Injury concerns for Man Utd ahead of Villarreal

Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica Date: Tuesday, 23 November Kick-off: 17:45 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport website with build-up starting at 17:30. Text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Manchester United have a number of injury worries for the Champions League game with Villarreal, their first match since sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Paul Pogba (thigh) and Raphael Varane (hamstring) are again missing while Luke Shaw appeared to sustain another concussion injury against Watford.

Mason Greenwood has tested positive for Covid-19 and fellow forward Edinson Cavani (tendon) remains a doubt.

Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno looks set to miss out with a hamstring injury.

What do Man Utd need?

Michael Carrick, a Champions League winner with United in his 12 years at Old Trafford as a player, has been put in temporary charge following Solskjaer’s dismissal on Sunday.

Not only do United head to Spain without a manager, they are also without a win in three matches.

Since beating Villarreal at Old Trafford on 29 September thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 95th minute winner, the Red Devils have won just two matches out of eight.

However, they remain in a strong position in Group F.

Both United and Villarreal have seven points, with Atalanta in third spot on five points.

If the top two teams are tied on points, points in head-to-head matches between the tied teams will be used to determine who finishes top.

Having already beaten Villarreal this season, United will qualify for the knockout stage if they win in Spain, or if both games in the group are drawn.

‘There’s a responsibility playing for Man Utd’

Carrick has called this a “big match for both clubs” and is urging United’s players to put on a good performance after a turbulent few days at Old Trafford.

“What matters now is getting the right results, how we go about our business,” added the five-time United Premier League winner.

“There’s a responsibility that comes with playing for this club that doesn’t come with playing for many others.

“Villarreal are a very good team. Very well organised and very well coached. They have a good mix, a good balance and we respect that.

“It’s a big game for both teams but it’s one we can really look forward to.”

Villarreal, who sit 12th in La Liga, have drawn their previous two Champions League home games with Manchester United.

Match facts – three Champions League wins in a row for Villarreal?

  • This is Villarreal’s sixth Champions League match against Manchester United. The Yellow Submarine are winless in all five previous meetings (D4 L1).
  • Since losing 2-1 to Manchester United in September, Villarreal have won each of their last two Champions League games, beating Young Boys twice. They are looking to win three consecutive matches in the competition for the very first time.
  • Manchester United have failed to keep a clean sheet in the Champions League this season, shipping seven goals in their four games.
  • Villarreal have never beaten an English club in the Champions League in 11 attempts (D6 L5).
  • Manchester United have only won seven of their last 24 away Champions League matches (D6 L11) and are winless in their last four on the road (D1 L3) since a 2-1 win at Paris St-Germain in October 2020.

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