Ashley Young and Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.

Champions League preview: Juventus v United

Monday 05 November 2018 12:24

Matchday four of the UEFA Champions League begins this week, with Manchester United in Turin for another glamorous meeting against Italian champions Juventus.

Pablo Dybala hit the only goal of the game last month when the Serie A holders claimed a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford, to maintain their 100 per cent winning record in the competition this season.

The Reds are eager to bounce back and pick up a result to boost chances of qualification from Group H, ahead of upcoming meetings against Young Boys and Valencia. Let's take a closer look at an intriguing contest...
Juventus v United

Wednesday 7 November | Champions League | Allianz Stadium | Live build-up on MUTV from 18:30 GMT | Kick-off at 20:00 GMT | Referee: Ovidiu Hategan

Any United team news?
Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard both missed October's match against Juventus, but returned to the matchday squad for Saturday's trip to Bournemouth. Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini and Diogo Dalot remained sidelined, and Romelu Lukaku also missed the game after feeling a problem in training. Should Alexis feature, it will be his 50th appearance in the Champions League, excluding qualifiers. Paul Pogba could also line up at the home of his former club for the first time since returning to United in August 2016.

What about Juventus?
Giorgio Chiellini, who Jose Mourinho said "could give some Harvard University classes" in defence after his display at Old Trafford, missed Saturday's game against Cagliari, along with Federico Bernardeschi. Leonardo Spinazzola is unlikely to be involved due to a lack of match fitness.

How are they doing?
The Old Lady have played twice since facing United, winning 2-1 away to Empoli thanks to a brace from former Reds star Cristiano Ronaldo before defeating Cagliari 3-1 at the weekend. They are six points clear at the top of the Serie A table, ahead of Mourinho's former club Inter Milan and Napoli.
We've had some memorable moments in Turin...
Indeed. After losing our first four away to Juve, Alex Ferguson's men clinched one of the finest victories in United history en route to Treble in 1999, coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and book a place in the Champions League final. That was followed by a thumping 3-0 triumph four years later, with both victories coming at the Stadio Delle Alpi. The Reds will be hoping for another notable result in a first-ever visit to the Allianz Stadium and can take heart from losing just one of the last 10 European away games, while the hosts have won just one of their previous four UCL home fixtures.

Who are their star men?
Ronaldo has already racked up seven goals since arriving from Real Madrid and is an obvious threat, while the Reds must keep an eye on Dybala after his goal at Old Trafford. Massimiliano Allegri can call upon a strong supporting cast of attacking talent, including Mario Mandzukic, Douglas Costa, Miralem Pjanic and Juan Cuadrado, among others. Leonardo Bonucci should marshall a defence which is yet to concedede in the competition so far this season.

How is Group H looking?
Juventus lead the way with three wins and nine points from three matches so far. A draw for the Italians would ensure qualification to the last 16 with two games remaining, while victory would clinch top spot. United follow with four points, ahead of Valencia on two and Young Boys on one. The latter two sides will meet in Spain on Wednesday, kicking off at the earlier time of 17:55 GMT.
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Familiar surroundings for some...
Aside from Pogba facing his former club, three other Reds will also know Juventus well, with Alexis Sanchez, Matteo Darmian and Sergio Romero all having played in Serie A in the past. Mourinho managed Juve duo Ronaldo and Sami Khedira during his time with Real, and also brought Cuadrado to England during his second stint with Chelsea.

Who's the referee?
Romanian match official Ovidiu Hategan will take charge of the tie. United fans will remember him from the 2017 Europa League tie against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford, when he sent Eric Bailly off. 

What other games are on?
Another round of Champions League action - here's who's playing and when...

Tuesday 6 November
Group A: Monaco v Club Brugge (17:55 GMT)
Group A: Atletico Madrid v Borussia Dortmund
Group B: Inter Milan v Barcelona
Group B: Tottenham Hotspur v PSV Eindhoven
Group C: Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool (17:55 GMT)
Group C: Napoli v Paris Saint Germain
Group D: FC Porto v Lokomotiv Moscow
Group D: FC Schalke 04 v Galatasaray

Wednesday 7 November
Group E: Bayern Munich v AEK Athens
Group E: Benfica v Ajax
Group F: Lyon v Hoffenheim
Group F: Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk
Group G: CSKA Moscow v Roma (17:55 GMT)
Group G: Viktoria Plzen v Real Madrid
Group H: Valencia v Young Boys (17:55 GMT)
Group H: Juventus v Manchester United

Matches kick off at 20:00 GMT unless stated.
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