It’s been a season of struggle so far for Manchester United, but this is undoubtedly the highlight of their season to this point.
This away win over Juventus in the Champions League is also one of the best moments in Jose Mourinho’s tenure at the club.
United were negative for the most part, looking content to secure a draw having lost the return leg at home to one of Europe’s best sides.
Paulo Dybala and Sami Khedira both hit the post with fine strikes, and United, with Alexis Sanchez up-front, couldn’t match them in the attacking department.
United’s lethargic nature in that area of the pitch was punished after the hour mark, as former United star Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up with yet another wonderful strike to add to the plethora he has scored in this competition.
Now forced to chase the game, United finally opened up, and through allowing the likes of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to take the ball and risk running at players, the away side were rewarded for their initiative.
Substitute Juan Mata scored a superb free kick within minutes of coming on. Keeper Wojciech Szczęsny just stepped to the left at the wrong time, leaving him unable to stop a strike which wasn’t quite top corner.
An emboldened United continued to force the issue, and another free kick would prove to be Juve’s undoing.
Ashley Young whipped a ball into the box, and this time more blame could be applied to Szczesny, who palmed the ball into multiple players from both sides, with the ball eventually going in off of the unfortunate Alex Sandro.
Marcus Rashford had a good chance to put the game to bed in added time, but went for placement over power. Nonetheless, it was good enough for what looked like a very unlikely three points, and no-one was more relieved than Mourinho, who wound up Leonardo Bonucci with his reaction after the final whistle.
United are now second in group H, two behind Juventus, and crucially two ahead of Valencia.