Manchester United will host their old friend at Old Trafford tomorrow evening as they play their second UCL match of the season.
The two sides played in the Europa League final last season with Villarreal lifting the trophy after their dramatical penalty shootouts. Man Utd are prepared to revenge that unforgettable loss in the final.
Ole Gunner Solskjaer held his press conference today with Raphael Varane ahead of their clash with the Spanish side tomorrow.
Solskjær: "Luke [Shaw] has been in today so I’ll give him a chance to be involved [against Villarreal], he didn’t train with the team. Harry [Maguire] is more or less definitely out, it doesn’t look good. It's his calf, that might take a few weeks."
Solskjær on why he plays Fred and McTominay: "The way we broke-up play against Villa I think they are very instrumental together. The energy and desire. I really like to have the two of them. I can trust them to give us what they've got."
Solskjær on Villarreal: "We have played each other five times, every time has been a draw. Very well organised, technically very good. They can play from the back. It is hard to press against them, which I thought we did well in the [Europa League] final."
Solskjær: "There are only six games and you need 10 or maybe 12 points to go through. We lost three points last time. If you end up with zero or one point after two games you need to win the last four games probably. Not a must win game but an important one."
Solskjær: "Of course Cristiano... you can almost say when he starts it is one guaranteed goal. He has that record and he will score goals — 13 goals in 14 or 15 against Villarreal means he enjoys playing against them."
Raphael Varane on United’s bad form: “Yeah of course we’re convinced we can come out of this mini bad run. The results have gone against us in the recent games. We’ve got a lot of desire and eagerness to do well. We can’t wait for games to come around to put it right.”
Varane: “We’ve got a real good mentality within the group. We’ve got to believe in our own abilities and skills. Pressure helps us really - helps you be more focused and more concentrated on your own objectives.”
Varane: “We need to feel pressure in order to improve and grow as a group. When we know there’s that pressure every week. I think playing at home tomorrow as well there is expectation there.”
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