As It Happened: Manchester United 0-1 Juventus

Good evening and welcome to Nigerisneye's live text coverage of the
Champions League Group H clash between Manchester United and Juventus at
Old Trafford.

The hosts come into this match having won just one of their last six
outings across all competitions, although they are unbeaten and yet to
concede in the Champions League so far this season.

Juventus top Group H courtesy of two wins from two, though, and
Massimiliano Allegri's side arrive at Old Trafford having won 10 and
lost none of their opening 11 games of the campaign.

Make sure you don't miss a moment of the action courtesy of our minute-by-minute updates below.


MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Smalling,Shaw; Mata, Matic, Pogba; Rashford, Lukaku, Martial

JUVENTUS: Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Matuidi, Bentancur, Pjanic; Dybala, Cuadrado, Ronaldo

Juventus comfortably hold out for the victory at Old Trafford, with the
hosts offering very little in response to Juve's dominance throughout
the course of the 90 minutes.

Paulo Dybala scored the only goal of the game in the first half, but the
1-0 scoreline flatters United a little in truth, despite Pogba hitting
the post with 15 minutes remaining. Thanks for joining our live coverage
of the match!


90+1 min There will be three minutes of added time at the end of this match.

90 min Good play from Martial as he spins away from his marker before
driving towards goal and curling effort towards goal which is saved by
the keeper.

89 min Shooting chance for Juve again as Bonucci finds himself as the
furthest man forward, but he cannot keep his long-range drive down.

87 min JUVENTUS SUB: A third and final change for Juventus as Douglas Costa replaces Cancelo.

85 min A free kick is hoisted into the box and Matic climbs highest to
meet it, but there is very little he can do with his header and Szczesny
collects with ease.

84 min Almost a chance for United as Lukaku collects the ball inside the
area and manages to carve out a half-shooting opportunity, but his
effort takes a deflection on its way well off target.

83 min Chiellini picks up a yellow card for time-wasting.

82 min JUVENTUS SUB: Another change for the visitors sees Andrea Barzagli replace Cuadrado.

80 min There isn't too much Mourinho can do to influence this game now
in all honesty. He has not got any real game-changers on his bench
tonight and so may have to keep faith with the 11 on the field.

78 min JUVENTUS SUB: Juve make the first change of the night as Federico
Bernardeschi replaces Dybala, who is not happy at being withdrawn.

77 min Ashley Young goes into the book for a cynical trip on Sandro.

77 min United are getting much more joy down the wings now, with the
likes of Shaw and especially Young having a growing influence on the
match. It looks like they may make a game of it after all!

75 min United finally threaten the Juventus goal as some lax play gifts
possession to Pogba, who produces a good turn away from his man. The
midfield then curls a low effort towards goal which hits the foot of the
post before rebounding against Szczesny and wide of the post for a

74 min Martial collects the ball inside the box and manages to get a
cross away, but his low delivery is easy for the keeper to gather.

73 min Juve have been a class above tonight, all over the field. They
have been so sturdy in defence and Bentancur and Pjanic in midfield have
bossed this match.

71 min UPDATE: It is turning into quite the night for the blue half of
Manchester - City have just made it 3-0 away to Shakhtar Donetsk through
Bernardo Silva.

69 min Just over 20 minutes in this match and Juventus are still in
control of this game. A 1-0 lead is never safe, but United have not
shown many signs of getting an equaliser yet.

67 min UPDATE: It is turning into a thriller in Man City's group as Lyon
- who led 1-0 but then trailed 2-1 - have swung the game back in their
favour and now lead 3-2!

65 min The United fans are beginning to react to this improvement from
their side as they finally begin to show a bit of urgency and attacking
intent here. Still not much for Szczesny to do, but it has been better
from the hosts in the last five minutes or so.

64 min This is better from United now! Smalling finds himself high up
the field and he plays a low pass into the box which goes into a
dangerous position, but Cancelo is the first to meet it and hack it

63 min Here is that stunning save from De Gea to deny Ronaldo...

61 min Just under half an hour remaining in this match now and still
United are yet to seriously test Szczesny. It has been far too easy for
Juventus in this opening hour.

59 min Matuidi becomes the first name in the book this evening, and he can have no complaints after clattering in to Young.

58 min Matic swings it into the middle himself, but the offside flag is immediately raised against the United attackers.

57 min United are fortunate to get a free kick in a promising crossing
position here after Mata seemed to throw himself to the ground. Can they
make anything of this?

55 min UPDATE: Marcelo has been strongly linked with a move to Juventus,
but he has just scored for Real Madrid to double their lead against

53 min United pick up the ball in a good position once again, but they
never really look set and Lukaku puts the ball behind Rashford which
allows Juve to win it back.

52 min Brilliant stop from De Gea as he denies a thunderous strike from
Ronaldo! It is a devastating team move from Juve which ends with
Cuadrado teeing up Ronaldo on the edge of the box, and his powerful
first-time effort is destined for the top corner before De Gea tips it
over the top.

50 min Poor defending from United as Matuidi drives past Young and Pogba
to get into the box far too easily, but his low pass into the middle is
scuffed behind by Lindelof.

49 min UPDATE: More goals from elsewhere to tell you about, with Roma
moving into a 3-0 lead against CSKA Moscow and Hoffenheim now leading
Lyon 2-1 after coming from a goal down.

47 min Mata steals the ball off Pjanic inside the Juve half to launch an
attack, but Martial sees one shot blocked before Pogba's volley hits
Lukaku, who looks oblivious in the middle. Martial then feeds the ball
back into the middle, but Chiellini does enough against Lukaku.

46 min Juventus get us back underway for the second half at Old Trafford!

The first half comes to an end at Old Trafford, and it is Juventus who
have the lead against Manchester United at the halfway stage.

The Italian champions have dominated possession and controlled the vast
majority of this game, and in truth could be further ahead having
outclassed United so far.


44 min Just a minute left plus stoppage time in this first half now and
Juve have shown no signs of allowing their defence to be breached just
yet. The hosts need to take more risks, with Pogba's header their only
effort on target so far.

42 min Dybala threatens again here as he collects the ball just outside
the area, works it onto his left foot and then curls his shot a few
yards wide of the target.

41 min Bentancur picks up a loose ball in midfield after Shaw could only
half-clear his lines, but the United defender makes up for it by
blocking the subsequent effort.

40 min Just five minutes remaining in this first half now and United
will know that they need to show more going forward if they are to get
themselves back into the match. Szczesny has barely broken a sweat in
the Juventus goal.

38 min Ronaldo lines up a free kick from range and stings the palms of
De Gea with a powerful drive. The ball bounces back out to Matuidi, who
fires his rebound into the ground and forces another stop from De Gea.
Even then the danger is not over, though, and a cross arrives into the
box which Matuidi nods off target.

35 min UPDATE: United may be struggling here, but Man City are having no
such troubles and now lead Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in Ukraine through
David Silva and Aymeric Laporte. Hoffenheim have also equalised against
Lyon, while Roma lead CSKA Moscow.

33 min Juventus have the chance to break with Cuadrado leading the
charge before sliding a pass through for Dybala. Lindelof defends well,
though, and cuts out his pass back inside towards Ronaldo.

32 min Much better from United as they finally begin to put Juventus
under some pressure. Chiellini is a tough man to beat, though, and he
produces one really good tackle on Rashford before nodding a dangerous
cross behind for a corner.

30 min Another big chance for Juventus as Bentancur meets a corner from
the right flank, shrugging off his marker before nodding an effort over
the crossbar when he probably should have done better.

29 min The frustration of the fans is growing now as Juve continue to
dominate possession and control this game. United do not seem to be able
to get close to their visitors at the moment.

28 min Juve again break into a dangerous position as Dybala is allowed
to ghost into the area, where he is found unmarked by Pjanic. This time
his subsequent low cross is cleared away, but United cannot allow them
to break behind the defence so easily.

26 min UPDATE: There has been a goal elsewhere which will be of interest
to Man City fans, with Lyon taking the lead against Hoffenheim in their

24 min Juventus are beginning to look very comfortable and dominant now.
United are struggling to get into the game right now and it is the
visitors who look far more likely to add to the scoring at the moment.

22 min Another opening for Juve as Cancelo plays a one-two with Ronaldo
on his way into the box before drilling an effort across goal which De
Gea needs to parry away.

21 min There may not be much between the sides in terms of goalmouth
moments, but when it comes to possession it is all Juve at the moment.
They have enjoyed 72% of the ball in this one so far.

19 min Once again United will be forced to come from behind if they are
to get anything out of this game! There hasn't been much between these
two sides, but the one telling moment has fallen the way of the visitors
so far.

17 min Juventus break the deadlock at Old Trafford as Paulo Dybala opens the scoring!

Ronaldo is involved as he latches on to a pass down the right flank
before firing a cross in towards the front post. Cuadrado makes the dart
but is followed by Smalling, whose sliding interception only sees the
ball pop up nicely for Dybala. The Argentine is free and unmaked, and
left with a simple finish as he tucks it into the bottom corner past De


16 min The first save of the night comes from Szczesny, but it is a
simple one for the Juventus keeper. A free kick arrives a little bit
behind Pogba, but he is still able to steer his header on target and
Szczesny collects.

15 min UPDATE: The pressure on Julen Lopetegui could be easing a little
tonight, with Real Madrid having taken the lead against Viktoria Plzen
through Karim Benzema.

13 min Almost a chance for United as Dybala slides the ball out wide
right for Cuadrado and continues his run into the box. The delivery
finds him in space too, but it is just too high for him to steer a
header towards goal.

11 min Ronaldo is brought down by Smalling inside the United half, and
surprisingly doesn't appear to have any desire to hit it at goal. It is a
long way out, though, and instead Pjanic floats a ball straight out of

9 min Poor from Shaw as his pass out of the defence was easily cut out
by Pjanic, who immediately slid his pass in for Dybala. The Juve tries
to cut inside onto his left foot, but he is dispossessed inside the

7 min Not much to shout about in the opening exchanges so far as both
sides look to settle themselves into this game. Both appear to have done
so nice and quickly too.

5 min The hosts then win another free kick in an almost identical
position on the opposite flank, but Rashford's delivery is comfortably

4 min After a brief stoppage to play as a pitch intruder is dealt with, Mata's delivery is easily claimed by Szczesny.

3 min Rashford has his first chance to attack the defence down the right
flank, and he wins a free kick by skipping away from Pjanic. United
have a good crossing opportunity here...

1 min Here we go, then! Manchester United get us underway at Old Trafford!

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