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Manchester United’s Turin win could be turning point for José Mourinho

08 November 2018

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo played down the significance of his team's loss to Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Manchester United snatched an extraordinary and barely deserved 2-1 win at Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday (Nov 7) with a late free-kick from Juan Mata and a scrappy own goal from Alex Sandro, revitalising their hopes of reaching the last 16.

United looked confident in possession in the opening exchanges but it was Juventus who had another chance shortly after as Rodrigo Bentancur's shot from outside the box was deflected behind for a corner.

Not for nothing were the 2,000 travelling fans singing "Oh what a night" among other songs ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby, the third hard away game in eight days, the first two of those 2-1 victories.

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It was Juventus' first defeat in any competition this season. I hope we arrive on time! I don't buy into the view that he is not a big-game player - you only have to look at his performance in the World Cup final to see that he is.

"Hopefully this can give us great momentum now and we'll have a good few days of training and reboot ourselves for the game (on Sunday)". His late involvement in Sandro's own-goal victor for United wasn't enough to make Pogba stand out. United also fought back to win 3-2 with a late goal against Newcastle last month.

And that has revived memories of the winning goals scored in "Fergie Time" by Manchester United's trophy-winning teams under Alex Ferguson.

FW, Alexis Sanchez, 6 - Far more mobile than Lukaku which helps United when they go forward and always works hard. "It's a huge credit to the team for keeping on fighting and never giving up".

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"I feel it's deserved. I don't think there's any need for it but that's the way he is".

"So, it is a different situation but it is a fantastic victory for us - a victory that is not just about the points we lost at home, it is about the feeling of how well we played".

Juventus, which was the only team in the Champions League still with a ideal record, remained top of Group H but is only two points ahead of United. "It's a great team spirit".

After two goals in the final four minutes secured a vital three points in Europe, Mourinho responded to persistent abuse from the Juve fans, aware of his history as a former manager of rivals Inter, by cupping his hand to his ear.

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Manchester United’s Turin win could be turning point for José Mourinho