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Man Utd MUN Ronaldo (78'), Sancho (90')
UEFA Champions League Gameweek 5
Nov 23, 2021 KO: 17:45

Villarreal - Man Utd

Estadio de la Cerámica Villarreal
Referee: Felix Brych
  78' Ronaldo
  90' Sancho

Match preview

Post-Ole era begins – How Man Utd could line up against Villarreal

Manchester United will begin the post-Ole era with a Champions League crunch match against Villarreal.

Manchester United will begin life without Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm with a crucial Champions League encounter against Villarreal.

The Norwegian was sacked after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat against Watford, putting to an end a polarising and highly-disputed managerial reign.

A loss for the Red Devils would potentially place them outside of the top two places in Group F heading into the final matchday, while a win could potentially guarantee knockout qualification.

Michael Carrick will be on the touchline while United search for a new head coach, and he will be unlikely to tinker significantly with the squad.

Raphael Varane, Mason Greenwood, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani all remain unavailable for selection for the game.

David De Gea should continue in goal while Eric Bailly could come in to face his former side in place of Victor Lindelof. Alex Telles could also come in for Luke Shaw at left-back after the latter suffered a concussion in the Watford defeat.

Harry Maguire was sent off in the Watford humiliation but should start and captain the side again here, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka likely to complete the back four.

Fred could come in for Nemanja Matic to play at the base of midfield alongside Scott McTominay, with Bruno Fernandes just ahead of them operating in the No.10 role.

With Greenwood out due to a positive COVID-19 test, Jadon Sancho should be given another opportunity to silence the doubters early in his Man Utd career.

Joining Sancho in the attack is likely to be Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo, the latter scored goals in the last 10 minutes of each of the last three Champions League matches, handing United an extra seven points in the process.

Manchester United starting XI versus Villarreal

Man UTD - Football tactics and formations

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Man Utd
  Average Match Rating  
6.8
  Home  
  Away  
6.8
6.8
  Total  
6.8

Match statistics

Villarreal
Statistics
Man Utd
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
6
8
Draws
8
4
Losses
6
8
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
27
32
Goals Per Game
1.35
1.60
More > 2.5 Goals
9
12
More > 3 Goals
5
7
Scored First in a Match
10
10
Scored Both Halves
6
6
Won More > 1 Goal
4
3
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
22
32
Did Not Score
5
4
Both Teams Scored
12
14
Kept Clean Sheet
7
2
Won Without Conceding
3
2
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
663
761
Possession
43
53
Passes
448
554
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
12
14
Shots on Target
4.35
5.00
Goals out of Shots
0.15
0.13
Crosses
12
18
Offsides
2.53
2.67
Penalties
0.00
0.05
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.35
0.10
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
27
19
Interceptions
7.50
12
Own Goals
0.05
0.10
Aerials Won
13
14
Total Shots Conceded
12
13
Shots on Target Conceded
3.55
4.74
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.10
0.11
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
12
9.55
Yellow Cards
2.35
2.00
Red Cards
0.00
0.10

Injuries

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In suspension danger

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