Two shocking late goals against Juventus in Turin kept the Manchester United dream of making it to the last 16 stage of the Champions League competition alive.
With five minutes to go, Juan Mata curled in an inch-perfect free-kick to cancel a stunning goal by former Manchester United attacker Cristiano Ronaldo before an own goal by Alex Sandro gave the Reds maximum points.
The first leg ended in a pulsating 1-1 drawn game at United and the odds were overwhelmingly in favor of the Italian side.
Jose Mourinho’s men have been through a bad patch recently and a bet on them to win was too risky a decision to make.
On the night it looked as if the game was going according to plan. Juve had been undefeated both in domestic games and in Europe and when Ronaldo latched on to that sublime pass by Leonardo Bonnuchi with a spectacular volley for a stupendous goal, nothing much was expected from a crestfallen United side.
Surprisingly, Ronaldo who is not used to celebrating when he scores against his former club somehow took to the corner flag with gestures and jubilation. It may be because of the wonder goal he scored or just maybe his love-hate relationship with Mourinho drove him into breaking his own rule.
But Jose Mourinho’s men had other ideas and they kept it late with Mourinho having the last laugh and the last gestures too.
Juan Mata whipped in a free-kick to draw level before an own goal left Juventus beaten for the first time in the 2018 season.
The victory meant United are two points ahead of third place Valencia who also beat Young Boys 3-1. United fans took to Facebook with jubilations posting online videos of their excitement. The other games take place next week. Manchester United may be safe now, but Valencia could pull a shocker in the last minute if United fails to win at least one of their last two games.