The last time Manchester United tasted defeat in the hands of Juventus was in 2011 in a friendly match. Now I will not take you far back to 1999, the second leg of a Champions League semi-final tie and arguably United’s best performance ever at that stage of the tournament. The first leg had ended 1-1 at Old Trafford and Manchester United had to do the impossible in Turin, beat a team that comprised of Zinedine Zidane, former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, Filipo “Super Pippo” Inzaghi, Angelo Di Livio, Edgar Davids and current French coach Didier Deschamps. That was the night my respect for then United skipper Roy Keane grew, he played his heart out and despite knowing he would miss the final due to suspension he wasn’t deterred. Did I just take you down memory lane? My bad.
I was sincerely hoping for a draw against Juventus last night, we have not been a great side this term as I have been saying in posts past. Cristiano Ronaldo was coming back to face the team that molded him on the path of being a superstar. Mixed feelings for me but scratch the thoughts of wanting a draw, a Manchester United win would have been the best way to end the night and we all know Juventus was always going to make it through even if they lost.
A few friends buzzed me to ask which of the teams I would be supporting because they know I also like Juventus, I never fail to point out Manchester United as my primary team.
The game was settled in the first half when Paulo Dybala (a player after my heart) bagged a goal for the Old Lady of Turin in the 17th minute. The game wore on and chances created but none taken afterwards. As they had done in the past couple of games, United only played well in the second half.
A painful loss for me but we were not better than Juventus, if not we would have scored more goals.
United remain second behind Juventus who have won all of their 3 games (9 points) in the group so far, but are level on points (4) with Valencia. Young boys are bottom of Group H with a point.
Thanks for your time guys, up next for my darling United is Everton on Sunday !!!!