Highlights | Villarreal 0-2 Man United

Man United beat Villarreal to go through to knockout stages

Man United went into the game against Villarreal knowing a win would see them qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.

The trip to Spain was Michael Carrick’s first game in charge of the Red Devil’s.

It is believed that Carrick is standing in until a replacement for Solskjaer is being sort after.

Carrick knew going into the tie that if his side were to lose it would be catastrophic in their chances to progress in the competition.

Bruno Fernandes was dropped to the bench which gave Donny van de Beek a rare start.

The temporary boss went with a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Some would say it was brave given the style of play Villarreal inflict on teams.

The game had limited chances in the first half with the best chance falling to Scott McTominay.

Going into the second half, David de Gea kept United in the tie with several great saves.

Carrick made several changes throughout the half and it would appear the changes were made at the right time.

United took the lead in the 78th minute after Fred pounced on a mistake from the Villarreal keeper and played Ronaldo in on goal.

Villarreal 0-1 Man United

Ronaldo coolly finished by lifting the ball over the keepers head into an unguarded net.

The goal made Ronaldo the first player to score in the opening five Champions League games for an English club.

Jadon Sancho got his first goal for United with a brilliant finish in the 90th minute.

Sancho made it 0-2

Man of the match goes to Fred, he was magnificent in the middle of the park.

Credit must also be given to Michael Carrick, for the first time in along time United looked like they had a game plan.

Carrick kept it tight in midfield and defence for the first hour then brought subs on in order to attack in the remaining half hour.

Video: BT Sport

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