Manchester United have progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League after a 2-0 win at Villarreal, with Michael Carrick’s caretaker stint ending in a morale-boosting victory.
The former United midfielder has taken temporary charge of the side following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking and guided United to a crucial three points in Spain.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave United the lead with roughly 20 minutes remaining on the clock as the Portuguese superstar capitalised on a fatal error from the Villarreal backline.
Jadon Sancho has struggled in his first few months at the club but looks to have put those woes behind him. The 21-year-old was one of United’s best players against Watford last weekend and had now ended his goal drought.
Sancho made sure there wasn’t a nervy finale to the game as he found the top corner with a sumptuous strike in the closing exchanges, sending some fans on social media into a frenzy, as seen below.
The league ain't ready Sancho. He has arrived
— Gunwood (@deus_mudaki) November 23, 2021
Sancho been getting better each game I been clocking it, found himself tonight
— RemLuca (@RemLuca) November 23, 2021
Sancho was so good today
— Matt (@UtdKwolz) November 23, 2021
De Gea or Sancho man of the match for me
— Dara 🇮🇪 (@Dara_MUFC) November 23, 2021
Sancho is the best player in the world
— Bill (@Billypotter14) November 23, 2021
— PT.k (@eLonNuts) November 23, 2021
So happy for Sancho.
— Kalamity (@SimpleKuda) November 23, 2021
— Jude Bellingham (@BellinghamJude) November 23, 2021
The 21-year-old will be hoping that the goal against Villarreal is the first of many as he sets his sights on a productive period for his club.
On the managerial front, Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a mid-season move to the club but the Argentinian distanced himself from those claims earlier on Tuesday.