Both Manchester sides slumped to disappointing defeats on the opening night of the UEFA Champions League.
Premier League leaders City, who have won all five games this season, were beaten 2-1 by a Juventus side who, despite finishing as runners-up in last year’s competition, were yet to win a match in Serie A this term.
A theoretically perfect recipe to help Manuel Pellegrini’s men get over their European blues looked successful once Vincent Kompany headed David Silva’s free-kick onto Giorgio Chiellini and into the Juventus goal. However, for all their control in the game, City were undone by a brilliantly whipped cross from Paul Pogba, which was tapped in by Mario Mandzukic.
Then, with 10 minutes to go, City failed to deal with a long ball, and Alvaro Morata was allowed to skip away from Nicolas Otamendi to hammer home the winner.
Sadly, Manchester United’s loss by the same scoreline to PSV Eindhoven will undoubtedly be remembered for Luke Shaw’s double leg fracture, caused by a challenge from Hector Moreno.
At first, Louis van Gaal’s men seemed unfazed by the injury, as Memphis’ superb solo goal on his return to the Phillips-Stadion put them in front.
Fate dealt United a cruel blow though, as PSV equalised in the added time allotted due to Shaw’s injury – coincidentally, Moreno was the one to head Maxime Lestienne’s cross past David De Gea. Lestienne was the provider for the Dutch side’s winner too, with Luciano Narsingh meeting his cross this time.
In City’s Group D, Sevilla netted two penalties and missed one on their way to a 3-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. Frenchman Kevin Gameiro scored and scuffed one within five minutes of the restart, with Ever Banega netting from the spot soon after. Yehven Konoplyanka added a third late on, sending Los Rojiblancos to the top of the group – Monchengladbach’s search for even a point this season goes on.
United’s next European opponents, Wolfsburg, opened their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win at home to CSKA Moscow; deadline day signing Julian Draxler nodded home the winner.
Cristiano Ronaldo hit his fourth hat-trick in six games as Real Madrid sailed to the top of Group A with a 4-0 triumph against Shakhtar Donetsk; Karim Benzema was also on the scoresheet.
Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain recorded a 2-0 win at home to Swedish side Malmo. Angel Di Maria opened proceedings (his first club goal since scoring for Manchester United at Yeovil Town in January), and Edinson Cavani was on the end of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s delightful flick to wrap up the points for the side from the French capital.
In Group C, rank outsiders FC Astana were halfway to a famous result against Portuguese giants Benfica, before conceding two goals within 15 minutes of the interval. Reported Manchester United target Nicolas Gaitan bagged the first, and former Fulham man Kostas Mitroglou grabbed the second.
Finally, Antoine Griezmann’s first half double was enough for 2014 runners-up Atletico Madrid to take the points away at Galatasaray.
Player of the Night: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Team of the Night: Juventus
Goal of the Night: Alvaro Morata (Juventus)