As it happened: Dybala goal enough as Juventus beat Manchester United
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As it happened: Dybala goal enough as Juventus beat Manchester United

Matchday live text commentary blog from Old Trafford as Manchester United face Juventus in the Champions League, Oliver Miller reports

Oliver Miller
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That's all from Old Trafford as Juventus beat Manchester United in the Champions League by a single goal. United will most likely now need to win in Valencia to progress, but tonight's performance will be seen as a disappointment. Plenty to talk (and type) about in the coming days on VAVEL UK, make sure that you check out all of our post-match analysis pieces. Thanks once again for your company and hope to join you again soon.

Full Time Analysis
In the end, Juventus will take the one goal win most certainly, but their domination deserved a more convincing scoreline. They were a class above their opponents for the entire match and although clear chances were not in abundance, there was clear showings of the Bianconeri's intricate attacking play with a heavy emphasis on using width with the high full-backs.

United struggled to get close to their visitors in the opening half, however, they did improve after the break. Lukaku, Martial and Rashford couldn't find any room around the Juventus area and the gap between them and the midfield was often too large. What perhaps was most concerning was United's lack of intensity - the hosts lacked an aggression that I assume their fans were expecting when travelling here this evening.

90'+3 Full Time
The final whistle is blown and a deserved win for Juventus, they were far superior in the first half and despite United were improved in the second half, they struggled to trouble their visitors.
United's hopes of scoring a late equaliser are disappearing. Juventus have managed this final period expertly. Rashford receives a slight nudge from Barzagli in the penalty area but no penalty says the referee.
There will be three added minutes at the end of the second half.
Head tennis in the United area, but in the play that follows Bonucci strikes a fierce shot from outside the area with virtually no backlift, it sails over the crossbar. Ball down the other end and Martial shoots tamely right down the throat of the goalkeeper. 
86' Juventus substitution
Douglas Costa is coming on for Cancelo who has been excellent.
The referee's whistle is becoming a little too frequent now, there are stoppages after stoppages. United manage to speed the play up though, exploiting the space in midfield afforded by Juve's second substitution. Lukaku is holding the ball up reasonably well, but he now has five defenders to beat rather than four. Ronaldo handballs midway in his own half - free kick to United. Matic heads the ball straight at Szczesny and United's awful set-pieces continue.
81' Juventus substitution
Barzagli comes on for Cuadrado - an defender for an attacker; a sign of how Allegri wants the last 10 minutes or so to be played.
Juve are starting to dish out the fouls. The pace has slowed and another Bianconeri defender is about to come on. United's boat may have sailed.
78' Juventus substitution
What was I saying about subs... Dybala goes off for Bernardeschi
Pogba strikes the post from the edge of the area! Szczesny was beaten and that is the closest that United have come by some distance. My head is increasing turned towards the Juventus area, United are beginning to build up a head-of-steam.
United win the ball and slowly move up the pitch - the crowd are getting a little tired of this now. Martial loses the ball to Cuadrado, wants a free-kick, and instead of trying to win it back he moans about it. Still no signs of any substitutes. 
It's becoming too easy again for Juventus to pass the ball in United's defensive third of the pitch. They are managing this game very well and passing with neat one-twos.
Interplay between Dybala and Ronaldo on the edge of the area almost sees them past a posse of United defenders but it all ends it knots ... and a free-kick to the hosts.
Goodness gracious! Chris Smalling of all people is charging into the Juventus area, he plays the ball square but there are no attackers there to apply a goal-bound touch. I think a change is needed from Mourinho up top, there's 25 minutes left and United need to gamble a bit more now.
With the scoreline still at 0-1 it only takes a half-chance for United to be back in this match. They are pushing further forward, but chances are not coming their way. In other news, the referee seems to be alright; thus no need for an announcement over the tannoy for any part-time refs to make their way to the dugout.
Matuidi has given away a foul far on the right side, he has brought down Young who showed determination when trying to reach the ball. It has certainly given the crowd something to grasp onto as a source of grit and aggression. The free kick though is wasted, and once against United have given away possession... as you were.
A first glimpse of Cancelo's defensive qualities as he heads the ball away from danger in the Juventus area. The balance that the visitors are showing is really impressive. The movement of the front three is something to behold. Anyone who has recently claimed that Juventus are a 'defensive side' are being well and truly shown otherwise this evening.
The corner comes to nothing, but moments later Ronaldo tests De Gea once more. Cuadrado laid him off and CR7 ran onto the ball and struck it sweetly towards the top corner but the United goalkeeper managed to get an outstretched hand to it. Good shot, good save.
Matuidi goes past Young too easily then sends a ball through Smalling's legs, Lindelof intercepts and sends it out for a corner. Meanwhile referee Mazic is doing some stretches, it appears he may have pulled something. We'll keep an eye on that one.
Man Utd have started on the front foot, but soon enough Juventus are back in control. United win the ball back though and counter, Martial is honing in on the Juventus goal but in comes Bonucci with a well-timed tackled to take the ball away from the Frenchman. A positive start from the hosts.
45' Kickoff
We are back underway as Juventus kickoff. Oh hang on, we are waiting for someone. Here comes Lukaku, now we can restart.
Half Time Analysis
That was most certainly Juventus' half, they were utterly dominant and their approach must be commended. They played with so much space and freedom and yet were tight and assured. Full-backs Cancelo and Alex Sandro were key in spreading the play and stretched the United defence. The hosts were very much second best and didn't not show enough aggression from the start. When they did have the ball they were not decisive enough and struggled to make much headway. The lead really should be greater.
45' Half Time
There is to be no added time. The half finishes only 0-1 despite Juventus dominating much of the match thus far.
Cancelo almost got the better of Lindelof in the inside channel but the United defender managed to holt the full-back in his steps. There a whistles around the stadium for some reason, it sound like someone's brought their pet budgies in with them.
The long balls that Juventus centre backs and full backs are striking from one flank to another are inch perfect. The control by the receivers isn't too bad either. It is clear that Juve are trying to stretch United both in defence and midfield. Dybala manufactures some space just outside of the United area and swings a low curling shot just wide of De Gea's right post. The Juve striker has had a good half of football.
That period of pressure from United has woken up the crowd who had watched their side defend for the opening 30 minutes. The pace of both teams attackers is a concern for both defences. Juventus break down the left with Ronaldo and another free kick comes from a foul. Ronaldo steps up for a free kick at Old Trafford once again. He fires it in his usual grandiose manner and De Gea can only punch it out such was the power.
United have a rare spell of possession close to the visitors' area. Rashford is leading the way, he is getting the crowd more enthused. Smalling has a chance from a corner kick but cannot get enough force behind his header. The threat of Juventus on the break is just as evident as when they are in possession, United need to beware not to encourage their visitors.
Another lovely ball forward from Bonucci towards Cancelo who is loving his time on the left side. The Portuguese plays the ball to Dybala who wins a corner for his side. Bentancur get his head on it but cannot find the target. United look shaky at set-pieces. The movement of Juve's front attackers is causing them all sorts of problems.
The pace of the game has dropped with Juventus dictating terms. It is pass and move in the Juve groove. Suddenly Cuadrado finds himself with space and enters the United area with pace but cannot create a meaningful goal attempt.
There is plenty of noise coming from the travelling supporters from Turin. United need to get more aggressive and press more vigorously, they are set in a 4-4-2 and are struggling to get close to any black and white shirts.
Good save from De Gea. Once again Juventus are allowed to easily progress into the United area but Spain's No.1 pounces to his left to punch away Cancelo's shot.
Juventus are controlling the game at the moment, the defence look sturdy and confident. Both full-backs are giving options on either flank and forcing United to camp in their own half. Ronaldo is moving all over the place, wherever there is space. Currently the visitors are managing possession of about 72%.
17' Goal! Man United 0-1 Juventus (Dybala)
Ronaldo turns provider, passing the ball into the area from the right. Cuadrado stumbles with the ball at his feet but it falls for the Argentine who is unmarked to slot it into the net.
Pogba heads United's first chance on target - it was a tough chance as he had to bend backwards to get a purchase on the ball but it was a relatively easy catch for Szczesny.
United are rushing things slightly when they are in possession, Juventus are more assured and confident on the ball. That might be down to the space that United are affording them, there is little pressing and possibly a bit too much respect at the moment.
Good chance for Juventus, Cuadrado dinks a lovely ball into the penalty area from the left side but Dybala cannot take advantage of some slack defending from Lindelof as the ball sails past him.
Intricate play in the centre of the pitch by the visitors, Ronaldo is fouled and wins a free-kick around 40 yards out from goal. Pjanic overhits it and it drifts over everyone in the United area, that was partly due to the high line that the hosts held.
Juventus are moving the ball well. Bonucci has played one or two inch perfect long balls. The game is quite open and they are spaces for both teams to exploit.
The free kick is easily plucked out of the air by the tall Szczesny. As anticipated, Mata is going to be closely monitoring the movements of Pjanic in the centre of the Juventus midfield, just like he did on Jorginho against Chelsea on Saturday.
United break down the right and have won themselves a free-kick close to the near touchline. Mata is ready to take the inswinging kick, but we currently have a trespasser on the pitch - this is going to have to wait.
Juventus starting high up the pitch, both full-backs Cancelo and Alex Sandro are pushing on.
United get us underway, they're kicking from left to right and donning their red and black home strip. Juventus are in their famous white and black striped kit.
Players are out...
Serbian referee Milorad Mazic leads the two teams out from the Old Trafford tunnel situated in the near left corner of this famous old stadium. There were empty seats around the ground only a few minutes ago but now it is packed out. Bring it on!
Pre-match thoughts...
It will be interesting to see how United address this evenings match - with the right attitude they can get something from it. The 4-3-3 setup suggests that Juan Mata will be doing a man-marking job on Miralem Pjanic. Juventus will also line up with a 4-3-3 with Cuadrado replacing the injured Mario Mandzukic, he will certainly pose a different threat to a susceptible United defence. The outcome of this match could really have quite an impact on the hosts' season.
Team news is in...
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Mata, Martial, Lukaku.

​Juventus XI: Szczesny, Alex Sandro, Chiellini, Bonucci, Cancelo, Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi, Cuadrado, Dybala, Ronaldo.

Good evening and welcome to Old Trafford on what is a cool yet intriguing evening in Manchester. I am Oliver Miller, your reporter for tonights encounter between Manchester United and Juventus in the Champions League group stage.

The match day programme has billed this as a 'match for the ages' and there is most certainly a big game atmosphere around the stadium. How Cristiano Ronaldo will be received here at his former home will be interesting with the dark clouds that are currently gathering over his personal life. But matters on the pitch will also be worth watching as United really do need a result from this to avoid what would most likely be a sudden-death match in Valencia in the final match of the group.

There are plenty of half-and-half scarves on offer for supporters tonight and it might not just be tourists who are purchasing them as it is rather chilly.

Team news will be out in about 20 minutes so stayed tuned.

That's your injury update, but official team news will be out at 7PM with starting line-ups from these two European heavyweights. Stay with VAVEL UK until then for more build-up and live commentary.
Juventus midfielder Emre Can is unvailable due to a throid nodule, a rare injury which is a lump in his neck. Striker Mario Mandzukic is also out of action due to a sprained ankle.
Jose Mourinho revealed he won't be able to call upon Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean missed training and is injured.

Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Scott McTominay, Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot were all also absent from training on Monday afternoon and thus will face late fitness tests if they are to be involved.

This is the first time these two sides have met since the 2002-03 Champions League when United won both fixtures in the second group stages. The Reds won 2-1 at Old Trafford in that year. Despite it being so long since the last meeting, Juventus are United's most-faced opposition in European competition with 12 meetings between the clubs. 
The atmosphere will be intense at Old Trafford, but United can help themselves if they go and attack from the off. That'll only encourage the crowd. If they decide to sit back from the start, the noise levels will die down and Juventus will have the advantage.
Ronaldo first came back in 2013 with Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. This time, the stakes are lesser. But the reception will still be excellent. The respect between the fans and their former-hero is massive. 
Of course, one of the reasons to fear Juventus this year is Cristiano Ronaldo. He's being welcomed back to Old Trafford for the second time in his career, having played for United between 2004 and 2009 with such stunning quality and success.
However, it seems likely that United will set up defensively at home against Juventus. The Italian champions are feared by most in Europe, and United are no different.
Perhaps Mourinho should consider going all guns blazing given that his side looks so much better when the game opens up. It's no surprise, really, since United are a team with overwhelming talent in attack and a concerning lack of it in defence.
Both those games saw United look a far better side when the shackles of defensive responsibility were loosened. That, of course, happened when they had to fight to come back from behind. It was from two goals down against Newcastle, and one vs Chelsea.
Goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez secured an epic 3-2 comeback against Newcastle United before the international break. Then Martial's double against Chelsea grabbed a point for the Reds.
United can only dream of such dominance of their own league now. It was once a reality, but Mourinho's men are so far off the quality of Manchester City and Liverpool. However, their last two games have been more positive.
Massimilano Allegri's side are on the hunt for European glory. The big-eared trophy has evaded the grasp of Juventus for too many years now and all the focus is on knocking Real Madrid off their perch this year. To that end, sporting director Fabio Paratici masterminded the signing of Real Madrid's superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Leonardo Bonucci and Emre Can came in on free transfers, too, only adding to Juventus' dominance of their own league.
The Old Lady's record this season remains phenomenal and they are some of the toughest opponents that Man United could have got in the group stages of the Champions League. They've netted 19 goals in their nine league games this season and are top of the league by four points.
Juventus, meanwhile, come into Tuesday night's fixture off the back of a draw. Incredibly, it's the first time they haven't won all season. Daniel Bessa's equaliser for Genoa secured a point for the visitors after Cristiano Ronaldo had opened the scoring.
"There were contradictory feelings after the Chelsea match," Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference.

"I told the players we have to keep that happiness, pride and confidence in the way we played. But on the other side, use the anger to motivate ourselves to play a big match."

It was the manner of the performance in particular that will have delighted United fans, who have been treated to some tepid displays this season, as well as some truly woeful ones. The confidence in the side in the second half led to some great football and Anthony Martial's double was remiscent of his first season at the club, when he netted 17 goals.
The Reds come into tonight's game off the back of a 2-2 draw against Chelsea. Ross Barkley's 95th-minute equaliser was a bitter blow for Jose Mourinho's side, but it was a good result nevertheless. Most top teams would be pleased with a point at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United are set to welcome Juventus, the Italian champions and one of the favourites to win the UEFA Champions League, to Old Trafford in the group stages for what should be a fantastic game.

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