Cristiano Ronaldo’s last-minute winning goal aided Manchester United to seal the first win of this season's Champions League at Old Trafford. Manchester United enjoyed the most ball possession, but Villarreal produced greater opportunities during the contest. After two games, Atalanta rose to the top of Group F's points table with four points. Young Boys are now in second place with three points, ahead of Manchester United (3) and Villarreal (2). The match report of Man Utd vs. Villarreal is discussed in this article.
Match Report: Man Utd vs. Villarreal
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second Champions League goal of the season against Villarreal, and this time it wasn't in vain. Manchester United triumphed against their most difficult opponent in the group. After playing this match, Cristiano Ronaldo now has the most appearances (178) and goals (136) in UEFA Champions League history.
Manchester United's defense struggled to deal with Villarreal's well-organized counter-attack in the first half. Paco Alcacer, Pino, and Groeneveld had distressed the United defense throughout the match. They had several chances to equalize and should have scored two goals before halftime.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea had a busy time with the gloves. He made some routine saves, but they were fortunate not to concede any goals in the first half.
As the game progressed, Villarreal gained confidence and scored within the opening 10 minutes of the second half. Villarreal took the lead in the 53rd minute. Paco Alcacer guided the ball into the net upon receiving the ball from Danjuma's low cross inside the penalty area.
Manchester United players had shown desperation to equalize after conceding the goal and discarded the lead within 7 minutes. Full back Telles netted the crucial goal from outside the D-Box with a beautiful volley. United's Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes deserves applause for his brilliant cross ball to Telles, which made the task easy for the Brazilian left-back.