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Carrick’s United beat Villarreal to make CL last 16

Late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho saw Manchester United win 2-0 at Villarreal in Michael Carrick’s first game in temporary charge, a result which sees the visitors progress to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Carrick made four changes from Saturday’s 4-1 mauling at Watford in what turned out to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last match as United manager – leaving Bruno Fernandes on the bench – but the visitors still struggled in the first half.

However, with the Group F contest seemingly petering out into a draw at El Madrigal, up popped Ronaldo to make the breakthrough with a brilliant piece of anticipation to nip in and score his sixth Champions League goal this season and his 10th overall.

Manchester United's Jadon Sancho celebrates after the 2-0 Champions League win at Villarreal
Jadon Sancho celebrates after Manchester United’s 2-0 Champions League win at Villarreal

Sancho’s emphatic finish sealed the victory in the 90th minute, after a well-worked team move, to hand United all three points and, as a result, they have qualified for the knockout phases with a game to spare, while Villarreal will have to fight it out with Atalanta for the runners-up spot.

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