Jose Mourinho has claimed Manchester United had always hoped to claim the second spot in the Champions League Group H.
A Paulo Dybala goal in the first half proved to be the difference between the two teams as Juventus edged United to register their third consecutive win in the Champions League. The Italian champions are leading all the way with nine points while United are sitting in the second position with four points.
The Red Devils saw themselves conceding position in the first half but were much organised in the second half. Despite making efforts after the interval Mourinho’s men couldn’t find the much needed equaliser due to some desperate defending from Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.
Mourinho said, “Since the draw we knew it would be a fight with Valencia for the second position and that’s what we are going to try.
“We played against one of the biggest, really biggest, candidates to win the Champions League and we did the possible. We could get a different result, especially because of the way we played in the second half.
“We didn’t especially because of Mr Bonucci and Mr Chiellini. They could go to Harvard University to give classes in how to be a central defender. Fantastic, absolutely fantastic.They have talent everywhere. They have quality all over the pitch.
“Juventus are champions for seven years. I think seven years in a row. Two Champions League finals in the last four or five years and they are not happy with what they have. They want more. They had Gonzalo Higuain, Mario Mandzuzkic, Dybala, they want more, they want Ronaldo.
“They go for the best players in the world. So big club, with a big past and also a big desire to have also a big future. They put everything there to try to win the treble. That’s what they want. Because normally they win at home. I think they are really close to that.”