Manchester United have qualified for the Champions League round of 16 after beating Villarreal 2-0 at El Madrigal in Michael Carrick’s first game.

Second-half goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho kept United bouncing back on Sunday after club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked.

With back-to-back games against Chelsea and Arsenal, United gained priceless confidence by beating Unai Emery’s side.

Here were our four best players in the win against the Yellow Submarine.

David De Gea

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United’s number one was at their best when called up, but it was his second save against Manu Trigueros that gave United a chance to continue winning the game.

The Spaniard showed his lightning reflexes to contest his compatriot after the ball flew through Harry Maguire’s legs.

On a night when United needed their great players to rise to the top and take responsibility, de Gea did just that.

With United heading for leaders Chelsea on Sunday, de Gea will have to do their best to thwart Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Victor Lindelof

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Like many of his team-mates, the Swede will acknowledge that his recent performances have not been good enough.

But United’s number two showed a relaxed and dominant performance against the reigning Europa League champions.

Not playing against a physical striker benefited the 27-year-old, but no player made more leeway (8) from both sides than the former Benfica man (WhoScored).

His positioning was spot on from the collision and he also made two tackles and blocked two shots.

With neither Maguire nor Raphael Varane in the duel against Chelsea, Lindelof has to face the potential challenge of former teammate Romelu Lukaku.


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Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no longer in charge, Carrick Scott still entrusted McTominay and Fred as his midfield pair.

The Brazilian international was brought back into the starting line-up after being substituted on in the Norwegian’s last game at Watford.

It was the 28-year-old’s pressing and winning the ball that allowed United to score our two goals.

His pressure on Etienne Capoue resulted in Ronaldo breaking the impasse after picking up the ball from Geronimo Rulli.

Even though we were in the lead and the job seemed done, Fred was still pushing and pushing Villarreal and hence our second goal.

Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes combined which allowed Sancho to score his first goal for the club.

Jadon Sancho

Villarreal - Manchester United - UEFA Champions League(Photo by David S. Bustamante / Soccrates / Getty Images)

This was the game that Sancho eventually announced as a Manchester United player.

He looked radiant from the start and every time he was in possession he wanted to exchange quick passes with players like Donny van de Beek or whip a tempting cross at Ronaldo.

Not only was Sancho’s performance with the ball impressive, no Manchester United player had more tackles than the England international (4).

This was United’s perfect response, rounded off by Sancho’s first goal for the club.

Failure could help unlock the former Dortmund and see him nail the right place in United’s attack.

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