Level on points atop Group F, Manchester United made the trip to Villarreal for their UEFA Champions League matchday-five encounter on Tuesday night.
Manchester United’s interim manager Michael Carrick took charge of the team for the first time. He hoped to bring some positivity back to the club after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal.
Playing at home, Villarreal dominated proceedings early on. They kept hold of the ball better, passed it around nicely and created more chances. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United, on the other hand, were struggling to find their footing.
David de Gea was called into action by Manu Trigueros in the 27th minute, but the Spaniard passed the test with flying colors.
A couple of minutes later, Ronaldo registered Manchester United’s first shot on target, but could not trouble the keeper.
In the 58th minute, Trigueros came again, this time with an even better effort. De Gea produced the save of the match to deny the Spanish forward.
Then, in the 78th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo came up with the opener for Manchester United, chipping the ball over the head of the Villarreal keeper.
Finally, in the 90th minute, Jadon Sancho netted United’s second, capping off an eventful night at Villarreal.
With the win, Manchester United secured Champions League round-of-16 football with a match still to play. Here are the top five standout performers from Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Villarreal: