In the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, Manchester United will face Villarreal in a rematch of the 2021 Europa League final. After a 1-1 draw in extra time, the Spanish club won the title on penalties. It was unsurprising that the competition was won by spot-kicks. It was the fifth meeting between these two teams, and the fifth time a meeting has resulted in a draw.
Villarreal might be considered United's bogey team, given that they went into each match as favourites. As a result, it isn't a good time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to face the La Liga side. United have lost three of their past four matches in all competitions, one of which was their UCL opener against Young Boys, putting them in last place in the group.
Villarreal are in second place after a 1-1 draw with Atalanta in their first encounter. After a summer in which a slew of high-profile signings arrived, Solskjaer is under pressure to start delivering. Despite their attacking prowess, United have lost their last two home games 1-0, the most recent of which was a lacklustre performance against Aston Villa.
Villarreal has its own set of problems. This season, they've drawn seven of their eight matches across all competitions, indicating that they're a draw specialist. As their recent draws away to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid demonstrated, this tendency is beneficial in securing away results. They have a more distinct on-pitch personality than United, with a more deliberate and intelligent build-up. I anticipate them dominating the ball and achieving a result.
After a string of underwhelming performances, United are in desperate need of a strong showing. I don't think it'll happen against Villarreal, though.
My Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Villarreal.
The game will go down today at 8:00 PM Nigerian and UK time.
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