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What we observed from Manchester United's win against Villarreal

Win or lose, a Champions League match is never the same with a Manchester United late drama and that is exactly what happened when Villarreal came to Old Trafford. Goals from Alex Telles and Cristiano Ronaldo saw United come away with all 3 points.

The team are in position to qualify for the next stage of the competition but will have to face Atalanta away to know where they really stand in the group.

Here are the 5 things we learned from watching the game.

1. A change in formation.

First things first, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted for a change in his 4321 system and decided to go for a 433 in a bid to overwhelm Villarreal and score as many goals as possible. But that did not work out so well for the Red Devils as they could have easily conceded 3 goals in just under 20 minutes.

Scott Mctominay was playing as a lone defensive midfielder which meant that Villarreal did not face any challenges as they sliced through United's midfield.

2. David De Gea was the best player on the pitch

De Gea made 6 crucial saves from inside the box. It's safe to say that it would have gotten a lot worse for United if the Goalkeeper was not in top form. He also completed 100% of his passes which meant that his distribution has vastly improved.

3. It was an even game

While United had one of the worst first half in recent times, the game was even in a way. Villarreal did not overly dominate possession but managed to have 15 shots with 7 of them being on target.

United had 14 attempts at goal and also had 7 on target with 2 of them obviously finding their way into the back of the net.

4. Ronaldo is inevitable

Cristiano Ronaldo arguably did not do much in the game but managed a late winner at the final kick of the game which was more than the fans at Old Trafford had hoped for. The Portuguese international did manage to create 3 chances.

5. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is defensively crucial to the team

It was probably Diogo Dalot's most shocking performance in a United shirt and it further epitomised why Wan-Bissaka is probably the club's most important defender. All the major attacks came from the right flank where Villarreal eventually got their goal.

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Alex Telles Cristiano Ronaldo David De Gea Manchester United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


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