Manchester United – Juventus: Paulo Dybala steals the limelight in Allegri’s dominant setup (0-1)
Despite all the pre-printed headlines of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford, Paolo Dybala was the standout performer in this match. Juventus manager Max Allegri put on a clinic in a cruelly comfortable win for Juventus. Their domination of the ball and control of central areas never gave United a moment’s rest, as the movements and rotations proved to be far too much to handle.
Coming into this game off the back of a rare impressive performance, away at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, José Mourinho changed nothing to his starting eleven. The only drawbacks came on the bench, where Alexis Sánchez was now completely absent through injury.
As for Allegri’s Juventus, they started this game in a 4-3-3 formation, as they have done all season. The only changes came in the form of personnel, as Giorgio Chiellini replaced Medhi Benatia in defense and Dybala stepped in for the injured Mario Mandžukić.
United defended in a very defensive 4-4-2 formation that sometimes even became a 6-2-2,
against Juve’s flexible 4-3-3 shape.
Juventus take the game to United
From the early stages of this match, it was clear to see that Allegri did not intend to shut up shop and camp deep. In order to exploit United’s shape – which Juventus did incredibly well throughout the match – he chose to overrun the opposition’s two holding midfielders, Nemanja Matić and Paul Pogba.
Juventus’ three midfielders stretched themselves right across the front of . . .