What Mourinho Did After Juan Mata’s Freekick Against Juventus

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Conceding first might not be a bad thing for Jose Mourinho at the moment. The Red Devils have made it a habit to come from behind and seal victories over the past couple of weeks.

Manchester United were up against the mighty Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday, wherein they picked up a shock 2-1 victory.

The visitors were outclassed by the Serie A titleholders when they had travelled to Old Trafford on the previous game-day, and another defeat would have left the English giants in a tough position to qualify for the Round of 16.

Mourinho’s men had a great first half in Turin, managing to hold on to a 0-0 scoreline until the break. But Cristiano Ronaldo latched onto a great pass from Bonucci to put Juventus in the lead with 20 minutes left on the clock.

The Bianconeri seemed to be cracking up in the dying minutes of the fixture, and conceded a dangerous free-kick with four minutes remaining. Juan Mata rose to the occasion and scored a wonderful goal to restore parity for the visitors.

Whilst the Manchester United players celebrated wildly, Jose Mourinho was busy plotting for the killer blow. The United gaffer got hold of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini, sending them some instructions to find the winner.

And the plan evidently worked, as the midfield duo was very much involved in bagging the winner. In the 90th minute, Ashley Young’s free-kick caused havoc, and Alex Sandro put the ball into his own net.

The Reds orchestrated a wonderful result, which could be the turning point for their current season. Mourinho will be hoping to use this confidence booster to pick up the three points in this weekend’s Manchester Derby.