The never say die spirit of Manchester United was on display again on Wednesday night as the team scored twice in the final five minutes to seal a famous comeback 1-2 victory over Juventus in Turin.
Many had written off the Red Devils before the kick off at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Wednesday.
It looked as though Jose Mourinho would be heading for a second defeat at the hands of the Italian champions in the space of two weeks.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in stunning fashion shortly after the hour mark to end his five-match goal drought.
Juventus hit the woodwork twice and squandered a host of golden chances to add to their advantage in the second half. They were punished for that profligacy in the closing stages as United produced a late show to inflict a first defeat of the season on their hosts.
Juan Mata levelled things up with an 86th-minute free kick before Leonardo Bonucci inadvertently turned the ball into his own net four minutes later to secure a 2-1 victory for the Red Devils who have a derby duel this weekend.
In other centres there were big wins for Real Madrid and Manchester City who scored a combined 11 goals against their opponents.
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Chelsea Facing Potential Two-Year Transfer Ban
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been hit with similar transfer bans in recent years. Chelsea themselves were also sanctioned in 2009 after being accused of encouraging Gael Kakuta to break a contract he had with Lens. That ban that was eventually lifted on appeal.
The news of this investigation from French outlet Mediapart as part of the ongoing ‘Football Leaks’ wave, with Chelsea the only one of the five Premier League clubs named so far. Other high profile cubs across Europe are also apparently under investigation.
It is said that FIFA’s Integrity and Compliance unit is seeking a significant two-year transfer ban that would last for four transfer windows, a punishment that could severely hamper the Stamford Bridge club. There would also be a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs.
Chelsea have already responded with a short statement declaring that they had, “fully cooperated with FIFA and provided comprehensive evidence demonstrating its compliance with the applicable FIFA regulations.”
The international transfer of players is outlawed by FIFA, except in cases where a player’s family has emigrated for reasons unconnected to football or if the club and player are both based within 50km of a national border. There are also exceptions for players within the EU or EEA.
FIFA initially confirmed that an investigation into Chelsea’s recruitment was ongoing as early as September 2017 and a report from The Guardian published back at the start of this year suggested that it related to the signing of 25 foreign players under the age of 18.
Mediapart’s report puts the number at 19 players, including 14 illegally transferred minors.
FIFA is believed to have first been alerted to alleged wrongdoing by the signing of Bertrand Traore, the forward from Burkina Faso who officially signed for Chelsea shortly after his 18th birthday but was apparently pictured representing the club in a youth game aged 16.
Pogba Make “Inside United” Cover For The Month Of December And Reaffirms His Resolve To Stay At United
In the new issue of Inside United, out now, the France international relives some of his favourite memories from an impressive career to date.
After leaving for Juventus in 2012, Pogba returned to Old Trafford four years later to become a key part of Jose Mourinho’s side, and he showed his quality again last week when helping the Reds secure a superb victory at his former club’s Allianz Stadium.
“When I came back to United, it was the best feeling ever,” said Pogba, who was forced to withdraw from France’s squad this week, due to the injury that kept him out of the Manchester derby,
“I came back home. I always dreamed of playing for United, to have many games and score goals. Nothing had really changed, except for maybe the team and the manager, but the rest of the club was the same.
”I just came back home, it was like I didn’t really leave – I just went on holiday! [laughs]. It was a great feeling to come back home.”
In the exclusive feature for Inside United, Pogba looks at photographs of key moments, from growing up in the Academy to lifting the World Cup last summer, and spoke honestly about the feelings generated by reminiscing about the memories.
“It was great to come back, to feel the air of Manchester,” he added. “That has never changed.”
The elegant midfielder also talked about his first-team debut for the Reds, playing against his brother Florentin during the successful Europa League run and why winning that competition in Amsterdam was so emotional, coming soon after his father sadly passed away.
Neymar Jnr bonds with Son as International Break kicks-off (Photos)
Paris Saint-Germain, PSG footballer, Neymar Jnr has shared photos of himself bonding with son, as he arrives home for the third International break for the season.
In shots, the Brazilian striker is seen embracing his son passionately, while lad, Davi Lucca cuddles Dad’s neck and face.
Neymar had Lucca with his former girlfriend, Carolina Dantas.
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