Manchester United came back from a 1-0 deficit to beat Villarreal 2-1 at Old Trafford, keeping their hopes of qualifying for the next round of the Champions League alive. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were exceptional and put in a fantastic performance to earn their first win in the Champions League.
Following a scoreless first half at Old Trafford, the visitors gained the lead in the second half and kept the pressure on United until Alex Telles hit a spectacular volley to snatch a leveller for Manchester United following a wonderfully delivered ball from Bruno Fernandes from setplay.
The Red Devils fought to the finish and came from behind to defeat Unai Emery's team and earn their first win over Villarreal since 2005. Cristiano Ronaldo's last-minute goal helped United beat Villarreal in a tense game to earn their first three points in the UEFA Champions League against the Spanish darkhorse. Following the Red Devils' outstanding performance in a tight win at Old Trafford, here are two talking topics drafted following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side's fantastic comeback win over Villarreal in the Champions League.
1. Master-Class De Dea: Instrumental To Manchester United Victory Against Villarreal
At Old Trafford, we can attest to David De Dea's brilliant and wonderful performance for Manchester United against Spain's "yellow submarine." The Spaniard put on a ‘man of the match' performance to help United win after a tight and tense Champions League contest.
De Gea had 23 touches versus Villarreal, and curiously, he attempted 14 passes, with 14 of them being completed. The world-class goalkeeper faced seven shots within the penalty area and expertly stopped six of them.
David de Gea put in a masterful performance for Manchester United, and his importance in the Red Devils' 2-1 comeback victory over Villarreal cannot be emphasized (De Gea is world-class).
2. Manchester United's Second Half Subs Put Villarreal On The Back Foot (Matic, Cavani, Lingard & Fred).
In terms of tactics, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves credit for Manchester United's remarkable victory over Unai Emery's side. After a tense match at Old Trafford, Solskjaer demonstrates his tactical nous by suffocating Villarreal. Manchester United's first-half performance was far from impressive, with the Red Devils failing to register a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.
Manchester United needed subs who could press Villarreal high and low, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got away with it in the second half by twerking his game plan. The gaffer made a very good and beneficial choice, which ultimately resulted in a victory for the home team. After seeing that Manchester United needed to keep Villarreal in the middle region and defend them accurately, Solskjaer substituted Nemanji Matic for Jadon Sancho in the 75th minute, and the Serbian delivered a magnificent performance.
Edinson Cavani replaced Paul Pogba in the attack, adding to Cristiano Ronaldo's threat against Villarreal. Edison Cavani was moved to the no.9 position, putting additional pressure on Unai Emery's defense, while Cristiano Ronaldo was moved to the offensive wing, putting even more pressure on Villarreal. Solskjaer was upbeat and needed someone to help Mctominay and Matic in midfield, so he brought in Fred, who was arguably a game changer for the Red Devils. Manchester United's midfield duo of Fred and Mctominay discovered the light of day, as Villarreal were unable to simply defeat Manchester United's midfield.
Jesse Lingard entered the game and immediately made an impression. Lingard's debut in the game became the buzz of the town after he produced a brilliant assist to Cristiano Ronaldo, who hit the ball past Gerónimo Rulli in the visitors' goal. In the second half, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did everything right with his replacements and, curiously, won the game from behind.
Manchester United's players were perhaps brilliant against Villarreal, putting on a world-class display from a team with a winning mentality that never stops fighting until the end. After five matches in European competition, United triumphed for the first time against Villarreal.
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