Cristiano Ronaldo and Jason Sancho scored as Manchester United beat Villarreal 2-0 to start life without Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on good note and also secure their first Champions League away of the season.
Interim manager Michael Carrick made four changes to the line up that lost 4-1 to Watford last Saturday, with Dutch midfielder Van de Beek starting ahead of Bruno Fernandes.
But Villarreal started brightly, creating two big chances in the first ten minutes. A save from De Gea on Moi Gomez from the edge of the box and Yeremi Pino’s shot which struck the side netting.
In the second half, Man Utd started building up play and taking the game to Villarreal with Bruno Fernandes and Jason Sancho showing glimpses.
Star man Cristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue in the 78th minutes with a lobbed ball over Rulli to record his 140th goal in the Champions League.
Jason Sancho his scored his first goal for the club to make it 2-0 in the 90th minute and to eventually wrap up an important win at Villarreal.
The result means Manchester United have qualified for the knock out stage but for Villarreal, they need a win in their last match against Atalanta to qualify.
By David Kofi Tei|3sports|Ghana