After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking as Manchester United's head coach was revealed on Sunday morning, Michael Carrick will lead the team into Tuesday's Champions League match against Villarreal.
Man United knows that a win over the Yellow Submarine will secure their place in the competition's knockout round with a game to spare, but a loss will leave them vulnerable in Group F.
Villarreal will aim to utilize the pressure on Man United to motivate them on Tuesday, and a win for the Yellow Submarine would see them advance for the knockout phase if Atalanta BC fails to defeat Young Boys in Group F's other match.
Unai Emery's team are in second place in the group, tied on seven points with their opponents, while Atalanta are in third place with five points ahead of the penultimate round of fixtures.
Villarreal will enter Tuesday's match with a three-game unbeaten streak, having beaten Young Boys 2-0 in the Champions League before defeating Getafe and drawing with Celta Vigo in La Liga both before and after the international break.
Man United will advance to the round of 16 if they win on Tuesday, while a draw would suffice if Young Boys hold Atalanta, and there is no doubt that the club is in desperate need of a confidence boost ahead of their Premier League trip to Chelsea on November 28.
Here are 4 players that will miss the match:
Villarreal will be missing important forward Gerard Moreno due to a hamstring injury, while Serge Aurier is ineligible to play in the Champions League for the Yellow Submarine.
Man United will be without Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane due to injury, while Mason Greenwood is out after testing positive for coronavirus.
4 Players who are doubtful for the game:
Edinson Cavani's tendon problem is unlikely to be resolved in time, while Luke Shaw suffered another suspended concussion against Watford and might be replaced by Diogo Dalot at left-back.
The condition of Arnaut Danjuma and Etienne Capoue is also a concern for the hosts, although both players are likely to win their fitness battles after missing out against Celta.
It will be fascinating to see how Man United reacts after their terrible performance against Watford on Saturday. Given that the Red Devils complete their season at home against Young Boys, a draw would be a good result for them, and I can see the two teams playing out a low-scoring tie here.
Do you think the Red Devils can bounce back against Villarreal?
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