Manchester United’s win over Young Boys was another tough watch last night.
A 90th minute goal from Marouane Fellaini earned a 1-0 win, for those who stuck around to see the winner.
Jose Mourinho was angry with the performance, and it was another dour home display. You can’t blame him for being frustrated, although some of his decisions are very questionable.
We are going to try and look on the bright side. United did win after all. So here is a look at three positives from the victory.
First and foremost the win sealed qualification into the knockout phase, although it seems certain to be in second place.
Juventus face Young Boys in the final game while we travel to Valencia.
The trip to Spain could be tricky and it is a relief to be going there with qualification already wrapped up.
Getting to the last 16 was the minimum expectation and the away win over Juventus will give this team belief they can go far in the competition… if they can get the home form right.
Fred showed promise
It was great to see Fred back in the starting line up and he did not shy away getting involved.
It was a shame and confusing to see him taken off after an hour when he was our best midfielder and the side needed a goal.
He was statistically impressive, managing more than 100 touches in just over 60 minutes of action.
In 62 minutes before being taken off
– 102 Touches
– 2 Chances Created
– 1 Tackle, 1 Interception, 1 Clearance
– 89% Pass Completion Rate#mufc
— United In Focus (@UnitedInFocus) November 27, 2018
Phil Jones did not cost us
We had hoped Eric Bailly would get the nod in defence alongside Chris Smalling.
A defensive pairing of Smalling and Jones does not represent any progress at the club.
But at least on this occasion it did not cost us. David de Gea has a big part to thank for that, pulling off a ridiculous save.
If Jones is going to play a part over the next month, then this clean sheet will lift his confidence.
The last three games he played were the FA Cup final, the loss to Tottenham and penalty defeat to Derby, and he was poor in each of them, contributing to the defeats.
In this game at least, United came through it unscathed, although tougher tests against Liverpool and Arsenal lie ahead.