Villarreal v Manchester United live stream, BT Sport, Tuesday 23 November, 5.45pm GMT
Manchester United will begin life after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Tuesday as they face Villarreal in the Champions League.
Solskjaer was finally given his marching orders on Sunday following a 4-1 thrashing by Watford the previous day. That was United’s fourth defeat in their last five Premier League games, and the nature of the performance as well as the result meant there was no coming back for the beleaguered Norwegian. United’s problems run deeper than Solskjaer, but the club legend’s position had become untenable after a dismal run of form.
Erik ten Hag, Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers have all been linked with the job, but it is Michael Carrick who will lead the team on Tuesday night. The former midfielder has been handed the reins on a temporary basis and will look to oversee the victory that would take United through to the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Villarreal were unfortunate to lose at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture in September. Unai Emery’s side were the better team that night but succumbed to a 3-2 defeat which leaves them behind United at the top of Group F due to an inferior head-to-head record. A two-goal win for the Yellow Submarine on Tuesday would send them through to the round of 16.
United will have to make do without Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba for the trip to Spain. Harry Maguire will serve a domestic ban against Chelsea this weekend after his red card against Watford, but the club captain remains available for selection in Europe. Mason Greenwood has tested positive for COVID-19 and Edinson Cavani is a doubt with a tendon problem.
Villarreal are sweating on the fitness of Gerard Moreno, who was not included in the matchday squad against Celta Vigo at the weekend. Arnaut Danjuma, Sergio Asenjo, Paco Alcacer, and Etienne Capoue are expected to be involved after minor injuries.
Kick-off is at 5.45pm GMT and the game is being shown live on BT Sport 3 in the UK.
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