Lunes, 18 Diciembre, 2017

Manchester United, Basel, Roma, Juventus into Champions League last 16

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola go head to head on Sunday. CREDIT REUTERS Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola go head to head on Sunday. CREDIT REUTERS
Montrelle Montesinos | 08 Diciembre, 2017, 00:41

Manchester United have reached the Champions League last 16 for the first time since 2013 after a 2-1 home victory against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford. A marked difference in mentality from Pep to Pogba heading into the biggest game of the season.

Manchester United are in second place in the Premier League table and eight points behind leaders Manchester City ahead of next weekend's derby.

'It takes different strengths and weaknesses to play up front and if you want somebody who is a real powerhouse to get up the park, hold the ball up, give your defenders and midfield a rest, win you a free-kick, Lukaku's absolutely perfect for that'.

Sporting took third despite losing to Francisco Alcacer's header and an own goal from former Barca defender Jeremy Mathieu in a low-key clash at the Camp Nou.

"His link-up play with with Juan Mata was the highlight of the game".

The Times said United's stance would be welcomed by the Premier League's existing rights-holders, including Sky Sports and BT Sport, who have reportedly privately expressed irritation at the access City are granting to a commercial rival. Even though both sides have strong defences, there is too much attacking quality on show for it to be goalless. The 2017/2018 campaign is very different.

"[Nemanja] Matic is injured and when I say he is injured, he is injured".

Mystifying then, that a player who's recently suffered the agony and torment of long-term injury, would wish the same on fellow professionals.

In Group B, Bayern Munich defeated Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 but failed to find the four-goal winning margin needed to knock the French off top spot.

There was a video during the last international break of Pogba visiting France's facilities. Every single one. And he had a personal handshake for each person that he greeted.

David Silva missed the defeat at Shakhtar but is expected to return to his midfield role at Old Trafford.

The video was amazing.

That brought the winner in the home game against Tottenham, when United sat deep and were largely content to frustrate, and, while it's unlikely City would succumb to quite such a simple goal as Spurs did, Martial and Lingard running from deep would be a huge test of Fernandinho's defensive capacities specifically and City's defensive organisation in general. Pogba doesn't gain that type of status in a team full of world-class players without each of those players knowing and appreciating how good he is. He could very well become the face of the sport for the younger generation.