Jose Mourinho's side had looked utterly toothless in attack but after the Portuguese threw on Mata, Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford late in the game they staged the most unlikely of comebacks, recalling their epic 3-2 win from two goals down in Turin in the 1999 semi-finals.
Ronaldo scored for Juventus as they lost to Manchester United last night, with the Red Devils emerging from the showdown with a key three points to their name. As Cristiano Ronaldo was keen to point out, Juventus should have been three or four up by the time Juan Mata equalised with that sumptuous pressure free-kick. Juventus' defense will again be hard for United to play against.
Not for nothing were the 2,000 travelling fans singing "Oh what a night" among other songs ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby, the third hard away game in eight days, the first two of those 2-1 victories.
"United players need to have the personality to cope with that".
As I said on 5 live, I would not single out any of United's players for praise.
Mourinho's team needed two goals in the last four minutes but are now in a fantastic position to qualify from Group H and make it into the knockout rounds.
Unbeaten in all competitions so far in 2018-19, Juve looked set for yet another win when Cristiano Ronaldo sent them ahead in the second half against struggling United. City have scored 12 goals in their last two matches and are in unbelievable form, with Riyad Mahrez showing why he was right to leave Leicester and join a bigger club.
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United will be confident but I'm not sure Mourinho is the type of manager who will go for it at the Etihad.
Goaded by the home fans throughout, he reacted at the end by surging on to the field and cupping his ear to the home supporters before being led off the field. United's man in form and their most unsafe forward again.
Jose Mourinho has revealed his gesture to Juventus fans after Manchester United's 2-1 win in Turin was payback for "90 minutes" of insults.
"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.
Perhaps, but Bayern Munich were also the better side in the 1999 Champions League final and their name wasn't engraved on the trophy.
City has only dropped points against Liverpool this season and has lost only one league match at home in almost two years - but that was against United in April.
MF Paul Pogba, 6 - Back at the club where he made himself a star, it was one of those nights when nothing seemed to come off.