Champions League: Alexis Sanchez Gives Manchester United Options At Juventus
- Author: Julie Sanders Nov 06, 2018,
Nov 06, 2018, 11:55
"He's also a big lad who can get in the box".
Darren Fletcher was a guest pundit on tonight's Monday Night Football coverage of Huddersfield and Fulham, and the Scot impressed many with his punditry work. "We have to be capable of grinding out 1-0 wins too", Juventus coach.
"So I would like to see pace on the counter-attack". As games are getting tougher and tougher - I think they're closer than ever - it is often coming down to fine margins.
Anthony Martial's earlier goal, his fifth from those same four games, had given them cause for encouragement towards the end of the first half, during which they fell behind with Callum Wilson's 11th-minute finish and were consistently put under pressure. "That's not enough, but I think that a lot of players in his team should really look in the mirror". Even against United, they gifted the opposition a lifeline and were fortunate to see Paul Pogba's effort slam back off the post to preserve their narrow lead. Matches against Chelsea, Manchester City and twice against Juventus were always going to be testing and demanding.
Paulo Dybala scored the only goal of the game as Juventus outclassed United at Old Trafford last month, but Smalling insists he and his teammates will arrive buoyed after recording another late win.
"You need to be able to bring other people into play, you need to be able to complement other players in your team, things have to be set up off you".
"It was a game plan, definitely, to sit deep, allow the opposition fans to create this feeling that they had to beat Manchester United and we just picked them off".
"I don't know but I know that Mourinho is doing his best", he said after United's win at Bournemouth. "They can not keep doing that", he added. Cristiano Ronaldo carried Juventus to victory in their last match, scoring two second-half goals en route to a 2-1 victory over Empoli.
Matuidi was also substituted during the Serie A game on Saturday after suffering a hip problem and the French global is also a doubt to face United having undergone treatment on the injury yesterday.
"Juve have shown they don't concede many goals and hopefully we can get on the front foot. Sometimes it is hard to go from that low block and being comfortable out of possession to being a real attacking force".
Rooney was United's all-time top goalscorer by the time he left to rejoin Everton in 2017, but Fletcher admits there was a concern one of Europe's top clubs would swoop in for him. Can this United do so on Sunday?