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Mourinho salutes Reds fightback

8th November 2018, 03:12 by Michael Holland

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said he was proud of his players as they came from behind to beat Juventus 2-1 in Turin.

A fortnight on from being wholly outclassed by the Serie A champions at Old Trafford, United made big improvements but it looked as though it would count for nothing as a stunning Cristiano Ronaldo volley put Juve 1-0 up.

But United were far from done. The comeback started when Juan Mata's free-kick levelled matters four minutes from time, before Alex Sandro's late own goal secured a win.

The victory breathes new life into United's Champions League campaign and Mourinho certainly enjoyed the victory, going onto the pitch at full-time and cupping his ear to jeers from the crowd.

Mourinho played down his celebrations and also paid tribute to his players following a memorable fightback.

"On a beautiful Italian day, I made a little thing," he told BT Sport. "I know millions are happy with the win, but I respect Juventus and the quality they have. I am really proud of my boys because they did everything.

"We had to come and not feel inferior. We were in a situation where we thought we needed to go to the last second of the match. The boys started really well and things were under control.

"Juventus have phenomenal players. That Cristiano Ronaldo goal was beautiful and the player [Leonardo Bonucci] that made that beautiful pass, is a central defender! They are a fantastic team with an amazing record at home."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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