Michael Carrick’s first game in charge of Manchester United saw the caretaker boss lead the club into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night, his players securing a 2-0 win at Villarreal.
Former United midfielder Carrick replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the dugout following the Norwegian’s sacking on Sunday, and the team’s performance here was similar to many showings under their now-ex-coach; United were disjointed for much of the game, before Cristiano Ronaldo did what he has done so many times this season by scoring late on to break the deadlock. Jadon Sancho then netted his first goal in a United shirt in the final minute, sealing the victory and securing the Red Devils a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.
It is unclear how long Carrick will be in charge of United, with reports suggesting that the club’s hierarchy could appoint a different interim coach until the end of the season before seeking a permanent successor to Solskjaer. Mauricio Pochettino has been linked to United, with our own Melissa Reddy reporting that the PSG boss could leave his current side to move to Old Trafford before next summer. However, Pochettino insisted on Tuesday evening that he is “so happy” in Paris. Follow all the fallout from United’s win against Villarreal.
Chelsea run riot against Juventus in performance befitting of champions
Roman Abramovich was in London but couldn’t make Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, and he probably missed what he has most wanted during all his time at Chelsea.
This was a display entirely befitting of European champions, where they just motored over one of the continent’s biggest names in magnificent fashion. Even more pleasingly, the first three goals in this 4-0 win over Juventus were scored by different academy products - with the exceptional Reece James standing, or perhaps sprinting, given his energy, above all.
That was maybe what was most ominous for the rest of England, and Europe. Chelsea put in such a performance without Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and with N’Golo Kante having to go off before half-time.
Chelsea 4-0 Juventus: Reece James scored the pick of the goals as the Blues’ steamrolled one of Europe’s biggest names in magnificent style
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Chelsea vs Juventus: Five things we learned as injuries undercut Blues’ dazzling Champions League win
Unfortunately for the Blues coach, N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell left the pitch due to injury, but there were still far more positives than negatives for the German to take away from this game.
Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kante were forced to exit early, but Trevoh Chalobah and Reece James thrived for the Blues in their 4-0 group-stage victory
Elsewhere in the Champions League
There were three late goals in Switzerland, where Atalanta led 2-1 against Young Boys, fell 3-2 behind before coming back to draw 3-3, meaning that not only have Manchester United qualified for the last-16 - with their 2-0 win over Villarreal - but they also can’t be caught at the top Group F.
Chelsea vs Juventus: Player ratings as Thomas Tuchel’s side produce epic Champions League performance
Chelsea 4-0 Juventus: Reece James produced a sensational display as Thomas Tuchel’s side moved top of their Champions League group and qualified for the last 16
Chelsea 4 - 0 Juventus
A little record for Chelsea who had three English players score in the same Champions League match for the first time:
Chelsea 4 - 0 Juventus
Second half goals for Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Timo Werner top off a brilliant night for Chelsea. Their only downside being an injury to Ben Chilwell.
Full-time: Chelsea 4 - 0 Juventus
90+6 mins: Chelsea win! They join Manchester United and Liverpool as English teams in the Champions League last-16. They also have a healthy goal difference cushion over Juventus at the top of Group H and will finish top the group if they better Juve’s result in the final group game.
Job done for Thomas Tuchel’s men. A confident and comfortably victory for the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
GOAL! Chelsea 4 - 0 Juventus (Werner, 90+5’)⚽️
90+5 mins: Icing on the cake! Reece James floats a diagonal ball over to Hakim Ziyech on the left wing and Juan Cuadrado fumbles the ball when he tries to bring it down. Ziyech jumps onto it and slots and simple pass into the six-yard box where Timo Werner pops up and taps in from close range.
Chelsea 3 - 0 Juventus
90+2 mins: Moise Kean makes a good run through the final third and shoots when he gets to the edge of the ‘D’ but his effort is soft and he pulls it wide of the right-hand post.
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