Manchester United looked to be in big trouble when their former talisman Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 65th minute with an instinctive finish to finally end David De Gea’s resistance in the Red Devils goal.
Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado squandered chances to extend the home side’s lead and put the contest to bed before Massimiliano Allegri brought on Andrea Barzagli to reinforce his defence.
With Valencia winning against Young Boys in the early kick-off to hoist themselves above Manchester United, the Red Devils were facing the prospect of a difficult trip to Valencia in their final group game.
However, Paul Pogba won a late free-kick and Juan Mata beat former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the Juventus goal with five minutes of normal time.
Substitute Marouane Fellaini played a huge role in Manchester United’s winner after his presence in the area caused confusion from an Ashley Young free-kick before Alex Sandro bundled the ball into his own goal.
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand couldn’t contain his joy after a dramatic 2-1 win over Juventus to move to within two points of the group leaders.
Ferdinand wrote on Twitter: “UNITED 🙌🏽❤️⚽️ @ManUtd”
He added: “Love it….. @juanmata8 😍🔥⚽️”
Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham, who started his career at Manchester United, underlined that the Red Devils squad remains behind their manager despite pressure on Mourinho in the early months of the 2018-19 season.
Higginbotham posted on social media: “What a result for @ManUtd tonight. Not ideal to concede first but they have done in 5 of last 6 and only lost 1. They’ve won 3 and drawn 1. All the talk about the players downing tools. Absolutely no chance !!!”
Manchester United will return to England to prepare for Sunday’s Manchester derby when the Red Devils will take on Premier League leaders Manchester City at The Etihad.
The 20-time English champions will host Swiss side Young Boys in their next Champions League game at Old Trafford on Tuesday 27 November.
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