Paul Pogba welcomes Manchester United underdogs tag

Postado Novembro 08, 2018

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.

The goal looked to be enough to win the game and secure top spot and qualification for the knockout stages with two games to spare for Massimiliano Allegri's team.

Juan Mata helped his side equalise through a ideal free-kick from right outside the penalty box.

Manchester United turned the clock back to 1999 by turning defeat into victory against Juventus with a dramatic late victory in Turin.

Ronaldo is the all-time record scorer in the Champions League with 121 goals, but this was his first in the competition for Juventus - although he missed one match through suspension after his red card against Valencia.

In the 90th minute, once again, a near flawless free-kick was delivered into the Juventus' penalty area.

Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci came across to remonstrate with Mourinho - who defended his actions in his post-match press conference, saying "I didn't insult them, I just made a little thing".

United's players sprinted towards their manager in delight.

Then in the final minute an Ashley Young freekick was headed on by Marouane Felliani into the path of Pogba who se shot was deflected home by Sandro.

"I think it's always good to be the outsider, so people expect bad of us and then we surprise people", said Pogba afterwards. To get three points against Juventus in Italy is incredible.

"We carried on, we pushed and we know that we can be unsafe on free-kicks because they defend very well".

Paul Pogba's return did not quite go so well against his former club and he again struggled to show his best form. He still needs to sharpen his fitness and intensity, but if he gets the game time, Sanchez can still be the big-game player Mourinho expected him to be when he signed him.

City has only dropped points against Liverpool this season and has lost only one league match at home in almost two years - but that was against United in April. Although the Portuguese admitted that he probably should not have done that, most United fans were delighted that he did. "I was happy for the goal but disappointed because we should have won the game easily by three or four goals". It was one of those nights.