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Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho sent Manchester United into the Champions League round of 16 as Michael Carrick’s interim tenure started with a 2-0 win over Villarreal at La Ceramica on Tuesday.

Portugal captain Ronaldo has scored in each of United’s five Champions League matches so far and netted either a late winner or equaliser in the last four in Group F.

Carrick made four changes from the 4-1 humbling at Watford on Saturday, which sealed former Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fate, with Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek, Fred and Anthony Martial starting.

Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford were left on the bench.

There was a lengthy delay to kick-off due to a communication issue for the match officials, and there were audible boos from the crowd as the visiting players took a knee.

It was a fairly even first half with neither side creating clear-cut chances before United goalkeeper David de Gea produced a stunning save as he clawed Manu Trigueros’ effort over the bar on 59 minutes.

With Villarreal starting to take control in the match, Carrick sent on Fernandes and Rashford on 66 minutes, and the substitutions produced a complete change in momentum as United began to grow in the game.

With the game petering out to a draw, Ronaldo capitalised on a defensive mix-up after Fred had tackled Etienne Capoue to lob the ball over Geronimo Rulli.

Having come close to scoring earlier, Sancho finally did score his first for United as he rifled in a shot after a counterattack involving Rashford and Fernandes.

“It’s not been an easy couple of days for anyone at the club, and that result almost feels like it’s for Ole,” Carrick said after the match. “We had a job to do, and things needed to be taken care of. I was happy to do it, and thankfully it all went to plan. When you’ve suffered results-wise and aren’t in good form, individually, and as a team, it’s not easy to come out and let everything click. We had to show some character and fight.”

(Reuters/NAN)

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