UCL Review: Late goals from United stun Juventus

By George Davis, Alex Jordan and Chris Taylor November 07, 2018

Goals from Juan Mata and an own goal saw United come-from-behind to Stun Juventus 2-1 in Turin.

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    Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has developed into the "perfect machine", according to AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso.

    Gattuso's men meet Ronaldo and Juve in the Supercoppa Italiana in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

    Ronaldo, 33, has settled in well in Italy, scoring 15 goals in 25 games since joining the club from Real Madrid in July.

    Gattuso said the Portuguese star had changed in recent years after initially being too focused on "doing a lot of show".

    "I think Cristiano has become an incredible player over the last seven or eight years," he told a news conference.

    "When I met him a few years ago he was doing a lot of show but now he stopped doing it a while ago. Now, he does everything with vehemence, attacking with depth.

    "He wants to score and wants to give you hard times and put the ball into the net.

    "He has changed in the last seven or eight years, now he is the perfect machine. The older he gets the more he sprints.

    "He seems a bloke without age, here you understand what kind of top player he has been over the last eight years."

    Juventus and Milan are bidding to win a record eighth Supercoppa crown when they meet in Jeddah.

  • Gattuso: Higuain has not asked to leave Gattuso: Higuain has not asked to leave

    Gennaro Gattuso insists Gonzalo Higuain has not asked to leave AC Milan but would not feel let down if the striker did move elsewhere.

    Higuain joined Milan on loan from Juventus in August for a fee of €18million with an option to buy him outright at the end of the season.

    However, the move has not panned out as expected, with Higuain scoring only six times in 15 Serie A appearances for Gattuso's men.

    He ended a run of nine games without a goal, which featured a missed penalty and a red card against Juve in November, last month but has been heavily linked with a reunion with Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

    There have been reports Higuain could be dropped for Wednesday's Supercoppa Italiana clash with Juve ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge.

    But Gattuso told a media conference: "I base my decisions on how players train during the week and how they work with the staff and their team-mates.

    "At this moment, I have to repeat the same words: there are many rumours, but Higuain is training well, working with everyone just fine and is at our disposal.

    "We'll see tomorrow whether he plays or not. He has to decide what to do, how to resolve this issue, but right now he is training with great professionalism. We'll see.

    "If he plays, it's because I see him in good shape and relaxed. Either he's a great actor or he's really within the team, is always chatting and kidding with his team-mates.

    "I agree that after the missed penalty and red card against Juventus, something happened in his head. We'll see tomorrow. As I said, it's not easy for a coach to change the idea of a player, so I have to concentrate on putting out the best line-up for the situation and getting the best out of every player.

    "I want to reiterate that Higuain has never told me he wants to leave. I am waiting for that.

    "I want to be honest, I didn't even want to talk about Higuain, as we're here for the Supercoppa. That seemed the fair thing to do for a team.

    "I am not upset. I too was a player for many years, I realise there are moments when we all see things differently and cannot judge how someone else thinks.

    "If the glass is half-full or half-empty, it remains the same glass. We'll see what happens. I want to see this Supercoppa, I hope it is a great game for us, but I won't be upset or let down if he goes."

  • Harry Kane injury: England captain's history of ankle woe Harry Kane injury: England captain's history of ankle woe

    Harry Kane's phenomenal goalscoring exploits for Tottenham and England makes him an automatic selection for both.

    As such, the news that Kane is facing at least six weeks on the sidelines with damage to his left ankle ligaments provides a major headache for Mauricio Pochettino.

    England begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Czech Republic on March 22, meaning Gareth Southgate's hopes of having his captain operating at full tilt have been severely compromised.

    Kane's superb returns over recent seasons have come despite three previous ankle setbacks hindering his progress.

    Here, we look at when those injuries occurred and what happened next.

    September 2016 – Sunderland (H)

    Kane scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane but was substituted during the closing stages and left the stadium on crutches with damaged right ankle ligaments. Spurs went five games unbeaten in the Premier League in Kane's absence – beating Middlesbrough and Manchester City before stringing together consecutive draws against West Brom, Bournemouth and Leicester City. Pochettino's men beat CSKA Moscow but took one point from two Champions League matches against Bayer Leverkusen before failing to make it out of the group.

    Kane's replacement Vincent Janssen opened the scoring with a penalty in an EFL Cup fourth-round clash at Liverpool before a Daniel Sturridge brace sent the hosts through. Such form helped Sturridge to begin Southgate's tenure as England's first-choice striker in Kane's absence for the World Cup qualifiers versus Malta and Slovenia.

    March 2017 – Millwall (H)

    Ten minutes into a 6-0 rout against fellow Londoners Millwall in the sixth round of the FA Cup, Kane suffered a similar injury to his right ankle, albeit less severe. The three Premier League matches he sat out against Southampton, Burnley and Swansea City all ended in Spurs victories, while England's encounters with Germany and Lithuania later in the month were also out of the question. He was back to score in the semi-final showdown versus Chelsea but could not avert a 4-2 loss.

    March 2018 – Bournemouth (A)

    Kane finished Russia 2018 as the proud winner of the Golden Boot but alarm bells were ringing four months earlier when another right ankle problem struck at Bournemouth. Despite departing the Vitality Stadium in a protective boot, the forward's convalescence was brief. England's March friendlies with Netherlands and Spain came too soon, as did the FA Cup quarter-final win over Swansea, but Kane was back as a late substitute in Tottenham's next Premier League match – a long-awaited 3-1 win at Chelsea.

    January 2019 – Manchester United (H)

    Pochettino will hope for a similarly ahead-of-schedule return as Spurs look towards a possible EFL Cup final, north London derby and Champions League last-16 clash with Borussia Dortmund as February turns into March. It should be noted this injury is the first to Kane's left ankle and not his right as on the three previous occasions.

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