Manchester United's comeback win at Juventus evokes memories of Alex Ferguson era

Michael Ballack Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho was at his belligerent best on Tuesday, taunting Juventus fans with a hand contemptuously cupped to his ear after his Manchester United side's come-from-behind 2-1 UEFA Champions League victory in Turin.

Unbeaten in all competitions so far in 2018-19, Juve looked set for yet another win when Cristiano Ronaldo sent them ahead in the second half against struggling United.

The familiar swagger and glint in the eye, that have been missing for so much of his turbulent Manchester United tenure, have all returned.

Juventus, which was the only team in the Champions League still with a flawless record, remained top of Group H but is only two points ahead of United.

Paul Pogba really wanted to own the stage back on his old turf with United against Juventus, but he went missing again Wednesday night.

"I was very pleased to score my first Champions League goal for Juventus, but we're in good shape". "And especially there is always a lot of negative comments about us but hopefully they might say something positive for once, because I think we deserve it, the team deserve it, the manager deserves it for getting this fantastic result".

And, if you can come to Allianz Stadium and take three points from a team as good as Juve, then you have done something right.

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Something appears to have clicked at United recently. His late involvement in Sandro's own-goal victor for United wasn't enough to make Pogba stand out.

Alexis Sanchez has been a major disappointment in a Manchester United shirt since arriving from Arsenal in January, with not even his staunchest supporter able to suggest any different.

This time he had another win to celebrate, after watching his team fight back from Cristiano Ronaldo's spectacular opening goal.

"And it is a great joy for me because we won against a super team, and not because they are the enemy of Inter".

"The substitutions, Jose's got to take huge credit. I wouldn't say it's easier to prepare for it, but you feel ready to face it".

And it was United's smiling players who left Turin for the flight back to Manchester with three points as their fans mixed the United anthem "We'll Never Die" with "Do, do, do, Marouanne Fellaini".

It was the eighth goal this season for the 33-year-old Ronaldo who arrived from Real Madrid in July in a deal estimated to cost 340 million euros in total over four years, on top of the 110 million-euro transfer fee. "Here [in Turin], we were lucky to win in the last minute, against Chelsea we were unlucky not to win in last minute", Mourinho added.

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