Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Old Trafford will host Wednesday’s Champions League game between Manchester United and Villarreal, the two teams, who faced each other in the Europa League final last season. The Yellows defeated the Red Devils on penalties back then, meaning that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops are hungry for revenge. Speaking of the Norwegian tactician, he feels pressure following a shocking 1-0 loss to Aston Villa where Bruno failed to convert a penalty in the stoppage time.
A man to watch in the home team will be returnee Cristiano Ronaldo, while Marcus Rashford remains in the recovery room. Anyhow, the hosts are desperate to make amends for a shocking 2-1 loss to Young Boys in their opener. Luke Shaw is a major doubt, while Wan-Bissaka is banned. Villarreal played out a 2-2 draw with Atalanta in their opener, and seeing that they managed to hold Real Madrid to a draw at the weekend, the share of spoils is on the cards at Old Trafford. Gerard Moreno is injured for the visitors, as well as Chukwueze and Raba.
Highlighted Player (Cristiano Ronaldo):
Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the world’s best football players. The Portuguese ace was born on 5 February, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira and he played for the likes of Andorinha, Nacional and Sporting during his youth career. CR7 made his Sporting debut in Primeira Liga on 7 October, 2002, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win over Moreirense.
Manchester United scouts spotted him and one year later he joined the Old Trafford outfit. Ronaldo became the most expensive teenager in the history of the Premier League and he received the number 7 shirt. He quickly established himself as the team’s key player and it has to be noted that he won three consecutive Premier League trophies with the Red Devils (2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009). In 2008 he helped the Old Trafford outfit beat Chelsea in the Champions League final, scoring for Alex Ferguson’s troops in the regular time.
Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 and he helped the Spanish giants with two Champions League trophies. In 2016 he won the European Championship trophy with Portugal. The Real Madrid ace has two Golden Ball awards (2013, 2014).
Highlighted Team (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Villarreal managed to reach the Primera Division for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club could not manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Division. In the last couple of years Villarreal developed itself to a stable club in the Primera Division.
This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3rd on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.
The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.