Juventus used Manchester United defeat as motivation to beat AC Milan, reveals boss Massimiliano Allegri

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri praised his side for learning from their defeat to Manchester United and responding with a 2-0 victory over AC Milan on Sunday evening.

The Italian side suffered a 2-1 loss against United in the Champions League on Wednesday, but appeared to have put it behind them as they took on their Serie A rivals.

Mario Mandzukic led the way with his fifth goal of the season before Cristiano Ronaldo added a second late on to restore Juve’s six-point advantage at the top of the Serie A table. Allegri described the result as a “big step forward”.


Juventus vs Manchester United – player ratings





1/22 Wojciech Szczesny: 5 out of 10

2/22 Mattia De Sciglio: 7 out of 10

3/22 Leonardo Bonucci: 7 out of 10

4/22 Giorgio Chiellini: 6 out of 10

5/22 Alex Sandro: 6 out of 10

6/22 Juan Cuadrado: 5 out of 10

7/22 Sami Khedira: 6 out of 10

8/22 Miralem Pjanic: 5 out of 10

9/22 Rodrigo Betancur: 7 out of 10

10/22 Paulo Dybala: 6 out of 10

11/22 Cristiano Ronaldo: 7 out of 10

12/22 David De Gea: 7 out of 10

13/22 Ashley Young: 6 out of 10

14/22 Chris Smalling: 6 out of 10

15/22 Victor Lindelof: 6 out of 10

16/22 Luke Shaw: 6 out of 10

17/22 Ander Herrera: 6 out of 10

18/22 Nemanja Matic: 6 out of 10

19/22 Paul Pogba: 5 out of 10

20/22 Jesse Lingard: 6 out of 10

21/22 Ander Herrera: 6 out of 10

22/22 Anthony Martial: 7 out of 10

1/22 Wojciech Szczesny: 5 out of 10

2/22 Mattia De Sciglio: 7 out of 10

3/22 Leonardo Bonucci: 7 out of 10

4/22 Giorgio Chiellini: 6 out of 10

5/22 Alex Sandro: 6 out of 10

6/22 Juan Cuadrado: 5 out of 10

7/22 Sami Khedira: 6 out of 10

8/22 Miralem Pjanic: 5 out of 10

9/22 Rodrigo Betancur: 7 out of 10

10/22 Paulo Dybala: 6 out of 10

11/22 Cristiano Ronaldo: 7 out of 10

12/22 David De Gea: 7 out of 10

13/22 Ashley Young: 6 out of 10

14/22 Chris Smalling: 6 out of 10

15/22 Victor Lindelof: 6 out of 10

16/22 Luke Shaw: 6 out of 10

17/22 Ander Herrera: 6 out of 10

18/22 Nemanja Matic: 6 out of 10

19/22 Paul Pogba: 5 out of 10

20/22 Jesse Lingard: 6 out of 10

21/22 Ander Herrera: 6 out of 10

22/22 Anthony Martial: 7 out of 10

“Losing against Manchester United has done us good and tonight it was a good response from the team,” he told Juve’s official website. “We were a bit shell-shocked by the result on Wednesday but the boys went on the attack straight away in this game.

“We gave away a penalty after a counter attack, which was the only time Alex Sandro and [Blaise] Matuidi both pushed up, but [Wojciech] Szczesny did really well to save.

“This game is a big step forward in the league because we’ve created a nine-point gap with Inter and we’re still six points clear of Napoli.”

The game began with a high tempo as both teams pushed for the opener in the early stages. It took Juventus just eight minutes to break the deadlock as Mandzukic rose high above Ricardo Rodriguez at the back post to head Alex Sandro’s pinpoint cross beyond Milan’s teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Mandzukic had a chance to score what would have been a carbon-copy goal three minutes later but this time the ball was turned behind for a corner just before it reached him.

Argentina international Higuain, who joined Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan on loan from Juve to pave the way for Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid, saw a first-half spot-kick saved by Wojciech Szczesny which would have levelled the score before he was dismissed late on.

Juventus flew out of the blocks in the second half, and Ronaldo doubled Juve’s lead nine minutes before the end, slamming in the rebound after Joao Cancelo’s fierce drive had been parried by Donnarumma.

Allegri added: “In the first half, we perhaps could have organised ourselves better in possession. In the second we did better and we were ruthless from a defensive point of view.”

AC Milan manager Gattuso said Juve had shown they had “something more than us both physically and individually”.

“There are a lot of positive aspects, even if we are doing things halfway right now,” he told Milan’s official website. “The team has changed as per character level, they know how to suffer and stay on the pitch.

“But, we lost a bit of vivacity and technique: we must combine both things together.”

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