Manchester United progressed to the Champions League knockouts with a game to spare after they secured a close 1-0 win over Young Boys on Tuesday night. United were restrictive with their efforts on target throughout the game and they were eventually reliant on Marouane Fellaini and David de Gea to save their blushes on the night.
Two things we learned:
Marouane Fellaini with another meaningful impact: Fellaini has been the subject of criticism from a section of the United supporters but he has continued to reap the faith of manager Jose Mourinho. In fact, the Belgian was played in a more advanced position than usual on Tuesday night and this eventually paid dividends with him finding the scoresheet and holding out the challenge from the opposition defender. The only surprise was the Belgian’s injury-time goal was a right-footed shot rather than a headed winner which has become his trademark.
David de Gea with a world-class save: De Gea has not been going through a lovely phase with the Spain national team but with United, he manages to find his best form in almost every game. In the 70th minute, substitute Ulisses Garcia’s effort appeared destined to open the scoring but De Gea managed to use every ounce of his height to make a fingertip save diving towards his right – much to the frustration of the visitors. Surely, United need to sort out a new contract for De Gea at the earliest or they could potentially lose him to one of Europe’s elite.
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