Villarreal and Manchester United face this Tuesday at the Estadio de la Cerámica a decisive match for the future of the group, since both teams can certify their classification of winning this match, based on the result of Atalanta, which is third two points behind both and that is measured to the Young Boys in Switzerland.
The people of Castellón come to this meeting after adding three games without losing, which allows them to leave a little behind what had been one of the worst streaks in recent times. A reaction that makes Emery’s team can come to this game with more peace of mind than they had a little over a month ago, when they had added four league games without winning.
A better situation than that of United, which comes after one of its worst streaks, which has led to the change of manager. Thus, ehe English team fired Solskjaer this weekend after losing to Watford, which means that in Ceramics the team will be directed for the moment and internally, by Michael Carrick.
In the sports chapter, the Spanish team comes to this game with many doubts, since there are up to four players who are doubtful for this match: Paco Alcácer, Arnaut Danjuma, Étienne Capoue and Sergio Asenjo.
Right now it is not clear if it will be possible to count on all or some, while the absences of the injured Gerard Moreno and Serge Aurier, who has no record in this competition, are certain. What’s more, coach Unai Emery pointed out that players like Coquelin, Yeremy Pino or Chukwueze, still have some discomfort.
For its part, Manchester United has barely had time to recover from the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and this Tuesday he will be back on the pitch. The Norwegian’s departure after three years in office He has left a void on the bench that will be filled as an interim coach by the one who was his second, Michael Carrick, so no drastic change in management is expected.
Carrick will have an easy time enhancing the image that ‘Red Devils’ gave in the first leg, when they were only saved by the poor marksmanship of Unai Emery and a Cristiano Ronaldo who has his fetish competition in the Champions League for another year.
He accumulates four goals and all of them have meant points for his team. However, his scoring power has been fading since the start of the campaign and has not seen a door in the last two league games and neither in the international breakl. In total, he has not smelled the goal in four games, too much for a predator like him.
As Solskjaer’s last service, it remains to have recovered for the cause Jadon Sancho, practically inconsequential since he arrived in summer and with increasing weight in the band, and Donny Van de Beek, who scored against Watford and has enjoyed little by little more minutes. Carrick will have the safe discharge of Raphael Varane and Mason Greenwood, the first due to injury and the second due to covid, and the doubt of Edinson Cavani.
Villarreal: Rulli, Juan Foyth, Raúl Albiol, Pau Torres, Pervis Estupiñán; Vicente Iborra or Capoue, Parejo, Coquelin, Manu Trigueros; Boulayé Dia and Yeremy Pino or Samu Chukwueze
Manchester United: De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, McTominay, Fernandes; Cristiano, Sancho and Rashford.
Referee: Felix Brych (German)
Stadium: The ceramic.
Hour: 18:45 hours (-1 GMT).