Hello and welcome to Villarreal v Manchester United!
Champions League / Group Stage
Estadio de la Cerámica / 23.11.2021
Anyhow, thanks for your company - ta-ra.
United are through to the last 16, and that's a very good effort, in the end. That defeat at Young Boys caused them grief, but they were solid and discipline tonight, all the things they've not been this season, and their attackers are good enough to score against anyone.
Full-time: Villarreal 0-2 Manchester United
Mata - remember him - replaces Sancho, who's been good - as he was, relatively speaking, at Watford.
United send on Matic for Ronaldo, who's earned a three-minute sit-down.
90’ - GOAL! Villarreal 0-2 Manchester United (Sancho) Again, Fred wins the ball, this time deep inside his own half, McTominay plays a fine ball into the channel where Ronaldo, out on the left moves it inside to Rashford. He goes on more to Bruno, who feeds Sancho, and what a strike, clattered high inside the near post and in off the bar! That's Sancho's first United goal and one that takes his new club into the knockouts!
United have seen this out really well...
Maybe they should give Carrick the job permanently - this is how this works, right?
Credit where it's due, Carrick has got his tactics right tonight - sort of. He planned, imagine, to keep it tight for an hour, then send on his best players. When he did, the game changed.
Ronaldo preys on weakness, he really does, and he reads Alibiol's weak back-header but can only get half of his foot around the ball, caressing just wide He's quite good, you know.
Villarreal send on Raba and for Estupinan.
GOAL! Villarreal 0-1 Manchester United (Ronaldo) OF COURSE IT'S HIM! Rulli rolls out to Capoue and Fred is onto him, dashing in to steal the ball - look what happens when you try to do stuff - and the challenge puts Ronaldo in! With Rulli way off his line, he instinctively knows to hoist the lob, and it's just an expert's finish! That's six in five Champions League games this season, with at least one in all of them! If United can hold out, they're through!
Excellent from Rashford out on the left, dipping inside Foyth to conjure a crossing angle, but Ronaldo and Fernandes are offside.
Fernandes presses and wins the ball back, allowing Ronaldo to find Rashford, whose low cross is kicked away by Torres. Momentum has shifted...
The substitutions have made a difference. Amazingly, United look better with their best players on the pitch.
Villarreal send on Chukwueze for Pino and Alberto Moreno for Trigueros.
Sancho drags the ball inside and finds Bruno then sets off into the box, where a perfect return-pass finds him! He skips inside his man and he's in! He's going to score his first United goal! But no! His low shot hits Rulli's leg and bounces away! Still, that's the best bit of play we've seen from either team tonight.
This is better from United - they're knocking the ball around and trying to build an attack.
United are pressing now, which might help them create something, but also might allow them to be passed around.
Maguire floats a fine ball over the top for Rashford, whose touch is loose, but the flag then goes up. Still, United at least had someone running in behind, which will give Villarreal something about which to think.