Manchester United achieved a fatal victory at the expense of Villarreal, Spain, 2-1, in the match that took place between them on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford, in the second round of Group F of the group stage of the Champions League in the current season 2021-2022.
The goals of the match came through Paco Alcacer in the 53rd minute of the match for Villarreal, while the goals of Manchester United came through Alex Telles and Cristiano Ronaldo in the 60th and 96th minutes of the match.
And Cristiano Ronaldo managed to lead the Red Devils to win the first match in the group stage of the Champions League for the current season 2021/22, after he fell against his Swiss counterpart Young Boys in a deadly time with two goals against a goal, at the “Suis Wankdorf” stadium.
With this result, Manchester United rose to third place in the table of Group F in the Champions League, with 3 points.
Villarreal is bottom of the Group F table with one point, which it collected from a tie with Atalanta in the last match in the first round of the tournament.
The Manchester United lineup was as follows..
Goalkeeper: David de Gea.
Defense Line: Alex Telles – Lindelof – Raphael Varane – Diogo Dalot.
Midfield: Paul Pogba – Bruno Fernandes – Scott McTominay.
Forwards: Jadon Sancho – Cristiano Ronaldo – Mason Greenwood.
According to the official website of Manchester United, Cristiano reached his 900th club football match against Villarreal, and scored 678 goals during that amazing period, with Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid and United..
Ronaldo also appeared for the first time in the Champions League in 2003 at the age of 18 years and 238 days, where he participated against Stuttgart under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson..
Since then, he has scored more goals in the tournament than any other player, with 135 goals during his time at United, Real Madrid and Juventus..
Cristiano Ronaldo has become the record holder for the most participating player in the history of the Champions League, as he raised his score to 178 games, surpassing former Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who shared the number with him with 177 games each before today’s match.
Ronaldo equaled Casillas’ number after his participation in the last European confrontation against the Swiss Young Boys, where the Don scored his first appearance in the Red Devils shirt in the Champions League after returning to him during the last summer transfer period from Italian Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time top scorer of the European Champions League with 135 goals in 177 matches he previously played in the tournament before the Villarreal match.
According to the Opta global network specialized in player statistics and numbers, Villarreal’s Paco Alcacer is the eighth Spanish player to score in the Champions League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford, the first since Jose Manuel Jurado for Schalke 04 in May 2011.
Alex Telles also became the seventh Brazilian to score for Manchester United after Kleberson, Rafael, Anderson, Fabio, Andreas Pereira and Fred.
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A powerful shot in the Man United match against Villarreal