Mour­inho hails ‘fan­tas­tic’ come­back in Turin

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JOSE MOUR­INHO hailed a “fan­tas­tic vic­tory” after Manch­ester United stole the thun­der of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and a dom­i­nant Ju­ven­tus with a 2-1 win in the Cham­pi­ons League yes­ter­day.

A ju­bi­lant Mour­inho made the most of the last-gasp vic­tory, go­ing onto the pitch at full­time and cup­ping his ear to jeers from the crowd, who had ear­lier cheered for­mer Ju­ven­tus player Paul Pogba on his re­turn to Turin.

Ju­ven­tus play­ers Leonardo Bonucci and Paulo Dy­bala con­fronted Mour­inho with United cap­tain Ash­ley Young in­ter­ven­ing as Mour­inho was led off the pitch by a UEFA of­fi­cial.

“They in­sulted me for 90 min­utes. I came here to do my job, noth­ing more,” said for­mer In­ter Mi­lan coach Mour­inho.

“I didn’t of­fend any­one at the end, I just made a ges­ture that I wanted to hear them louder. I prob­a­bly shouldn’t have done it, with a cool head I wouldn’t have.”

Ron­aldo’s su­perb vol­ley had put the Ital­ian cham­pi­ons in con­trol after 65 min­utes, two weeks after Dy­bala scored in the only goal at Old Traf­ford.

But sub­sti­tute Juan Mata’s free­kick on 86 min­utes sparked a stun­ning re­vival that breathed new life into the vis­i­tors’ Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign.

Juve were then left in shock as Ash­ley Young’s free­kick from the left bounced in off a com­bi­na­tion of Bonucci and Alex San­dro after a fran­tic scram­ble in front of goal.

It left Mour­inho’s side just two points be­hind lead­ers Ju­ven­tus with two matches to play in Group H.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic vic­tory for us, a vic­tory that is not just about the points we lost at home but the feel­ing of how well we played,” said Mour­inho.

“And I think even if this game hadn’t ended with vic­tory I would have the same feel­ing that the team played re­ally, re­ally well from the first minute against a su­per team.”

Ju­ven­tus had dom­i­nated the match for long pe­ri­ods with Sami Khedira and Dy­bala both rat­tling the wood­work, only for the hosts to get dis­tracted after Ron­aldo’s goal.

“We dom­i­nated for the 90 min­utes. We had two or three clear chances and we should have been able to put the game to bed with ease, but we paid for switch­ing off,” said Ron­aldo after his team’s first de­feat this sea­son.

“It’s never nice to lose, but maybe this de­feat comes at the best pos­si­ble time. We have a great team, we’re top of the group and I’m sure we’ll go through as group win­ners.”

Mour­inho’s de­ci­sion to bring on Mata and Marouane Fel­laini in place of An­der Her­rera and Alexis Sanchez on 79 min­utes paid off.

The vic­tory gave the United coach op­ti­mism be­fore this week’s Pre­mier League clash against ta­ble-top­pers Manch­ester City at Eti­had Sta­dium.

“We played this sea­son against Chelsea and Ju­ven­tus away, the two best teams that we face this sea­son and we played very well in both,” said Mour­inho.

“Here we were lucky to win in last minute, against Chelsea un­lucky not to win in 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.

“I want the feel­ing (that) it doesn’t mat­ter where we go, we go to com­pete and this is the feel­ing the Manch­ester United sup­port­ers around the world want.” – AFP

Ju­ven­tus’ Leonardo Bonucci (2nd right) scores an own goal dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Cham­pi­ons League Group H match against Manch­ester United at the Al­lianz Sta­dium in Turin. –

United’s man­ager Jose Mour­inho ges­tures to­wards the pub­lic after yestar­day’s Cham­pi­ons League match against Ju­ven­tus. –

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