Paco Alcacer put Villareal up ahead with a 53rd-minute goal. It was a much-deserved goal for Villareal who were outplaying Manchester United for most of the game. They outshot United 15 to 14 and had much more dangerous chances that they didn’t finish in the first half.
Alex Telles leveled the score 7 minutes later with a first-time volley that was hit to perfection. Bruno Fernandez chipped a pass to an unmarked Telles at the top of the box off a free kick. Telles finished it well with the volley to slot it in past the back post.
The game looked like it was going to finish level, but Ronaldo had other thoughts. A cross found Ronaldo’s head which he used to pass the ball to Jesse Lingard. Instead of attempting a shot that was sure to be blocked by the Villareal defense, he gave the ball back to Ronaldo who finished the opportunity.
Ronaldo’s Proliferous Goal Scoring
Cristiano Ronaldo’s late winner was his 5th goal in the United uniform in his 5 games. His heroics have saved them many times, and this was another instance of this. If United can give him more opportunities in dangerous positions, they will get many more goals from their forward.
United’s defense was short-staffed, and it showed
Manchester United were without both Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire due to injury and Wan-Bissaka who was forced to miss 2 Champions League games after his dangerous challenge that led to a red card against Young Boys.
The defense looked unorganized and outmatched against Villareal. Even their new, star center back, Raphael Varane, made some crucial mistakes that almost led to early goals for the Spanish side.
Success Will Come in Time
United looked outmatched at times, but this was mainly due to not having 3 out of the 4 of their starting defenders. They look to be very dangerous at times in the attack when everything is clicking. For Manchester United fans, it is only a matter of time until this bunch is comfortable enough with each other to show consistent brilliance.
Next Matchup for Manchester and Ronaldo
Manchester United sit tied for 2nd in Group F with Young Boys after their win against Villareal. The Spanish side is in the 4th position with only 1 point and has their work cut out for them in their next Champions League matchups.
Manchester United will play the group leader, Atalanta, in their next Champions League matchup on Wednesday, October 20th. Villareal will face Young Boys on that same day.
United will stay at home for their Saturday morning matchup vs. Everton at 7:30 am EST. Villareal will travel back home to face Real Betis in their next La Liga matchup at 12:30 am EST on Sunday on ESPN+.
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