Villarreal vs Manchester United: Champions League Preview, H2H & Predicted Line-ups

The caretaker manager Michael Carrick will guide Manchester United at La Ceramica in their crunch UEFA Champions League encounter against Villarreal, with the betting odds firmly against the visitors after a bruising weekend.

A thumping 4-1 defeat at the hands of Watford over the weekend saw the Old Trafford powerbrokers sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid the Red Devils’ rough patch.

Despite completing several eye-catching deals in the summer, including the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, Man United are on the verge of missing out on the Premier League title and possibly a top-four spot already in November.

Trailing league toppers Chelsea by a whopping 12 points, the three-time European champions will need a miracle to fight their way back into the title race.

On the other hand, they have experienced contrasting fortunes in the Premier League, where they look to be in a prime position to reach the knock-out stages and if you are inclined to bet on the Champions League, you can use different betting bonuses on sportsbooks to help you get started or get access to great signup offers.

Heading into the final two matchdays, Man United sit atop Group F, level on points with Villarreal and two clear of third-placed Atalanta.

Villarreal vs Manchester United Head-to-Head

Man United came from behind to snatch away a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo’s late heroics.

The sides had met four times in the Champions League prior to their September showdown, with each of those meetings yielding scoreless draws.

However, Villarreal defeated United when it mattered most, coming out victorious in last season’s Europa League grand final following a nail-biting penalty shoot-out. 

Villareal Preview

Villarreal head into proceedings on the back of a 1-1 away draw with Celta Vigo in La Liga, as they continue to underperform in the domestic championship this season.

Having won just 23% of their opening 13 top-flight matches this term, Unai Emery’s men are currently languishing in 12th in the La Liga standings. 

But Villarreal’s performances in the Champions League have been a stark contrast to their domestic struggle, with the Yellow Submarine losing just once in four group stage games (W2, D1). 

Indeed, while they’ve averaged a measly 1.15 goals per match in La Liga this season, the Spaniards have netted 2+ goals in three of their four Champions League fixtures to date.

Worryingly, though, Villarreal have never outplayed English opponents in Europe’s most prestigious club competition, albeit 54.55% of their Champions League clashes against such rivals ended as a draw (D6, L5).

Manchester United Preview

Man United have picked themselves up from a frustrating 2-1 defeat away to Young Boys in their Champions League curtain-raiser, going unbeaten in their subsequent three group matches (W2, D1). 

Yet, their showings have been far from convincing, with virtually everything hinging on Ronaldo’s brilliance. 

The 36-year-old netted much-needed winners against Villarreal and Atalanta on Matchday 2 and 3 before notching up a brace in United’s 2-2 draw in Bergamo last time out.

Ronaldo may have to step up to the plate again if the Red Devils are to improve their indifferent form in their Champions League away games, having won just seven of the last 24 on foreign soil (D6, L11).

What’s more, the Premier League heavyweights have yet to keep a clean sheet in the Champions League this term, conceding an average of 1.5 goals per match.

Still, a victory at Villarreal would seal Man United’s automatic qualification for the knock-out rounds with a matchday to spare, provided that Atalanta fail to beat Young Boys on the road.

Villarreal vs Manchester United Predicted Line-ups

Villarreal (4-3-3): GeronimoRulli; Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza; Dani Parejo, Etienne Capoue, Francsis Coquelin; Yermi Pino, Boulaye Dia, Arnaut Danjuma.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot; Donny van de Beek, Fred; Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Cristiano Ronaldo.

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