After an impressive start to the season, Manchester United’s optimism is in danger of evaporating following a run of three defeats in four games across all competitions, as the pressure is mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Tonight’s host fell to a stoppage-time 2-1 loss away to Young Boys in this group after having Wan-Bissaka red carded.
And although last week’s EFL Cup exit due to West Ham could potentially be ignored after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made wholesale changes, Sunday’s 1-0 loss against Aston Villa is more difficult to get over and tonight’s game is a much win. Unsurprisingly, bookmakers have acted accordingly and slashed Solskjær’s odds from 40/1 to just 14/1 to be the next manager to lose his job.
Meanwhile, Villarreal will be no pushovers. After winning the Europa league title in May, they are unbeaten in La Liga and have had impressive draws away from home against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Having drawn their first champions league group stage game 2-2 against Atalanta, they will be out for another positive result against United in a game that will be extremely tough to predict.
All five head to head meetings between these two sides have ended in draws and tonight’s clash is set to be another tough one. And considering Villarreal haven’t lost a competitive game this season, whilst Man United is going through a rough patch, another draw may just be on the cards at Old Trafford.
Man United to win: 1/2
Villarreal to win: 5/1
(Correct at the time of writing)