Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho fired Manchester United into the Champions League knockout stages on Tuesday evening.
Michael Carrick looked to keep his side compact and, for large parts, it worked against Unai Emery’s team.
Ronaldo scored his fifth goal of this group stage and 140th overall in the competition, adjusted his feet and lobbing the goalkeeper with a first-time effort in the 78th minute after Fred won the ball back high up the field.
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Jadon Sancho then scored his first goal since his $100 million move to United, firing in off the underside of the crossbar in the 90th minute at the end of a sweeping counterattack that used to be a feature of the team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Villarreal vs Manchester United Line-up
Villarreal XI: Rulli, Foyth, Albiol, P Torres, Estupinan, Parejo, Capoue, Trigueros, Gomez, Danjuma, Pino
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Telles, Maguire, Lindelof, Fred, McTominay, Van de Beek, Martial, Sancho, Ronaldo.
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