disciplined at the back. He even made Ronaldo move away from his side. He was also involved with the free kick that led to the own goal.
Chris Smalling: 7
Smalling had a solid performance and held his side.
Victor Lindelof: 8
Victor was caught out by Ronaldo’s goal but other than that, he showed the side that United had paid big bucks for, another excellent shift by the Iceman. He read the plays of the Juventus attack very quickly.
Luke Shaw: 7
Shaw held off Cuadrado for the most part but struggled with Ronaldo once he switched flanks, but did enough to hold off the attacks. Another solid performance.
Ander Herrera: 7.5
Herrera was put into the squad for one reason; to cancel out any attacking plans Juventus had and he did exactly that. Every time he gets into the starting Xl he rarely fails us. It was another big performance from the Spaniard.
Nemanja Matic: 6
Matic was booked at the 12th minute for a foul on Dybala, and although I haven’t been overwhelmed by his performances this season, I thought he played well.
Paul Pogba: 6.5
Pogba received a warm welcome back to Turin but was chasing his own shadow out there for the most part I felt. Although he boosted himself late during the game. He won the free kick that led to the goal and added pressure which led to an own goal.
Jesse Lingard: 5.5
I wont lie, I wasn’t very impressed with Lingard’s performance. He lost in dribbles and was even megged by Alex Sandro, but he is coming off an injury so I’ll let this one pass.
Alexis Sanchez: 5
Alexis was very involved in the first half but didn’t make anything tick for the team. But unlike Lingard’s situation, Sanchez has been playing almost every week. He just isn’t cutting it for me.
Anthony Martial: 7.5
Martial looks to be continuing his inspired form despite not getting a goal. There was very effective dribbling from the Frenchmen and he looked to have scared Juve’s defence.
Marcus Rashford: 6.5
Coming onto the pitch in the 70th minute, he looked positive going forward and with the counter attacks, but he missed a chance at goal that should of made the game 3-1 at the end. He still needs to work on his finishing.
Marouane Fellaini: 7
Man United fans will have to start questioning themselves, “Do we actually play better with Fellaini on the squad?” Yes. The big Belgian caused all sorts of problems for Juve for the short time he was on. He came in handy yet again for Mourhino’s side and it’s no wonder he pinned him down to a new contract.
Juan Mata: 9.
Mata came on the 76th minute and bagged himself a free kick not long after. He made a huge impact in his short time.