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