Villarreal vs Manchester United live: Score and latest updates from Champions League

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80 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 1

Do Man Utd deserve to be in front? Probably not, but they have hung in the match, defended well and then capitalised on a mistake. 


GOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Ronaldo Villarreal 0 Man Utd 1

Ronaldo has done it again. A loose pass from the free kick is pounced upon by Fred. He passes to Ronaldo who dinks the ball over the head of the head of the retreating keeper and into the net. Lovely finish.


77 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Rashford crosses the ball towards Ronaldo. Fernandes intercepts the ball and the flag goes up. Both players were offside.


75 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Rashford drives a cross into the six-yard box which is scrambled clear. Better intent from United since Rashford and Fernandes were introduced.


73 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Ronaldo is picked out in the left hand side of the box but the referee says he controlled the ball with his arm. Free kick.

Changes for the hosts; Pino off, replaced by Chukwueze. Alberto Moreno is also on.


72 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Ronaldo passes to Telles who has his loopy cross headed clear. No venom in that delivery. 

Sancho drives at the defence, playing a one-two with Fernandes. He breaks into the box but cannot stroke the ball past the keeper with his left foot! Lovely play, just needed the finish.


69 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Rashford and Sancho link up down the right, the ball running out for a goal kick following a heavy touch from the substitute. 

Rashford darts in behind failing to bring a lofted pass down from Maguire. He is ruled offside in the end anyway.


66 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

The corner is headed clear and the second ball goes straight out for a goal kick.

Changes for United; Rashford for Martial, Fernandes for Van de Beek.


65 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Some nice link up play ends with Danjuma bending a shot well over the bar. Villarreal are well on top here, then winning a corner from another attack.


61 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Villarreal take the corner short, which does not come to anything once more.


59 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

United’s defence has been decent tonight, but their attack has been beyond uninspired. Not quite the new manager bump that was anticipated.

Gomez hits a shot from range which deflects straight to Trigueros. The half-volley is nailed from inside the box and somehow De Gea tips around the post. Superb save!


56 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Gomez works his way into the United box but is then crowded by numerous defenders in blue.


53 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Danjuma finds a load of space on the left wing, but fails to do anything with the time and space provided. Bruno Fernandes is warming up… feels like United could do with him as soon as possible.

Sancho cruises past his defender with ease. His cross is deflected to Fred who curls an effort first time straight at the keeper. Sancho has been the brightest of the United players tonight.


50 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Gomez releases Estupiñán down the left wing who earns his side a corner. Parejo curls the ball towards the back post and Lindelof rises highest to nod it clear. 

McTominay if foulded as he looks to ignite a United attack from deep.


47 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Villarreal begin this half dominating possession, just as they did before the break. The gentle tempo resumes.


The second half is under way

Villarreal get the match restarted.


No goals here, so enjoy this magnificent effort instead


Villarreal were far the better side this half

Man Utd struggled to keep the ball and offered little in attack whereas the hosts made a chance or two.

Lots for Michael Carrick to do in his first team talk.


HALF-TIME: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Danjuma drives into the left side of the box, firing an ambitious shot well wide of the goal from a narrow angle. 

That’s the half.


45 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Fred and Parejo clash, both go down. Play goes on and a deflected shot from Gomez trickles just wide of the Man Utd goal. The corner is taken short. Danjuma crosses into the box but it does not beat the first man. Villarreal retreat, forced to build from deep.

There will be one minute of added time.


42 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Gómez drives forward, putting a low cross into the box which is cleared. Van de Beek charges out, making a bad tackle on Pino. He is rightly yellow carded for the foul yards outside the Man Utd box.

Parejo tries to bend the ball toward goal, the free kick dipping onto the roof of the net. Never challenging the goal, that one.


40 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Lindelof and Danjuma come together as the defender clears the ball. Both players go down and eventually get up on their feet. The home crowd is furious there is no free kick to Villarreal.

At the other end, the ball falls to Van de Beek in the box but he loses the ball. United are forced back to maintain possession. 


37 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

United attack again via Ronaldo. He drives towards the box, linking up with Martial who has his pass deflected back into the path of Ronaldo who attempts a back heel towards Van de Beek. It is intercepted and Villarreal counter.

The attack is stopped as Fred is down in pain. He went down after no one was near him which normally is not a good sign. Matic is warming up. Fred wants to try and carry on, however.


35 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

The free kick is on the left hand side of the pitch, 25 yards out. Ronaldo stands over it. He smashes it straight into the middle of the wall. That was underwhelming. 


33 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Danjuma is picked out in the box by Capoue. He is in space, but a poor first touch means the chance is wasted. Great pass from Capoue.

United attack down the left. Martial rolls the ball towards Telles who is tripped on the edge of the Villarreal box. Free kick and a yellow card for Pino. Textbook professional foul to stop Telles latching onto the pass.


31 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Sancho beats his defender, whipping a superb cross into the six-yard box which is headed behind by Albiol. That was more like it. A flash of attacking intensity.

Telles cannot beat the first man. The ball eventually comes back to him. He lofts a cross to Ronaldo at the back post who heads it into the arms of the keeper after a signature leap.


28 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Pino finds space behind Telles, laying it off to Trigueros who strikes it first time. De Gea makes a good save from a nice strike.

Ronaldo then wins a penalty on half-way, drawing two defenders into a simultaneous challenge.


26 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Villarreal build another attack before giving away the ball on half-way. United spread the play around the back, before McTominay attempts a crossfield over the top which Martial cannot quite keep in play.


24 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

United’s attackers have reshuffled with Ronaldo moving into the middle and Sancho swapping wings. They need to do something!

Ronaldo looks for Van de Beek but overcooks his pass.


22 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

The corner falls to ground and is hacked away by Fred. Villarreal attack once more, Pino scuffing a cross-shot into the stands.

Ronaldo is furious after a free kick is not awarded for a tackle on him from behind from Foyth. That should have been a free kick…


20 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

United press Villarreal but Albiol gets around Martial to set up another attack. Estupiñán finds space down the left wing, winning a corner for his side. 


17 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Maguire buys a free kick as he is pressured near his own goal. United hold the ball briefly before handing it back to the posts. No attacking threat offered thus far.


15 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

It is all Villarreal at the moment… Michael Carrick’s side cannot keep the ball. They are camped deep in their own half like a lower-league minnow.


13 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Villarreal think they have a penalty! A cross strikes Wan-Bissaka, who has his arms close to his body. A corner is awarded… Var will not overturn it. The corner brings another as Lindelof puts it behind.

, Villarreal vs Manchester United live: Score and latest updates from Champions League, The Evepost BBC News

The second corner is headed away, a ball back into the box follows but Torres cannot do anything with it.


10 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Villarreal attack down the left, Gómez sends in a low cross and Maguire hacks it clear. The hosts come again. Danjuma’s shot is deflected into the path of Pino who hits a shot from inside the box into the side netting. Decent strike from a tight angle.


8 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

The home side attack again, Fred snuffing it out down the right. Man Utd are struggling to maintain possession at the moment.


5 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

The free kick is crossed into the box and a vital intervention stops the ball reaching Ronaldo. The ball falls to McTominay who then heads the ball into the side netting. 

Villarreal launch their first attack, Estupiñán striking a low shot that De Gea pushes away from goal.


2 mins: Villarreal 0 Man Utd 0

Villarreal spread the ball around their defence in a relaxed manner before a one-two falls into the path of a Man Utd player. United counter, and Martial is tripped as he dribbles toward the Villlarreal box.


Here we go!

There was a not so little delay with a technical issue. A new era of Manchester United gets under way.


Techincal issues delay kick-off

The refereeing team cannot hear each other. The wait for the Michael Carrick era goes on…


The players are out onto the pitch

Not long to go now.


Mauricio Pochettino insists he is happy in Paris

That is the main takeaway from his press conference. He does not want to talk about Man Utd. 

Right, time to focus on tonight’s match against Villarreal.



Manchester United are to hold talks with Ernesto Valverde over interim manager job, reports Telegraph Sport’s James Ducker.

Read the full story here


Asked again about Man Utd…

“We cannot talk about that out of respect to my club PSG and the other club. I need to be focused on PSG. I will not make the mistake to talk. I am so happy at PSG. It is a fantastic time to be at the club.”


Are Man Utd rumours a distraction?

“I am very focused in football. I am not a kid. I am not a child. I spent my whole life playing football. We are in a business where rumours are there. They do not distract. We have to live with that.”


Mauricio Pochettino is now speaking

Verrati had quite a lot to say. Good passer, good talker.


We will have to wait to find out…

Marco Verrati is speaking first.


Mauricio Pochettino press conference begins

What will he say about the Manchester United job?


Mauricio Pochettino speaks to the media shortly

He will be speaking ahead of PSG’s match against Man City tomorrow at 5.15pm.


Team news recap

Caretaker manager Michael Carrick hands a start to Donny van de Beek and names Bruno Fernandes among the substitutes as he selects his first Manchester United side for the Champions League match against Villarreal.

Van De Beek makes only his third start of the season in place of Fernandes as one of four changes to the starting XI beaten 4-1 at Watford on Saturday, with Fred replacing Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial starting ahead of Marcus Rashford.

The other change is enforced with Alex Telles at left-back in place of the injured Luke Shaw.

Villarreal boss Unai Emery includes winger Arnaut Danjuma and midfielder Etienne Capoue in his side, but Paco Alcacer, who scored in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, is among the substitutes.


Michael Carrick has made a big call leaving out Bruno Fernandes


Villarreal do not enjoy playing English teams…

Villarreal have never beaten an English club in the Uefa Champions League in 11 attempts (D6 L5), the most of any side has faced English opponents without winning in Champions League history.


Here is Villarreal’s line-up for tonight


Here is the first team of the Michael Carrick era..

Van de Beek starts, but Fernandes is on the bench. Martial gets a chance from the off. 


Tonight’s match is sold out


Michael Carrick is in charge tonight…

But for how long? Manchester United could opt for an interim manager until the end of the season, or make a play for Mauricio Pochettino right now, who seems interested in a move.

Pochettino is in Manchester this evening, ahead of PSG’s clash with Man City tomorrow, and will be taking questions from the press at 5.15pm. We will be providing updates on what the former Tottenham and Southampton manager has to say.


The Estadio de la Cerámica surface looks sublime for tonight’s match


Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of Villarreal-Man Utd

Villarreal coach Unai Emery has warned his players to expect Manchester United to bite back in the Champions League tonight following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United head to El Madrigal needing to respond to another dismal Premier League showing, with Saturday’s 4-1 loss away to Watford a fifth defeat in the last seven in the league and costing the popular Solskjaer his job.

“As a coach, you don’t welcome the news that a colleague has lost his job,” Emery said. “I have a lot of respect for Solskjaer because of his playing and coaching career. I’ve faced Solskjaer several times and above all, I value him as a great person.

“When there’s a coaching change, there’s a reaction one way or another. The focus will be more on the players than on the bench.

“The players know, even though they are professional and must always deliver, that they have to show their faces – for Manchester (United), for the coach that left, and the one that has arrived or will come.

“I expect a very good Manchester United because of their players and the significance of this game.”

The former Arsenal manager, himself strongly linked to a Premier League return with Newcastle before Eddie Howe’s appointment earlier this month, knows United well with today’s match a third meeting in the last six months.

United came from behind to win 2-1 at Old Trafford in September thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s stoppage-time strike, but Villarreal were the victors when the sides met in the Europa League final in May – prevailing 11-10 in a remarkable penalty shootout in Gdansk.

Though United will start the match top of Group F, Villarreal are level on points after home and away wins over Young Boys with Atalanta lurking two points behind.

If United win, a place in the knockout stages is theirs, but they could end the night in third place and with work to do against a Young Boys side that beat them in the opening group fixture.

“They will find an extra motivation as it’s the Champions League,” Emery added. “We know they are a strong team.

“They need to win and I don’t think there will be many changes. Perhaps certain tactical ones will be made, but we must be prepared to play against Cristiano Ronaldo, (Harry) Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, (David) De Gea and all the other great players that United have.

“We have an opportunity tomorrow. We just want to compete, show our credentials, and enjoy it.

“Our last two Champions League results were good but we are facing the favourites.”