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Cristiano Ronaldo leads Man United to the UCL knockout stage
Nov 25, 2021, 3:11:00 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Man United to the UCL knockout stage

Manchester United has booked their ticket to the Champions League’s knockout stage by beating Villarreal for the second time. Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho scored a goal apiece to lead the Reds to a 2-0 victory.

For the majority of the match, Villarreal was controlling the pace with a solid defensive strategy. However, they couldn’t contain Man United when they found their stride late into the second half. David de Gea was also fantastic during this match as he saved multiple shots to keep a clean sheet.

Reds defender Victor Lindelöf was pleased to see a win. He believes that this win can leave a huge mark on their mindset. He said, ‘It’s been a tough couple of weeks and a tough couple of days, but we came here with the desire to win the game and go through to the next round, and we managed to do that. I’m very proud of the guys today and, of course, very happy that we’re through as well’.

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Ronaldo’s late goal opened up the scoring for the Reds as they poured on their aggression after his goal. Sancho followed up with his goal as he felt inspired by the level of performance that United showcased after the Ronaldo goal.

The defence was solid against the Villarreal offence as they kept a clean sheet. Over the past few weeks, United has been abysmal with their defence and now that Ole Gunnar Solskjær has parted ways with the squad, there have been changes in the team.

As the caretaker manager, Carrick was pleased with the win because it held solid value. He said, ‘Let’s be honest, I don’t think we could have hoped to have come out here and played really pretty football from the word go. When you have suffered results-wise and not being in a great run of form, individually and as a team, it’s not easy to just come out and let things click’.

It will be fun to see how the Man United squad will play in the next few weeks because they will surely be inspired by Ole’s exit. Carrick has stepped in to keep following Ole’s vision and the players are ready to keep fighting in the UCL and Premier League.

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Words: Cholo Martin

Image: PA