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Villarreal vs Man United preview: Team news, kick-off time, ref, venue and predicted line-up

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Manchester United will file out against Villarreal on Tuesday evening in one of UEFA Champions League matchday 5 group F fixtures, but this time without one man – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian was sacked on Sunday following a 4-1 embarrassing defeat to Watford in the English Premier League on Saturday.

 

 

That loss was the fifth of their last seven in England’s top flight, including four of their last five against Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City and Watford.

As a replacement, Michael Carrick has been handed the baton on the interim, and will be in charge when Manchester United file out against Villarreal.

The English team, sitting top of Group F on goals difference, needs an outright victory to make it through to the knockout stage, while Villarreal, also on seven points with United, need a win and as many goals, with the hope that Young Boys avoid defeat against Atalanta in the other fixture of the group.

 

 

Injuries

While Samuel Chukwueze is now back from injury and playing, Villarreal will again be without the services of key forward Gerard Moreno due to a hamstring injury, while Serge Aurier is ineligible for the Yellow Submarine in the Champions League.

The home side are also sweating on the fitness of Arnaut Danjuma and Etienne Capoue, but both players are expected to win their battle to be fit, having missed out against Celta.

For new interim manager Carrick, he will be without Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane through injury, while Mason Greenwood is absent after testing positive to Covid-19.

 

 

It is also unlikely that Edinson Cavani will recover from a tendon issue in time, while Luke Shaw suffered another suspended concussion against Watford and could be replaced at left-back by Diogo Dalot.

Kickoff time and venue

The match will Kickoff from 6:45pm at the Estadio de la Ceramica in Spain.

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Referee Felix Brych from Germany will be in charge of proceedings.

 

 

Possible lineup

Villarreal: Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza; Parejo, Capoue, Coquelin; Pino, Dia, Danjuma

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Dalot; Van de Beek, Fred; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo

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