Man Utd boss Mourinho: No defending Ronaldo wonder goal

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Nobody was expecting that scoreline.

It didn't take a lot to convince Ashley Young.

But United are no slouches in Turin. Well they would not just be my favourites for the Premier League, they are favourites for the Champions League too.

United have started playing better under Jose Mourinho lately, winning three of their last four games and picking up 10 points.

United's win over Juventus comes as a big boost ahead of the weekend's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

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When Juan Mata's free-kick curled over an unusually disorganised Juventus wall and past Wojciech Szczesny after 86 minutes, Massimiliano's Allegri's side were stunned. They bought that player (Ronaldo), they want to win everything, they can win everything and we are a team where numerous players didn't play big matches like this in the Champions League. "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.

DF Victor Lindelof, 6 - courageous block from a Ronaldo shot early on but lost him when Leonardo Bonucci floated a ball over the top to allow the former United man to smash Juventus into the lead. Juventus' defense will again be hard for United to play against.

United's players sprinted towards their manager in delight. United had faced the likely and awkward prospect of going to Valencia for their final group game next month and needing either to avoid defeat or win. "I am really proud of my boys because they did everything".

The 33-year-old appeared to have been overtaken by his emotions, but quickly raised a hand to apologise to the travelling United fans for celebrating the goal against them. They had chances but in the second half it was a fantastic goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I came here to do my job and I was insulted for 90 minutes, " Mourinho said. "It's a great team spirit".

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"We carried on, we pushed and we know that we can be unsafe on free-kicks because they defend very well".

Paul Pogba's return did not quite go so well against his former club and he again struggled to show his best form. Mourinho's men are sitting at the seventh spot on the league table, nine points behind leaders and cross-town rivals, Manchester City.

Goaded by the home fans throughout, he reacted at the end by surging on to the field and cupping his ear to the home supporters before being led off the field. United's man in form and their most risky forward again.

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo played down the significance of his team's loss to Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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