Manchester United targets their second win in a row in Group F of the Champions League when they host Villarreal. Predictions and odds for this Manchester United versus Villarreal match to be played at Old Trafford are available.
United are reeling from two straight 1-0 defeats heading into this match, first to visit West Ham United in the third round of the League Cup, and also at home to Aston Villa in the Premier League.
The Yellow Submarine travel to Old Trafford after battling hosts Real Madrid to a scoreless standoff in the La Liga. They eye a first win in Group F of the CL after starting with a 2-2 draw against visiting Atalanta.
The five clashes in European competition between Manchester United and Villarreal have all ended in draws, with four of them goalless, except for last season's UEFA Europa League final (1-1), which the Spaniards won 11-10 on penalties.
In addition, the four UEFA Champions League clashes between Manchester United and Villarreal have all finished 0-0, making it the most played fixture in the history of the competition to see no goals scored.
United are winless in their last seven games against Spanish teams in the UEFA Champions League (3 draws, 4 losses), with their last such victory coming against Real Sociedad back in October 2013 (1-0).
Villarreal is without a loss in their last 16 major UEFA European games (12 wins, 4 draws) across the Europa League and Champions League, the longest current run of any side. The only Spanish team to have a longer run of unbeaten games in UEFA European history is Espanyol between September 2006 and November 2019 (20 in a row).
FOCUS ON RONALDO
If he sees action in this game, it will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s first UEFA Champions League game at Old Trafford for Manchester United since April 2009 (1-0 v Arsenal). The Portuguese ace was directly involved in 12 goals in his final 15 home games in his first spell for the Red Devils in the competition, netting seven goals and providing five assists.
Ronaldo will break Iker Casillas’ record for Champions League appearances if he appears in this match, setting a new record of 178 games. However, Ronaldo has never scored against Villarreal in four previous appearances against them in the competition, only facing Lille and Benfica as often without finding the net (also four games against them).
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