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Champions League Football Prediction – Manchester United vs Villarreal

Champions League Football Prediction – Manchester United vs Villarreal

Manchester United will seek vengeance against their Spanish counterparts in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday night. Just over four months after Manchester United lost the Europa League final to Villarreal, here is our Champions League football prediction – Manchester United vs Villarreal.

In their first Group F match, the Red Devils surprisingly lost (football prediction) 2-1 to Young Boys (the football news).

Meanwhile, for their Champions League football match, the Yellow Submarine were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Atalanta.

Team News

Manchester United

  • Under much duress, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to be also missing three of his regular back four on Wednesday night.
  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka is facing suspension after receiving a straight red card in the Champions League last time out.
  • Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire are both also out, but they’re absent with injuries.
  • Donny van de Beek, Jadon Sancho, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, and Edinson Cavani will all be in contention to start.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has 13 goals in 19 career games against Villarreal. But only two of them have come in the last six years.

Manchester United possible starting lineup: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo

Villarreal

  • Gerard Moreno scored in Villarreal’s Europa League final victory over Manchester United in May. But here, he appears to be unavailable after missing the weekend match against Real Madrid.
  • Meanwhile, the away team is still without highly rated winger Samuel Chukwueze. Dani Raba and Yeremi Pino are also out and Francis Coquelin is under leave.
  • Pau Torres returned from a long break earlier this month and will face Manchester United in this match.

Villarreal possible starting lineup: Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, A. Moreno; Parejo, Capoue, Trigueros; Danjuma, Alcacer, Pino

Champions League Football Prediction – Manchester United vs Villarreal

  • Manchester United have lost three of their last four games in all competitions. And manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after a busy summer transfer window.
  • After losing their first Champions League game away to Young Boys, furthemore, Manchester United are already lagging in the competition. The Red Devils lost on penalties to Villarreal in the Europa League final last season. And they have drawn all five meetings within 90 minutes.
  • Villarreal have struggled since winning the Europa League final in May. They drew six of their first seven matches this season in all competitions. Given these two clubs’ head-to-head record, another draw on Wednesday appears highly likely.

The pressure is mounting on Solskjaer as Manchester United fans expect their team to perform at a much higher level. This is particularly true for games they must win easily.

Wednesday’s game is another that the Red Devils will be favorites to win. And a defeat here would severely jeopardize their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

Solskjaer is desperate for a response from his players. But they could be in for another difficult evening against a resilient Villarreal team that has been difficult to break down so far this season.

So, finally, another draw between the two sides at Old Trafford could be on the cards.

Our Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Villarreal

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