Manchester United are looking for both revenge and relief against Villarreal tonight.
A victory of any kind will suffice. United lost the opening game of the Champions League group stage so three points are essential in this game.
The pressure is on United after two straight defeats in all the competitions that lead to this game. Both defeats came at home and United have failed to score in either.
So starting with the game over the weekend there will be changes to the line-up tonight, just probably not where United fans would most like to see them.
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Aaron Wan-Bissaka is suspended for this game and is serving a one-game suspension following his red card against the Young Boys.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said at his press conference that Harry Maguire will miss the game due to injury, just like last time against Villarreal.
Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof will start as center-backs while Eric Bailly sits on the bench.
Solskjaer said Luke Shaw had a chance to compete, but he didn’t train on Tuesday. It probably won’t start and Alex Telles walks in.
Solskjaer also started a midfield partnership defense between Fred and Scott McTominay and it is likely that they will stand up again for that game, with Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek on the bench.
Who starts in the attack?
Fred and McTominay in midfield mean Paul Pogba will likely start on the left wing. It’s worth noting that he played a deeper role in the Europa League final, and that role gives him a chance to have a greater attacking effect.
He can relieve Bruno Fernandes, who was too isolated during the attack in Danzig. Fernandes will be determined to recover from his penalty shoot-out over the weekend.
On the right is the big decision of whether to form Mason Greenwood or sign Jadon Sancho in the summer.
Greenwood lacked the finishing touches at the weekend and could not prevail at Villarreal in May. Sancho gives United a lesser-known approach for the La Liga side to find out.
Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the line and take over the team against whom he has scored 13 goals in his career so far.
Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood and Jesse Lingard would be among the players United could call on from the bench, with five substitutions allowed.
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