Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United did nothing to win the game

Aubrey Yates
November 9, 2018

United were the last team to win a Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium and, despite a mixed start to the season, will head there full of confidence after fighting back against Bournemouth and Juventus to win both games 2-1.

"In lovely Italian they insulted me for 90 minutes", he told BT Sport.

"I think Manchester United players need to have the personality to cope with that".

Juventus let slip a 1-0 lead when Juan Mata struck a superb free-kick in the 86th minute, before Alex Sandro diverted the ball into his own net with a minute of normal time left. "When you play in this atmosphere, when you have those fans, it's just lovely".

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci angrily approached Mourinho as he cupped his ear at the Bianconeri fans and the United coach was escorted off the pitch by a UEFA official and some members of his staff.

The analysis of Mourinho's position will never have been greater than when United travel to Manchester City on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho has said Manchester City are "untouchable" on the eve of the derby but avoided questions about allegations the Premier League champions have circumvented financial fair play (FFP) rules.

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"But the others didn't forget".

Meanhwhile, Hoffenheim revived their hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16 as Pavel Kaderabek scored an injury-time equaliser to cap a dramatic comeback with 10 men and snatch a 2-2 draw at Lyon.

Instead they must now wait for the remaining games against Valencia and Young Boys to seal their passage to the next round.

"We are going to try (win), " the Portuguese said in his pre-match press conference.

Juventus sits atop Group H, two points ahead of United.

Mourinho's troops go into the match nine points behind Pep Guardiola's side, who have yet to taste defeat in the league this season. "If you want to go in a positive way, it is easy to feel a team that does not give up, always find a way to fight back, sometimes changing results, sometimes not, but we are a team that has that collective spirit to fight back but is not always possible".

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