Jadon Sancho scored his first goal for Manchester United since his £73m transfer as the Red Devils began the post Ole Gunnar Solskjaer period with victory against Villarreal to secure passage to the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Sancho sealed the win with United’s second in the 90th minute after Cristiano Ronaldo had given the visitors a 78th-minute lead.
It was the first game for the Premier League side following the dismissal of former boss Solskjaer and they marked it with their first win and clean sheet in four matches in an auspicious start for caretaker boss Michael Carrick.
The win takes United top of Group F on 10 points, three more than their Spanish opponents and effectively sealed their place in the knockout round. Atalanta can climb above Villarreal into second spot with victory at bottom side Young Boys later on Tuesday.
Nigerian international Samuel Chukwueze was a 73rd-minute substitute for the Yellow Submarines but barely had an effect on the game and Villarreal must now win against Atalanta in their final group match to progress to the next round.
Elsewhere, Robert Lewandowski scored his ninth goal in this season’s Champions League as Bayern Munich extended their one hundred per cent record in Group E with a 2-1 win at Dynamo Kiev.
The Polish forward scored a spectacular overhead kick to give the Bavarians the lead before Kingsley Conan added a second to give the Bundesliga side a 2-0 lead at half time.
Denys Garmash pulled one back for the Ukrainians late on but Bayern held on for the win that killed off Dynamo Kiev’s chances of progressing to the knockout stage.
The Ukrainians occupy last place on a solitary point with Barcelona and Benfica who are in action later on in Spain have six points and four points respectively.