On Wednesday when Manchester United will meet Villarreal in the Champions League group stage the Red Devils will seek vengeance against their Spanish counterparts. The two teams will meet just over four months after losing the Europa League final to Villarreal. In their first Group F match, United was defeated 2-1 by Young Boys, while the Yellow Submarine were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Atalanta. Here is our expert guess on Manchester United vs Villarreal football prediction for the Champions League match of the season.
Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire are both out with injuries, on the other hand, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also suspended after receiving a straight red card in the Champions League last time out
Donny van de Beek, Jadon Sancho, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, and Edinson Cavani will all be in contention to start against Villarreal.
In 19 games against Villarreal, Cristiano Ronaldo has 13 goals but only two of them have come in the last six.
Villarreal will miss Gerard Moreno, who scored in Europa League final victory over Manchester United in May.
Dani Raba and Yeremi Pino have also been ruled out along with highly-rated winger Samuel Chukwueze. Francis Coquelin has been placed on leave.
Pau Torres will face Manchester United in this match after returning from a long break earlier this month.
Manchester United vs Villarreal Prediction
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after a busy summer transfer window and the team has lost three of their last four games in all competitions. In the Europa League final last season they lost on penalties to Villarreal and have drawn all five meetings within 90 minutes.
Since winning the Europa League final in May Villarreal has struggled drawing 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.
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. Another draw between the two sides at Old Trafford could be on the cards.
Manchester United possible starting lineup: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo
Villarreal possible starting lineup: Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, A. Moreno; Parejo, Capoue, Trigueros; Danjuma, Alcacer, Pino
Our Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Villarreal
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