UEFA Champions League Gameweek 2
Sep 29, 2021 KO: 19:00

Man Utd - Villarreal

Old Trafford Manchester
Referee: Felix Zwayer
  53' Paco Alcácer
Alex Telles 60'  
Ronaldo 90+5  

Match preview

No Shaw or Maguire? - How Man Utd could line up against Villarreal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are on a relatively poor run of form, and against Villarreal, they'll have a shot at redemption after losing the Europa League final

His job isn't quite under threat, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to turn Manchester United's form around, and soon.

They may have beaten West Ham in the Premier League, but in all competitions, the Red Devils have lost three of their past four games, including in their Champions League group stage opener against Young Boys.

The win over West Ham followed that defeat, but since then they've lost back-to-back games 1-0; against West Ham in the cup, and Aston Villa in the league.

This poor string of results has heaped pressure on Solskjaer, who is expected to deliver. Having lost to Villarreal in the Europa League final earlier in 2021, missing out on the chance for his first trophy at Old Trafford, the Norwegian manager will be desperate to rectify things and take victory this time around.

One man who won't be able to help them is Aaron Wan-Bissaka due to suspension after he was shown a red card in the aforementioned defeat to Young Boys.

How will Man Utd line up?

While Dean Henderson forced himself into contention last season, that hasn't continued into 2021/22, and David de Gea is firmly the number one 'keeper. He will start in between the sticks, but in front of him, it'll be a new back four.

With Wan-Bissaka suspended, it will be Diogo Dalot at right-back, while both Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw are highly likely to miss the game after limping off against Aston Villa, and subsequently missing training.

That means Victor Lindelof will partner Raphael Varane, with Alex Telles replacing Shaw on the left of the backline.

Scott McTominay and Fred will continue their partnership in the double pivot, allowing Paul Pogba to push forward.

He'll be joined by Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes in the three playing just behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who will lead the line.

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  Average Match Rating  
6.5
  Home  
6.2
6.4
  Away  
6.8
6.5
  Total  
6.5

Match statistics

Man Utd
Statistics
Villarreal
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
10
8
Draws
3
7
Losses
7
5
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
40
31
Goals Per Game
2.00
1.55
More > 2.5 Goals
12
11
More > 3 Goals
8
6
Scored First in a Match
12
11
Scored Both Halves
7
5
Won More > 1 Goal
7
4
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
25
20
Did Not Score
3
5
Both Teams Scored
15
12
Kept Clean Sheet
3
8
Won Without Conceding
2
3
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
734
662
Possession
56
53
Passes
540
489
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
15
10
Shots on Target
5.25
4.25
Goals out of Shots
0.16
0.18
Crosses
16
12
Offsides
2.19
1.95
Penalties
0.15
0.05
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.15
0.40
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
16
15
Interceptions
10
8.00
Own Goals
0.10
0.05
Aerials Won
12
11
Total Shots Conceded
12
13
Shots on Target Conceded
4.15
3.30
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.08
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
12
Yellow Cards
1.70
1.85
Red Cards
0.05
0.15

Injuries

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  6. Shoulder Injury image description
  7. Hip/Thigh Injury image description