Manchester United 2-1 Villarreal: Five things we learned
Manchester United v Villarreal CF: Group F - UEFA Champions League
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates scoring a goal to make the score 2-1 with his team-mates during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Manchester United and Villarreal CF at Old Trafford on September 29, 2021 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United took all three points in their group game in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening. Although United went behind in the contest following Paco Alcacer's goal, this was quickly cancelled out by Alex Telles on the 60th-minute mark. The Red Devils piled on the pressure right till the end reaping their rewards as Jesse Lingard laid off Cristiano Ronaldo a yard off the right-hand post for United to pinch all three points. 

  • United's defence is still producing cracks now and then

Although United pulled off a 2-1 victory which made sure the ending was perfect compared to the start. Defensively they still showed frailties as Alcacer finished well from an Arnaut Danjuma cross. Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof and Alex Telles were all responsible for the goal, with the ball played in easily through the United backline.

Although there was little Telles could have potentially done on the right-hand side, the likes of Dalot and Lindelof were very premature in closing down the visitors during the first half. This did pick up in the second period and were much improved. But issues still remain at the back with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking for solutions to balance his backline, harder tests to come for sure.

  • Bruno Fernandes is a big game player

Fernandes carried the United midfield supplier once again and central to the build of the late goal which got the crowd on their feet, the United faithful absolutely thrilled with the dramatic win.

The impressive midfielder looks like the player to push Cristiano Ronaldo on, with the likes of Paul Pogba just going under the radar based on form. This was his second Champions League game in a United shirt, having had the experience of the Europa League previously. 

In the league, he has played six times scoring four times with major contributions through the middle at the same time. His statistics in a United are fascinating in itself and we are yet to see the best of him. 

  • Jesse Lingard's loan spell at West Ham worked wonders 

Jesse Lingard came up trumps in the league at West United to clinch United the three points. This time he was the provider to help Ronaldo score the winner. Many United fans weren't sure if Lingard would return to United colours after his fantastic spell in East London. But the star player committed his future to Manchester United and continues to prove the doubters wrong on and off the ball.

Having had a decent game he continued to dominate the wing looking for an opening. His layoff in stoppage was vital in the win. Although headlines will go to Ronaldo there is nothing to take away from the number 14 who really is a great player.

  • David De Gea needs more clean sheets

We all know how good De Gea is but he needs more help from the likes of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane. Maguire did not feature in this one but it looks like the United keeper is more comfortable with these two defenders in front of him. It brings more calmness in goal knowing their defensive qualities can nullify defences.

De Gea's career at United has been one to remember, but with the likes of Tom Heaton knocking for the number one spot, he knows the pressure will be on him to keep his place in the starting lineup. With a dangerous Everton side up next in the Premier League at home he will want a clean sheet to break the ice.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo is just the best ever

Ronaldo never disappoints and this was a clear example of such mentality. The game was more or less out in stoppage time. He was there to land the sucker punch upon the Spanish side. His pace is spoken about regularly but in this game, his finish was lethal giving the keeper no chance as it deflected into the back of the net.

Sending the crowd crazy and social media into a frenzy, he continues to be the most spoken about player in the world after his return to the Premier League which has attracted record crowds to Old Trafford. With the likes of Manchester City up soon he will be looking to take centre stage once again looking to push United into a title race, although this is still early to ascertain.

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