Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16

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Jadon Sancho’s first goal for Manchester United came in his 15th match in all competitions

Manchester United moved into the Champions League last 16 thanks to two late goals against Villarreal in Michael Carrick’s first game as caretaker manager.

Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his record of scoring in every game in this season’s competition when he lifted the ball over goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in the 78th minute, after Fred had dispossessed Etienne Capoue.

Jadon Sancho then sealed the victory in injury time, blasting a shot that went in off the underside of the crossbar.

United, who sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, are top of Group F with one round of matches left.

However, they were indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea as he produced two superb one-handed saves, one in each half, to keep out well-struck efforts from Manu Trigueros when it was goalless.

United will be guaranteed to progress as group winners with a game to spare if Atalanta fail to win away at Swiss side Young Boys in the later game on Tuesday.

Man Utd win to lift the gloom

The result delighted United’s travelling fans, with Carrick hugging his players at the final whistle as some of the gloom over the club lifted.

A bad run of form has left them eighth in the Premier League, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, with Solskjaer’s three years in charge coming to an end after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat by Watford on Saturday.

Carrick, Solskjaer’s assistant, said on Monday he was not thinking about a chance to impress and earn the role on a full-time basis.

Before the game in Spain, former team-mate Paul Scholes, now a BT Sport pundit, was scathing of Carrick and fellow coaches Kieran McKenna and Mike Phelan, saying: “I would be embarrassed being on the staff now.

“They all should have gone – sacked or gone off their own back. They have let the club down as much as Ole has.”

United have said they are looking to appoint an interim boss until the end of the 2021-22 campaign before potentially hiring a full-time manager after that.

Earlier on Tuesday, former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he was “so happy” at current club Paris St-Germain and that he would not be distracted by links to the United job.

During the match, it was revealed former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde had been contacted about the role of interim manager.

However, despite the off-field distractions and criticism, United secured their first clean sheet in 15 matches – only their second of the season – and whoever takes over will have Champions League football to look forward to in February.

Ronaldo again gets his side out of trouble

Solskjaer scored the winning goal for United in the 1999 Champions League final and, despite losing his job, remains a club legend and was still sung about by their fans.

Without him, Carrick made four changes from the 11 that began the loss to Watford, as Donny van de Beek was handed his first start in two months and Bruno Fernandes dropped to the bench.

Villarreal, managed by ex-Arsenal boss Unai Emery, are 12th in La Liga, having only won three of 13 domestic league matches, but were the better side in the first half and start of the second.

In a repeat of last season’s Europa League final, which Villarreal won 11-10 on penalties in Solskjaer’s solitary final as United boss, the hosts had good chances to take the lead.

Yeremi Pino fired into the side netting, Trigueros twice forced excellent one-handed saves from De Gea and Arnaut Danjuma twice shot over the bar as United came under pressure.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six of Manchester United’s 10 Champions League goals this season

But Ronaldo, whose 95th-minute goal gave United a 2-1 win against Villarreal in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in September, again made the difference with his sixth goal of this season’s competition.

Rulli’s clearance found Capoue, but the former Tottenham and Watford midfielder lost the ball to Fred, and it then fell to Ronaldo, who quickly lifted it over Rulli for United’s first.

Fred was again involved in United’s second goal as he began the move, which also included substitutes Marcus Rashford and Fernandes, with the ball ending up at Sancho’s feet.

The England international struck powerfully past Rulli for his first goal since his £73m summer move from Borussia Dortmund to clinch the victory and a last-16 place.

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Player of the match

de GeaDavid de Gea

with an average of 7.81

Villarreal

  1. Squad number13Player nameRulli

    Average rating

    5.64

  2. Squad number8Player nameFoyth

    Average rating

    5.58

  3. Squad number4Player nameTorres

    Average rating

    5.55

  4. Squad number3Player nameAlbiol

    Average rating

    5.49

  5. Squad number5Player nameParejo

    Average rating

    5.39

  6. Squad number21Player namePino

    Average rating

    5.37

  7. Squad number15Player nameDanjuma

    Average rating

    5.33

  8. Squad number12Player nameEstupiñán

    Average rating

    5.32

  9. Squad number6Player nameCapoue

    Average rating

    5.32

  10. Squad number14Player nameManu Trigueros

    Average rating

    5.29

  11. Squad number23Player nameMoi Gómez

    Average rating

    5.20

  12. Squad number11Player nameChukwueze

    Average rating

    4.92

  13. Squad number16Player nameDia

    Average rating

    4.74

  14. Squad number18Player nameMoreno

    Average rating

    4.56

    , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News
  15. Squad number17Player nameDani Raba

    Average rating

    4.56

Manchester United

  1. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number1Player namede Gea
    Average rating

    7.81

  2. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number7Player nameCristiano Ronaldo
    Average rating

    7.71

  3. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number25Player nameSancho
    Average rating

    7.63

  4. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number18Player nameBruno Fernandes
    Average rating

    7.29

  5. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number10Player nameRashford
    Average rating

    7.11

  6. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number34Player namevan de Beek
    Average rating

    6.83

  7. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number17Player nameFred
    Average rating

    6.35

  8. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number2Player nameLindelöf
    Average rating

    6.08

  9. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number39Player nameMcTominay
    Average rating

    6.08

  10. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number27Player nameAlex Telles
  11. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number29Player nameWan-Bissaka
    Average rating

    5.99

  12. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number8Player nameMata
    Average rating

    5.88

  13. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number31Player nameMatic
    Average rating

    5.72

  14. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number9Player nameMartial
    Average rating

    5.30

  15. , Managerless Man Utd beat Villarreal to reach Champions League last 16, The Evepost BBC News Squad number5Player nameMaguire
    Average rating

    5.08

Line-ups

Villarreal

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Rulli
  • 8Foyth
  • 3Albiol
  • 4Torres
  • 12EstupiñánSubstituted forRaba Antolínat 79′minutes
  • 21PinoBooked at 33minsSubstituted forChukwuezeat 73′minutes
  • 6Capoue
  • 5Parejo
  • 23Gómez BardonadoSubstituted forDiaat 85′minutes
  • 14Trigueros MuñozSubstituted forMorenoat 73′minutes
  • 15Danjuma

Substitutes

  • 1Asenjo
  • 2Pérez Martínez
  • 9Alcácer
  • 10Iborra
  • 11Chukwueze
  • 16Dia
  • 17Raba Antolín
  • 18Moreno
  • 20Peña
  • 22Mandi
  • 24Pedraza
  • 31Álvarez de Eulate Molne

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 27Telles
  • 17Fred
  • 39McTominay
  • 25SanchoSubstituted forMataat 90+3′minutes
  • 34van de BeekBooked at 41minsSubstituted forBruno Fernandesat 66′minutes
  • 9MartialSubstituted forRashfordat 66′minutes
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forMaticat 90+1′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bailly
  • 8Mata
  • 10Rashford
  • 14Lingard
  • 16Diallo
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 20Dalot
  • 22Heaton
  • 26Henderson
  • 31Matic

Referee:
Dr. Felix Brych

Attendance:
20,875

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Villarreal 0, Manchester United 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Villarreal 0, Manchester United 2.

  3. Substitution, Manchester United. Juan Mata replaces Jadon Sancho.

  4. Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Juan Foyth.

  5. Substitution, Manchester United. Nemanja Matic replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.

  6. Goal! Villarreal 0, Manchester United 2. Jadon Sancho (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes following a fast break.

  7. Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Pau Torres.

  8. Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Pau Torres.

  9. Attempt blocked. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Gerónimo Rulli.

  11. Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

  12. Substitution, Villarreal. Boulaye Dia replaces Moi Gómez.

  13. Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  14. Attempt missed. Etienne Capoue (Villarreal) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alberto Moreno with a cross following a corner.

  15. Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Scott McTominay.

  16. Attempt blocked. Fred (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Juan Foyth.

  18. Foul by Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal).

  19. Fred (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution, Villarreal. Dani Raba replaces Pervis Estupiñán.

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