On Tuesday, Manchester United beat Villarreal 2-0 in the first match of the post-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era to reach the Champions League last 16.
When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked as Manchester United manager following the 4-1 defeat against Watford last weekend, Michael Carrick took the reins.
Manu Trigueros and Jadon Sancho both had good chances in the first half, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s 799th goal of his professional career was enough to give Real Madrid the lead at Estadio de la Ceramica.
With an emphatic finish to cap off a slick counterattack, Sancho, who had been shut out of the scoring circle under Solskjaer, ensured United’s spot in the quarterfinals.
Solskjaer and Carrick were booed by United fans after kick-off was postponed owing to a communication issue with the referee.
Goalkeeper David de Gea saved Moi Gomez’s effort and Yeremi Pino’s shot from a loose ball, but Scott McTominay headed into the side-netting in the first half.
Real Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea made an outstanding one-handed stop to deny Trigueros’ first-time shot before Cristiano Ronaldo’s first sight of goal ended in a goalless draw.
De Gea had to make another superb save from Trigueros after a wayward ball bounced to him in the United box. Neither side seemed ready for the matter to be brought to the surface.
Villarreal goalkeeper Rulli made an impressive save from Sancho as United looked to find a winner. However, Rulli was made to pay for his slack pass that allowed Fred to pounce on and set up Ronaldo for an easy tap-in.
Fred had a key role in the second goal as well, gaining back possession to set off a quick burst featuring Ronaldo, McTominay, and Rashford, with Sancho putting the finishing touches on it.