Juventus vs. Manchester United - Football Match Report

United have had the fewest 10+ pass sequences of any of the big six teams

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Under pressure following a series of dismal performances, Manchester United Jose Mourinho pulled off a hugely important 2-1 away victory at Juventus reminiscent of his past as the "Special One" that gives United a huge boost ahead of the Manchester derby at the weekend. They nearly let United back into it at Old Trafford after switching off and this time they were punished for missing gilt-edge chances by a cynical away side.

Like most foes who go to Juventus, United had been outplayed, but they still played well enough to stay in the game as Rodrigo Betancur, a 21-year-old midfielder who cost only €9 million (Dh37.75m), impressed as much as he had at Old Trafford.

The celebration unfrotunately did not match up to the goal; after netting the opener, 5-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo then wheeled away to celebrate simply by lifting up his shirt to reveal his chiselled six-pack to the crowd.

Mourinho had to be escorted off the pitch Wednesday (NZT Thursday) after celebrating his side's 2-1 comeback win over the Italian side in the Champions League by cupping his hand to his ear to the crowd after the final whistle. They have fantastic players and are a top team but we're going back to Manchester with three points. Martial has scored five goals in the last four games for United. I have always felt it is better to lose earlier on in the season than at the end of a title race, because you have time to find the fire to win again and catch up.

Allegri was asked if he would have reacted similarly to Mourinho.

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It's unclear exactly what was said, but it's clear he was provoked. "This is something more I wanted to hear them make comments again or not".

The Portuguese superstar immediately ran to the corner flag, lifted up his shirt and pointed at his impressive stomach muscles. Since United won 3-0 in Turin in the second group stage in February 2003, Juventus have lost just one of their 35 home Champions League matches in the group stages.

The turnaround began when Juan Mata scored from a free kick four minutes from full-time, having been brought on as a substitute by Jose Mourinho in the 79th minute.

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