Manchester United 1-0 Young Boys: Fellini late strike earns win

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Sporting Life · Columnist

Manchester United have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League after Marouane Fellaini’s 91st strike secured a 1-0 win over Young Boys in their Group H match at Old Trafford.

That winner saw Jose Mourinho let his pent-up anger out on some water bottle holders after dreadful United rode their luck to seal progress.

With Juventus beating Valencia in the other Group H match, United knew victory against the Swiss champions – a side they beat 3-0 in Switzerland – would have secured progress with a match to spare.

“We’ve just scored a goal but we’re talking about Jose Mourinho’s reaction.”@rioferdy5 thinks Jose’s reaction screamed ‘all eyes on me’ 👀 pic.twitter.com/exhIw3WVo5

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 27, 2018

But Mourinho’s underperforming side lacked creativity, cohesion and confidence against a Young Boys side displaying all those characteristics, only for Fellaini to secure a lucky 1-0 win and progress to the knockout phase in stoppage time.

The United manager’s frustration had been growing throughout the match and his angry celebration said it all as he kicked one water bottle carrier and threw another into the floor.

Victory meant United head to Valencia next month with progress assured, but Tuesday’s performance raises more questions than answers given their tepid response to Saturday’s goalless draw with struggling Crystal Palace.

Marouane Fellaini to the rescue again!!!!

Look at Jose Mourinho’s reaction 🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/9z6tEG50nE

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 27, 2018

Mourinho called into question some of his players’ “heart” and desire after that match, so his decision to drop Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba to the bench raised eyebrows almost as much as his decision to omit Alexis Sanchez entirely.

Mourinho bristled when quizzed about that selection before kick-off and pointed to onlookers “always asking” him to play Marcus Rashford – a player who missed a fine chance in the opening minutes and numerous more over the course of the night.

The United manager’s exasperation was clear and only increased as the match wore on, with Fellaini eventually securing a late win much to the relief of his manager and the Old Trafford faithful.

 

Champions League Results – Tuesday November 27

Group E

AEK Athens 0-2 Ajax

Bayern Munich 5-1 Benfica

Group F

Lyon 2-2 Manchester City

1899 Hoffenheim 2-2 Shakhtar Donetsk

Group G

CSKA Moscow 1-2 Viktoria Plzen

Roma 0-2 Real Madrid

Group H

Juventus 1-0 Valencia

Manchester United 0-0 Young Boys

 

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