Jesse Lingard took the opportunity to poke fun at Cristiano Ronaldo after Manchester United’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League.
Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 65th minute with an outrageous volley against his former club before two late goals secured a crucial away win for Jose Mourinho’s visitors.
While former Juve midfielder Paul Pogba refused to celebrate Alex Sandro’s own goal at the death, Ronaldo wound up United supporters with a bizarre reaction to his opener.
The Portuguese forward, who spent six years with the Red Devils, lifted his shirt to show off his six-pack and his celebration was universally mocked across social media.
Lingard even joined in on the action with a comparison of his abs next to Ronaldo’s, asking his followers: ‘Who did it better?’ Who Did It Better? 😂😂 #99Physicality #CR pic.twitter.com/1anTYAXvrc— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard)
November 8, 2018 Ronaldo, who won the Champions League with United back in 2008, slammed Mourinho’s negative tactics after Juventus’ defeat.
‘I was happy for the goal, but are a little bit disappointed because we should win the game easily, [by] three or four goals,’ he said. ‘Manchester didn’t do much, in my opinion. They create two chances at set-pieces.
English teams always looking for the set-pieces. ‘But we learned from out mistakes and we are still top of the group, so we are good.’
Juan Mata lifted the lid on a conversation he had with Ashley Young in the moments leading up to his exquisite equaliser.
The Spaniard told MUTV: ‘As soon as there was the free-kick in there, I had the confidence that I had to take it. ‘I told Ash: “Please let me take it, because I can go over the wall.” ‘It’s very difficult for the goalkeeper because they don’t see a lot [with the wall so close].
‘So I tried to do what I do in training a lot of times, practicing, practicing.
It was important to score to make it 1-1 and, after, it led us to the 1-2. ‘I think because of the venue and the importance of the game, it’s one of the best [that I’ve scored].’