Paul Pogba underwhelms but Man United grab lucky late win at Juventus

United have had the fewest 10+ pass sequences of any of the big six teams

United have had the fewest 10+ pass sequences of any of the big six teams

But one argument in the Chile international's defence is that he's not been handed the chance to play on his best position by Mourinho.

Juve needed something special to break the United resistance and they got it when Bonucci's hopeful long ball from his own half dropped into the path of Ronaldo, who lashed it home on 65 minutes.

"So I tried to do what I do in training a lot of times, practicing, practicing".

The goal looked to be enough to win the game and secure top spot and qualification for the knockout stages with two games to spare for Massimiliano Allegri's team.

"Very important 3 points. and awesome support from the fans", the France worldwide wrote.

In his post-match presser, Mourinho was even less apologetic and simissed concernt that his actions were against any UEFA rules, telling the assembled press: "You remember what they did to me?" They nearly let United back into it at Old Trafford after switching off and this time they were punished for missing gilt-edge chances by a cynical away side.

Pjanic saw an effort from distance whistle just over, but United levelled things up with four minutes left.

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For the ball to bounce in off Sandro's head was an ugly way for United to clinch the win but it gave them the result they wanted, so who cares?

Immediately after the break, United had a chance as Anthony Martial sent an effort just wide from the edge of the box. The European champions' third win in three matches since Solari took charge was a 5-0 hammering of Viktoria Plzen.

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

"I think it's always good to be the outsider, so people expect bad of us and then we surprise people", said Pogba afterwards. "After their goal I think we had five minutes to wake up again but the team was there was the first minute to the last".

The Swedish journalist brought up the moment, "when you went out and celebrated, Juventus players were obviously very upset". With Lukaku they are more inclined to play direct, whereas Sánchez is really good at dropping deeper and linking up with the midfield and wingers.

With a bit more luck, they might be able to get something out of Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on Sunday too, but they will need some extra quality as well.

"Today we did a big step, but it's not over yet."

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