United recovered from Cristiano Ronaldo’s fabulous volley as a Juan Mata free-kick and an Alex Sandro own goal in the last five minutes to complete a stunning turnaround in the Allianz Stadium and boost their chances of getting to the knockout stages.
Juventus dominated for the majority and struck the woodwork twice but United has their moments in a goalless first-half and the attacking intent was obvious after they conceded. Marcus Rashford, Marouane Fellaini and Mata all emerged and all proved crucial additions in United’s recovery.
United could qualify for the knockout stage with a game to spare if they beat Young Boys at Old Trafford and Juve see off Valencia at home in three weeks’ time. But before that, Mourinho’s side travel to Manchester City for the first derby of the season on Sunday and, having said at the weekend United are playing a more open style, Mourinho vowed to continue attacking report the MEN.
“I think we played this season against Chelsea and Juventus away, the two best teams that we face this season,” Mourinho commented. “And we played very well in both.
“In here, lucky to win in the last minute, against Chelsea unlucky not to win in the last minute. But we played very, very well and this is what we want: We want to play well, we want to go to every stadium, and it doesn’t matter the team, and we play.
“Then if they are better than us they win, if they have more potential than us, they win, if we make mistakes and pay for the mistakes we lose, but I want the feeling, it doesn’t matter where we go, we go to compete.
“And this is the feeling the Manchester United supporters around the world wants – to have that feeling; switch on the television, and it doesn’t matter where we play, they know we are going to compete.
“We will lose matches, today we could lose, but that feeling of we go to play, we go to try to win.”
On the eve of the Juve tie, Mourinho said: ‘If we don’t start well and end well that’s fine, is even good fun for the fans’.
United have won four of their last six matches with three of the winners coming in the 89th minute or in stoppage-time.