In the midst of a leadership turbulence following the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the duo of Jordan Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo managed to steal a much-needed victory for Manchester United against spanish club side, Villarreal, sealing their place in the UCL round of 16, and placing a solid 3-point footing for Michael Carrick — the red devil legend turned assistant manager turned temporary head coach.
Looking at the team-play through the cause of 90 minutes, it was easy to spot a general lack of cohesion. In the first goal, Ronaldo was lucky to profit off a sloppy defensive error while Villareal unluckily sought to convert one off the many dispositions from an absent-minded Maguire. Aaron Wan-Bissaka also played so sub-optimally, and narrowly got away with his dangerously ineffective short passes instead of a safe long range pull out. This left De Gea — the undisputed saviour of the match — with so much avoidable goal-saving to pull.
Annoying back passes, passes to a marked teammate, and a generally poor team connection confirmed the game as just another narrow escape from a deserved draw or loss for the red devils.
With Chelsea next on the line on Saturday, the Red Devils have no choice than to up their ante. Carrick must caution Maguire and Wan-Bissaka against sloppiness and get the team to play together, or risk being beaten to a pulp by the blues who have shown excellent form this season.