Mourinho hails 'fantastic' Manchester United win over Juventus

Aubrey Yates
November 8, 2018

Juventus controlled things but a clipped ball to Alexis Sanchez nearly opened the door at the other end, only for it to be just out of the Chilean's reach.

Napoli, who have mostly failed to transfer their recent domestic revival to the European stage, were unlucky to not have won at least one of their two clashes with megabucks PSG and on Tuesday gave as good as they got in their 1-1 draw with Thomas Tuchel's side.

Back in 1999, United's 3-2 semi-final comeback against the same opposition reminded the world never to write them off on their way to the Nou Camp.

As I said on 5 live, I would not single out any of United's players for praise.

Mourinho's team needed two goals in the last four minutes but are now in a fantastic position to qualify from Group H and make it into the knockout rounds. Massimiliano Allegri made a decision to give Alex Sandro and Giorgio Chiellini a game off, saving them for Wednesday's game against United.

He helped his current club to a dramatic 2-1 victory over his former employers, with United digging deep to withstand Juve pressure and head back to England with all three points.

Mourinho's teams are famous for being able to keep clean sheets but they seem incapable at the moment.

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"And I think even if this game doesn't end with a victory, I would have the same feeling that the team played really, really well from the first minute - I repeat - against a super team".

I am expecting the Manchester derby to follow the same pattern as Wednesday night, with City having more possession and United defending for long periods.

Unfortunately for United, if City create chances like Juve did - and the Italian champions had two other clear-cut openings as well as their goal - then City will score. "When you play in this atmosphere, when you have those fans, it's just lovely".

"I think because of the venue and the importance of the game, it's one of the best [that I've scored]". 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.

Immediately after the break, United had a chance as Anthony Martial sent an effort just wide from the edge of the box.

United will have to concentrate for the whole 90 minutes and their back four in particular have got a heck of a job on their hands.

Dion Dublin was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

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