Cristiano Ronaldo counted an injury-time winner as Manchester United came from behindhand to beat Villarreal in an action-packed Champions’ League Group F competition. The recurrence of last season's Europa League final, which the Spanish team won on penalties, looked to be heading for a draw after another unsatisfactory United performance but summer signing Ronaldo stroked home from Jesse Lingard's lay-off to spark triumphant scenes at Old Trafford.
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Though, staying manager Unai Emery will be left inquisitive how his side did not come away with all three points. United started luminously, with Bruno Fernandes lifting over and Ronaldo also deteriorating to hit the board with a header in the inaugural seven minutes.
Villarreal took charge afterward but could not score in a first half in which they shaped chance after chance. United goalkeeper David de Gea made vital automatic saves to deny Arnaut Danjuma and Paco Alcacer, and also dissatisfied Yeremi Pino.
Striker Alcacer must have scored when Raphael Varane miscalculated the bounce of the ball but pulled his shot wide, and Alberto Moreno and Pino both burnt over from promising positions. Nonetheless they did break the impasse at the start of the second half as Danjuma got in behindhand and pulled the ball back for Alcacer to change from close range.
United were discovery it difficult to make inroads but steady through Alex Telles' moment of mastermind, as he shattered a first-time volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. Ronaldo's winner income Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side pick up their first win while, in the group's other tie, Atalanta tired Young Boys 1-0 to go top of the table.
Transported back from Juventus in August for the big time, Ronaldo left it late to bring his most telling moment since his return to Old Trafford. United were title for a third straight match without a win – after being bashed out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham last week and compressed by Aston Villa in a limp presentation on Saturday but the Portuguese star had other ideas. For more to know about Manchester United Football Tickets.
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However, they eventually calm three points, Solskjaer's side looked to be papering over the blows as they once again unsuccessful to find any real unity in the final third of the pitch. Ronaldo, Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho and Paul Pogba all started in front of a raucous crowd, but there seems to be little connection between a front filled with aggressive talent.
Addition to their early misses, Fernandes rushed a shot wide and supernumerary Edinson Cavani somehow controlled off target at the far post with a free net to aim at. The crowd became additional and more discontented as Villarreal justly broke the deadlock on 53 minutes, with Alcacer descending in from a few yards out.
“Gary Neville, the former United captain twisted television expert, had supposed after the Villa defeat that Solskjaer’s side were delivering moments, but those moments won't go for you in certain games”.
On this time, Telles great volley and Ronaldo's winner brought much-needed joy, but queries remain as to whether Solskjaer lacks an over-all plan, relying too much on separate inspiration in an effort to win games. After staying front man Boulaye Dia almost hustled in late on, United's biggest-name separate made the difference as Ronaldo brought another memorable Champions League moment.
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