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It was OK. You hope to score in the first half hour. Seconds before half-time took a little bit long. We deserved that goal. We scored from a set play: perfect! We scored two more good goals from open play, so I am happy with that. Also the clean sheet, we gave nothing away. It was a focused win, I would say.

It was great [for Ronaldo to score]. He created, the team creates for him, and we know he has the capabilities to finish. There will come more goals, I am confident of that. [Antony’s substitution] was more or less planned. We know what we have to do [in San Sebastian].

They set up to defend and play on the counter. It took us a while. We got the first goal from a set piece, and it’s good to score from a set piece, so we’re happy with that. When we got 1-0 up, the game opened up, and created more chances, scoring a couple more goals. You have to be calm and clinical to create and take the chances.

We looked for more goals, more spaces, and we found them in the end. It will be nice when [his 100th goal for the club] does happen, it will be a great achievement for myself and my family, but we just focus on the next game. We have to go to Real Sociedad and win by two goals. It’s going to be a tough game, but we look forward to the challenge.

A promising debut for Alejandro Garnacho. A little bit of redemption for Cristiano Ronaldo. Qualification for the knockout-round play-offs at least. Even the social-media department will be happy, as Antony’s Amazing 720 Degrees of Nonsense™ is sure to become an internet sensation. United can still win the group, too, though they’ll need to beat Real Sociedad 2-0 in San Sebastian next week to make sure.

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