Mourinho hails Fellaini as United's game-changer

Mourinho hails Fellaini as United's game-changer

United arrive at the Etihad Stadium having beaten Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday and with a victory under their belt from last year's fixture, but Herrera says recent history counts for nothing.

"I want to play it as an isolated match, a difficult match against a difficult team, but they will also think it's a difficult match for them".

Those watching in the ground debated whether it would be Ashley Young or Juan Mata to take the important set-piece, following by moments of euphoria after the latter produced a trademark pearler to tie the score.

The gesture sparked an altercation with Juventus players but it couldn't overshadow the enormity of the result for United, which has struggled domestically but now has a great chance of reaching the knockout stage in Europe.

Meanwhile, United secured three vital Champions League points. After the goal we had five minutes to wake up again. Mourinho's team are enjoying a fine week, having won at Bournemouth and Juventus, while last month they drew at Chelsea after leading until the closing moments.

It is now full steam ahead to Sunday, when they will go toe-to-toe with the juggernaut that is Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.

Ronaldo struck with a magnificent first-time volley on 65 minutes to leave Juve on course for the knock-out phase, but Mata equalised with an 86th-minute free-kick before Leonardo Bonucci turned into his own net.

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Instead they must now wait for the remaining games against Valencia and Young Boys to seal their passage to the next round.

United though had the final word as Mourinho brought on Mata and Marouane Fellaini, who helped turn the game round in just four minutes, the Spaniard bending in a free-kick from the edge of the box to give the visitors a scarcely-deserved equaliser.

Allegri added: "It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, but we can't win all the time".

'It's true that they are the favourites because they are in unbelievable form, but this is Manchester United and you never know what can happen.

"We are top of the group, we're a good team, but it's a long way for the final".

'A point or three would've changed little for Juventus, but three points makes a big difference to us.

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