Managerless Man Utd in Round of 16

Jadon Sancho’s first goal for Manchester United came in his 16th game in all competitions

Manchester United advanced to the Champions League in the round of 16 thanks to two late-game goals against Villarreal in Michael Carrick’s first match as interim manager.

Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his scoring record in every match in this season’s competition when he lifted the ball over goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in the 78th minute after Fred stripped Etienne Capoue.

Jadon Sancho then sealed the victory in injury time when he fired a shot that went over the bottom of the crossbar.

United, who fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, They are at the top of Group F with one round of games to play.

However, they were indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea, who made two magnificent one-handed saves, one at each half, to avoid Manu Trigueros’ good shots when he had no goals.

United will be guaranteed to progress as group champions with a game to spare if Atalanta fail to beat the Swiss Young Boys on the road in Tuesday’s final game.

Man Utd wins to lift sadness

The result delighted traveling United fans, with Carrick hugging his players at the final whistle as some of the sadness about the club dissipated.

A slump in form has put them in the round of 16 in the Premier League, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, with Solskjaer’s three years in command coming to an end after an embarrassing 4-1 loss to Watford on Saturday.

Carrick, who was Solskjaer’s assistant, said Monday he wasn’t thinking of a potential opportunity to impress and win the job full-time.

Before the game in Spain, former teammate Paul Scholes, now a BT Sport expert, was scathing to Carrick and fellow coaches Kieran McKenna and Mike Phelan, saying: “I would be embarrassed to be on the staff now.

“Everyone should have gone, fired or lost. They have let the club down as much as Ole.”

Yet despite distractions and criticism off the field, United secured their first clean sheet in 15 games, only their second of the season.

Ronaldo brings his side out of trouble again

Solskjaer scored the winning goal for United in the 1999 Champions League final and despite losing his job, he remains a club legend and his fans still sang it.

Without him, Carrick made four changes of the 11 that started the loss to Watford, as Donny van de Beek received his first start in two months and Bruno Fernandes fell to the bench.

Villarreal, led by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery, is twelfth in La Liga, having won just three of the 13 national league games, but was the best team in the first half and early in the second. .

In a repeat of last season’s Europa League final, which Villarreal won 11-10 on penalties in Solskjaer’s only final as United manager, the hosts had a good chance of taking the lead.

Yeremi Pino fired into the side net, Trigueros twice forced excellent one-handed saves from De Gea and Arnaut Danjuma fired twice over the bar while United were under pressure.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored five of Manchester United’s 10 goals in the Champions League this season

But Ronaldo, whose 95th-minute goal gave United a 2-1 win against Villarreal in the reverse game at Old Trafford in September, made the difference again with his fifth goal of this season’s competition.

Rulli’s punt found Capoue, but the former Tottenham and Watford midfielder lost the ball to Fred, then fell to Ronaldo, who quickly lifted him over Rulli for United’s first.

Fred was again involved in United’s second goal when the play began, which also included substitutes Marcus Rashford and Fernandes, and the ball ended up at Sancho’s feet.

The English international stormed past Rulli for his first goal since his £ 73m summer signing from Borussia Dortmund to clinch victory and a round of 16 place.

Man of the match

From GeaDavid De Gea

Villarreal

  1. Squad number13Player’s nameRulli

  2. Squad number8Player’s nameFoyth

  3. Squad number4Player’s nametowers

  4. Squad number3Player’s nameAlbiol

  5. Squad number5Player’s nameEqual

  6. Squad numbertwenty-onePlayer’s namePine tree

  7. Squad numberfifteenPlayer’s nameDanjuma

  8. Squad number12Player’s nameStupiñán

  9. Squad number6Player’s nameCapoue

  10. Squad number14Player’s nameManu Trigueros

  11. Squad number23Player’s nameMoi Gomez

  12. Squad numberelevenPlayer’s nameChukwueze

  13. Squad numbersixteenPlayer’s nameDay

  14. Squad number18Player’s namedark

  15. Squad number17Player’s nameDani raba

Lineups

Villarreal

Training 4-4-2

  • 13Rulli
  • 8Foyth
  • 3Albiol
  • 4towers
  • 12StupiñánReplaced forRaba Antolinto 79 ‘minutes
  • twenty-onePine treeReserved at 33 minutesReplaced forChukwuezeto 73 ‘minutes
  • 6Capoue
  • 5Equal
  • 23Gomez BardonadoReplaced forDayto 85 ‘minutes
  • 14Trigueros MuñozReplaced fordarkto 73 ‘minutes
  • fifteenDanjuma

Substitutes

  • 1Asenjo
  • 2Pérez Martínez
  • 9Alcacer
  • 10Iborra
  • elevenChukwueze
  • sixteenDay
  • 17Raba Antolin
  • 18dark
  • twentyPain
  • 22Mandi
  • 24Pedraza
  • 31Álvarez by Eulate Molne

Man Utd

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 1From Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 27Telles
  • 17Fred
  • 39McTominay
  • 25SanchoReplaced forBushto 90 + 3 ‘minutes
  • 3. 4van de BeekReserved at 41 minutesReplaced forBruno fernandesto 66 ‘minutes
  • 9MartialReplaced forRashfordto 66 ‘minutes
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoReplaced forMaticto 90 + 1 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bailly
  • 8Bush
  • 10Rashford
  • 14Lingard
  • sixteenDiallo
  • 18Bruno fernandes
  • twentyDalot
  • 22Heat on
  • 26Henderson
  • 31Matic

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