Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho score as United reach Champions League last 16
Late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho saw Manchester United win 2-0 at Villarreal in Michael Carrick’s first game in temporary charge, a result which sees the visitors progress to the last 16 of the Champions League.
Carrick made four changes from Saturday’s 4-1 mauling at Watford in what turned out to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last match as United manager – leaving Bruno Fernandes on the bench – but the visitors still struggled in the first half.
However, with the Group F contest seemingly petering out into a draw at El Madrigal, up popped Ronaldo to make the breakthrough with a brilliant piece of anticipation to nip in and score his sixth Champions League goal this season and his 10th overall.
Sancho’s emphatic finish sealed the victory in the 90th minute, after a well-worked team move, to hand United all three points and, as a result, they have qualified as group winners for the knockout phases with a game to spare, while Villarreal will have to fight it out with Atalanta, who drew 3-3 with Young Boys, for the runners-up spot.