Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Manchester United will have to beat Villarreal in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League game. The Norwegian manager could lose his job if the Red Devils make one more mistake. The recent results made the fans angry, and to be honest, they have all the reasons to be frustrated. United has one of the best teams in the world, yet Solskjaer isn’t exploiting its full potential. Villarreal kept its calm in Madrid against Real, walking away from Santiago Bernabeu with one point in its pocket. It is a massive boost for this event.
One short reminder. These two teams met in the UEFA Europa League finals, and the Yellow Submarine won after a fantastic penalty shootout.
Manchester United (-205) lost to Aston Villa at home this Saturday, which is a big kick in the teeth for the Red Devils. We really do believe that Solskajer simply isn’t a good choice for this unit and that he needs to be replaced.
United should dictate the match’s tempo and have the ball in its possession, but Solskajer is constantly slowing them down with some tactical assignments and his cautious approach.
United posted three losses in the last four games, one of them in the UCL opener against Young Boys on the road, 2-1. If they fail to win in this event, things will become highly problematic.
Villarreal (+500) is playing dull and boring football, awful for watching sometimes, but effective. Practically in each big game, Unai Emery closed all the paths towards his goal, waiting for the rival’s mistake to strike. And that strategy usually worked.
Check out this stat. The Yellow Submarine played seven competitive games this season, winning just one and recording six draws. This is as impressive as it is strange, wouldn’t you agree?
Four of those games ended without any goals, and that explains the best how this team plays his contests. Some would say that Emery copied Diego Simeone’s tactics from Atletico Madrid.
Dallo is out, Marcus Rashford as well, both because of the injuries. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is suspended after receiving the red car against Young Boys in Switzerland.
Villarreal has certain problems. Juan Foyth, the former Tottenham player, is doubtful, while Gerrard Moreno, the team’s top scorer, won’t play. Also, Raba and Chukwueze are all ineligible, while Coquelin serves a red-card suspension.
Head to Head Games
These teams met on May 26th in the EL finals. After 1-1 in the regulations and the extra times, the Spaniards took the title following an epic penalty shootout, 11-10.
United needs to win this one, because they have a lot at stake. Both the team and Solskjaer. Only three points keep them in the race for the knockout stage, and the same outcome keeps Ole’s job. So, we are backing up the hosts to post a triumph, with the odds on that at -205 right now. If Man Utd fails to win, that would be a massive surprise and an initial spark for big changes inside the team.
Pick: Man Utd Wins -205
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