It still is perhaps just a matter of time before they do secure a knockout spot but given how the game unfolded in the first 25 minutes of the second half, United shouldn't have been on the property, let alone have a gander at the backdoor.
Like most foes who go to Juventus, United had been outplayed, but they still played well enough to stay in the game as Rodrigo Betancur, a 21-year-old midfielder who cost only €9 million (Dh37.75m), impressed as much as he had at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial continued his hot streak, scoring in United's 2-1 win over Bournemouth. Manchester United have had their problems this season but their surprise victory was the kind of performance you used to associate them with in the Champions League in terms of not playing very well but winning in the last five minutes.
"I think tonight was a very special win, especially with going 1-0 down, we all know how hard it can be coming here", Shaw said.
"But the team did well, we are still at the top of the group and we have two matches which will allow us to finish first".
"I probably shouldn't have done it", he admitted, via The Times.
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But any hopes Plzen harboured of a shock win were wiped out with two quickfire goals in the 21st and 23rd minutes. Real Madrid took the last contest between the two, winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and Marcelo.
Allegri was asked if he would have reacted similarly to Mourinho.
"With a cool head I wouldn't have done it, but with my family insulted, including my Inter family, I reacted like this".
United played better than it did when the two sides met in Manchester but Juventus had a number of opportunities and had already hit the woodwork twice before Ronaldo struck in the 65th minute.
It's unclear exactly what was said, but it's clear he was provoked.
The turnaround began when Juan Mata scored from a free kick four minutes from full-time, having been brought on as a substitute by Jose Mourinho in the 79th minute.
Cristiano Ronaldo was quiet for the first hour or so of Juventus' match with Manchester United on Wednesday in the Champions League group stage.
"After training I get the ball and try".