Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini’s injury-time winner gave the side a dramatic victory over Young Boys in the Champions League. The victory sent the Reds to the round of 16 alongside Juventus from Group H.
United had the perfect start in terms of intensity and getting the chances coming in, but early on, within 5 minutes, Marcus Rashford missed a sitter after being one-one-one with the opposition goalie. Chances kept coming for the hosts, but they kept missing them all the same.
There were many half-chances, as manager Jose Mourinho pointed out in his post-match conference. It was during injury-time that Fellaini scored the winner and brought some respite for one and all.
It was their first goal at Old Trafford in Europe this season, and Jose’s frustrated celebration of smashing water bottles into the ground highlighted the mood.
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Fellaini collected Romelu Lukaku’s flick in the box from a Luke Shaw pass to fire it into the bottom corner. After full-time whistle, Jose, in his conference, had a message for some of his ‘lovers’.
He said: “For some of my lovers, I just want to say: for the ones that like stats, 14 times in the Champions League, 14 times qualified through the group phases.
“Never one of my teams stayed in the group phase. The seasons I didn’t play in the Champions League, I won the Europa League.”
Jose was also asked on Rashford’s miss, and he highlighted his views by defending the youngster, and stating that he wasn’t the only player to be blamed. He added that he was happy with the intensity, despite looking dejected when the massive opportunity was missed.
The Portuguese tactician also admitted that his side missed too many chances, which made life difficult. He did reserve special praise for the phenomenal David de Gea for making a stunning save.