Football ManUtd120Matchday 5 for Uefa Champions League Groups E to H takes place on Tuesday night and we focus on the clash between Villarreal and a Manchester United side who have just parted company with their coach.




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Group F Update


After 4 rounds of matches Manchester United are top this group with 7 points alongside Villarreal, Atalanta have 5 and Young Boys have 3.




Both of Villarreal's wins came against Young Boys, 4-1 away from home on Matchday 3 and 2-0 in the return on home turf on Matchday 4 and 6 different players were responsible for those goals. They started their campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Atalanta and now go about turning things around with Manchester United who beat them 2-1 at Old Trafford on Matchday 2.


At the time of writing Villarreal were no higher than twelfth in La Liga and their home record comprises of 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat.


Manchester United


After a terrible run of Premier League results including a 5-0 hiding off Liverpool and then a 4-1 defeat at Watford at the weekend United opted to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. First team coach Michael Carrick has been put in charge whilst the options are assessed. United have won just 1 of their last 7 league games but when it comes to reaching the Champions League knockout round they at least have their destiny in their own hands with this game and a home fixture against Young Boys to come.


On Matchday 4 Ronaldo goals in injury time at the end of each half helped United secure a point in a 2-2 draw at Atalanta whilst on Matchday 3 they came from 2-0 down to beat the same opponent 3-2 in Manchester. In earlier group matches an injury time goal from Ronaldo gave United a 2-1 win at home to Villarreal on Matchday 2. On Matchday 1 away to Young Boys Ronaldo gave them the lead early on but after Wan-Bissaka was red carded in the first half the game turned and Young Boys snatched it 2-1 with the winner coming deep into injury time.


Recent Head to Head


Aside from the earlier meeting with Villarreal these sides also met in last season's Europa League final which Villarreal won on penalty kicks (1-1, 90 mins and extra time).


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The Betting


Villarreal are trading at around 17/10 to win the game with the draw at 5/2 and United can be backed at around 1.45/1


A game of 3 goals or more is 15/20 and it's 13/20 for both teams to score.


Ronaldo is a 44/10 chance to score the first goal of the game


The Verdict:


By all accounts a number of United players had been uncomfortable with Solskjaer's tactics and the onus is on the senior members of the squad to get a result

here and keep United in the top 2 ahead of the Young Boys game.


Villarreal have hardly been a model consistency and Ronaldo can't stop scoring in this competition but I find it hard to have too much confidence in the visitors right now.


The draw could be the way to go here as qualification from this group has always looked likely to go to the wire.


Bets: Match result draw at 5/2


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