What we saw at Old Trafford on Tuesday showed why Juventus can win the Champions League this season and why Manchester United are not.
There was a big class difference between the two teams – United ranked 10th in the Premier League The league has a reason, while Juve is one of the best teams in Europe and has everything it takes to be successful.
The Italian champion has a good goalkeeper, two fullbacks who are like flying machines, and two stones in central defense – which are likely to form the best defensive partnership in the Champions League this season.
You have control and serenity in midfield, as well as someone like Blaise Matuidi who is ready to do some donkey work, and then there is the brilliance of Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo in front.
Go through their team and it's as complete as any other in the Champions League this season.
Juventus are so good, I believe they not only have an excellent chance of going far In the competition, I actually believe that they will win it. For me they are the team to beat.
Maybe they do not always play a nice football, but they know how to score goals, how to defend them, and how to watch games.
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They signed him in the summer of Real Madrid to bring him the Champions League for the first time since 1996 (19659002) People were wondering why Dybala had so much space in the first half, but that was because United was focused on stopping Ronaldo.
Alone his presence meant that when the ball near the box, defenders marked him or watched him. That spared Dybala several times, not just when he scored the winning goal.
Juve is also a rear cast
First In the 60th minute, Juve's strikers were sensational in their movement and the positions, but the Italian champions also defended well in the closing stages.
At no time did Juve lose control or class. Player by player, I thought they would be the stronger team if I looked through the lineup before kicking off, and no big bet from United could bridge that quality gap.
To hurt the really big thugs, you need quality and magic in the last third, and on Tuesday United did not.
They barely had any service on their top three, and when they did, they never looked to create a clear chance.
Paul Pogba hit the post from scratch, but there was never a moment in the game that I thought United would score.
Mourinho was later justified in praising Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, as the Juventus defenders played a master class.
In the end, United's players probably thought there was no point in playing the ball forward because they were always there to eliminate any danger.
United lacks quality but not mind
Juve was different level, but there were some positives for United – there was no problem with her effort, her togetherness or her mind.
Yes, they were well beaten, but it was not because of the lack of attempts, because of a lack of team ethics, or because their players were unwilling to put their bodies on the line.
Against Juve I saw the same determination that United showed when he came from behind to beat Newcastle and draw with Chelsea, but they were just short of that little bit of quality needed to be achieved against a very good team.
Therefore, I do not think you can be too critical towards United – I tried not to be too negative in my comment on BBC Radio 5 live – and you just have to say that they were beaten from a better side.
Sometimes you just have to accept it when that happens instead of looking for someone to blame. 19659002] Pogba is usually in the line of fire when United l
He had United's two best goal shots and glimpses of his passing ability, but he spent most of the first hour of the game protecting his four by he went from box to box and keep moving
It showed the kind of discipline people wanted him to do – and I think he did the same thing against Newcastle and Chelsea as well.
A win in seven – but this is not a crisis
Romelu Lukaku has now conceded eight games without conceding and his performance against Juventus has been questioned afterwards
But if you want to know why he does not do so on Tuesday A lot has done, you have the caliber of the center-back, against whom he played, and also ask if he has got the right service – and no, he has not.
I can not remember a clear chance against Juve or Chelsea over the weekend.  Of course, he has to do more for himself, because in United's they needed their striker to win the game in the same way as Ronaldo and Dybala for Juve.
But you could say the same thing about Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who did not do much either.
I think Lukaku The levels have dropped a bit, especially when compared to the player we saw at the World Cup in Russia.
But I see no other way United can take the lead the way he does. He's a player I have to stick with and hopefully get back into shape.
Mourinho is of course still receiving criticism, but I said before I think United should stay with him, and that defeat does not change that.
United have won just one of their last seven games, but I do not think it's a crisis because the players have given everything and, if they play at the same level as against Newcastle and Chelsea, their Premier League will Improve results and they will get out of their Champions League group.
Fans must accept that any manager in charge of this United team would have been likely Juventus must continue to play against Mourinho – against Everton on Sunday.
It's important for United to go strong this weekend as they have to climb the Premier League table.
Fourth place has t o their focus is now because they will not win the Premier League or the Champions League, and they need to focus on being back next season.
Phil Neville spoke to Chris Bevan of BBC Sport.