An evening with a Wonderful atmosphere as fans at the Old Trafford were ready for the welcome of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese international was full of joy and smiles to see the cheering crowd at the place where he won his first Ballon D’or and UEFA Champions League. The theatre of dreams where he made his name.
Valencia had drawn with Young Boys in the early kick-off which means the Spanish outfit have (only) managed to get two points from a possible nine.
The Old Lady started pretty well and dominated the first half. 70% possession with numerous attempts and forcing David De Gea to make a string of fine saves, looked set for an evening Jose Mourinho wouldn’t have wanted.
Paulo Dybala’s fine strike in the box gave Juventus the lead in the 17th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo’s cross came off Juan Cuadrado, and fell to the Argentine who calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Few minutes later, Juventus won a free-kick few yards out, and Cristiano Ronaldo unleashed a fierce drive which forced De Gea into a brilliant save. Blaise Matuidi was first to the rebound but also couldn’t find a way past the Manchester United keeper.
Juventus had most of the ball in the first half, and this time, one of the main highlights of the game, Cristiano Ronaldo’s fine strike which was powerfully hit to find the top corner of the net but was fantastically saved by David De Gea. Surely one of the saves of the season as the Spaniard continued his personal duel with the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner
The second half was quite different, as Manchester United looked to get back into the game, but the English giants couldn’t find the back of the next. United were unlucky not to have equalised from a Paul Pogba effort which hit the woodwork – the closest they came – and what an evening it would have been if he had scored against his former team.
One for Cristiano Ronaldo to remember on his return to Old Trafford was at the end of the match, as Manchester United fans chanted, “Cristiano Ronaldo! Cristiano Ronaldo!! Cristiano Ronaldo!!!.” Goosebumps.
The win for Juventus means they sit comfortably in the top spot with a 100% record having won all three games in Group H, whilst United are second with four points, Valencia third with two points, and Young Boys sit bottom with a point.
The return leg would be played at Turin on the 7th of November, 2018. This time, it would be the homecoming of French star, Paul Pogba.