ARTICLE SOURCE: MY OPINION
Manchester United maintained their quest for Champions League glory against Villarreal Sunday, hoping to avenge their defeat at the hands of Youngs Boys. It was exactly as expected that the game would be difficult but amusing for everyone. Most Manchester United fans, on the other hand, had no time for jokes because the three points were the most important thing to them.
The Reds fell behind in the game in the 53rd minute when Paco Alcacer scored a fantastic goal past their defense and goalkeeper, but fought back to win the game courtesy to goals from Alex Telles and Cristiano Ronaldo.
As a Manchester United fan, you will agree with me that certain players deserve the Victory Award because it was their contributions that ultimately won the game. Let us look at some of those players and why they deserve to be praised.
* Cristiano Ronaldo and Alex Telles: The Portuguese forward and Brazilian left back deserve a standing ovation for their individual contributions in scoring the equalizing and winning goals.
*Bruno Fernandes: The 27-year-old captain of the night was one of the most impressive players against the Yellow Submarines yesterday; he was everywhere, managing the game, and making sure to put the ginger where it was needed. The Portuguese International capped off his evening with a magnificent assist on his team's equalizer.
* David de Gea: The Spaniard was one of Manchester United's busiest players yesterday, making fantastic saves that should have earned him man of the match honors. Despite going down yesterday, his solid approach to ball saving offered Manchester United a chance to win the game.
* Raphael Varane: In the absence of Harry Maguire, the French international bore the defensive burden on his shoulders yesterday; he remained a gallant soldier throughout the game, making several fantastic blocks that should have resulted in more goals than the one Alacacer scored.
* Jesse Lingard and Edison Cavani: The debut of English international Jesse Lingard and veteran striker Edison Cavani completely transformed the game. That's because Cavani's pressure on the Villarreal defenders led them to make so many errors, while Lingard's presence changed their midfield's approach to the game. The 28-year-old was the goal provider the Reds required for the game-winning goal.
There's no doubt that everyone gave it their all in yesterday's win, but it was these seven players who really showed why the Red Devils needed the three points. What are your thoughts?
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