Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United begin the post-Solskjaer era with a challenging trip to Villarreal in the Champions League.
The post-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era begins for Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United in a Champions League trip to Villarreal on Tuesday evening.
The spotlight is very much at the Estadio de la Ceramica, for an exciting match on Tuesday. Both teams are fighting to secure qualification and face different obstacles. Villarreal have been poor in La Liga and need a result at home, while Manchester United caretaker boss Michael Carrick takes his first-ever game as a head coach.
Villarreal are not exactly pulling up trees for goals at present hitting the target 1.6 times on average in previous Champions League matches. At least they concede little, with an average of 1.3 goals against them.
Manchester United will hope to better the latter number in Spain. The Red Devils are rather decent in the goal-scoring department with 1.4 goals scored per game at present in the Champions League. Amazingly, they concede even more at the moment with an average of 2.2 goals against. Bookmakers do not expect them to be outscored against Villarreal though.
Stats and analysis
After collecting 7 points from their first four Champions League matches, Villarreal still have a good chance of seeing the next stage. To claim first place in Group F requires a win in this 5th round match, while second place remains possible with a draw.
With 7 points from their initial four Champions League outings, Manchester United remains within reach of the knock out stages. They probably need a win to claim first place in Group F, but a draw in 5th round match could do the trick, with a bit of luck.
Facts and figures for Villarreal vs Manchester United in Champions League.
- Villarreal conceded in the last 17 of 19 matches;
- Villarreal scored in the last 6 of 8 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Villarreal’s last 4 of 6 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Villarreal’s last 2 of 4 matches.
- Manchester United unbeaten the last 3 matches in a row;
- Manchester United did not win the last 4 matches in a row when playing away;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Manchester United’s last 13 of 15 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Manchester United’s last 11 matches in the row.
Lineup Villarreal vs Manchester United
Current form — Villarreal v. Manchester United
Villarreal look well suited to take on any opponent at the moment, as their last 3 matches saw them gain 7 points. They ran out 2-0 and 1-0 against BSC Young Boys and Getafe respectively. Their winning streak came to an end against Celta Vigo, who claimed a point in a 1-1 draw.
Only a single point prevents Manchester United from having nothing to show for their previous 3 games. They claimed a point in a 2-2 draw against Atalanta before getting trounced against Manchester City by a 0-2 score. Last time out, more disappointment followed as Watford ran out 4-1 winners.
Villarreal v. Manchester United — fixture history
The last match between these teams was a Champions League match back on 29 September 2021 and saw Manchester United claim a 2-1 victory.
Villarreal head into their upcoming match against Manchester United with a 17% winning record in recent Champions League meetings. In 6 encounters, that amounts to a 1-4-1 record for the home side, as they amassed a win rate of 17%. In the last 6 meetings of these teams, the opponents played on an equal footing.
Full Time betting
The bookmakers have the two sides more or less evenly matched in the betting market. Betting on Villarreal will payout at 3.00 at the timing of writing. If you wish to bet the draw, there are odds at 3.60 on offer, while an away win for Manchester United pays out at 2.70.
It is difficult to look past Arnaut Danjuma, when on the search for a marksman. He seems to be on a strong run, as he hit the target 2 times lately for Villarreal. Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to score 4 times in the last half dozen matches for Manchester United. It is safe to say that he will be determined to add to his tally here.