How to follow United v Villarreal

Monday 27 September 2021 16:46

Manchester United welcome Villarreal to Old Trafford for a UEFA Champions League clash on Wednesday evening.

It will be the first time a fixture from Europe's finest club football competition has been played in front of a fully packed Theatre of Dreams since April 2019.

Ahead of the big occasion, here’s everything you need to know…

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Wednesday’s encounter kicks off at 20:00 BST and will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport. Alternatively, you can tune in to MUTV for a broadcast that begins at 18:55 BST and consists of exclusive pre-match build-up, live radio commentary and post-match analysis.

You can also follow the game via our website and Official App which will provide live updates and in-match stats.


Edinson Cavani returned to the United squad in our Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Saturday. In that same game, Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire were both subbed off with injuries and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to provide an update on the defensive duo in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka will miss the match at Old Trafford due to his red card against Young Boys in our group opener last time out.


This will be the sixth time we have faced Villarreal in European competition. In the group stage in the 2005/06 and 2008/09 seasons, the two sides served up four consecutive 0-0 draws. Much more recently, in May this year, Unai Emery’s side won the Europa League final against the Reds on penalties, following a 1-1 draw in which Edinson Cavani and Gerard Moreno scored.


The past week has been a tricky one for the Reds, with just one win in our last three games, but looking at the season as a whole, we are in a better position than this time last season, given we are just one point off the top of the Premier League table. Nevertheless, Ole’s men will be determined to put some Champions League points on the board when the Yellow Submarine visit the Theatre of Dreams.

Villarreal drew 2-2 with Atalanta in their continental opener in Group F. Since then, Emery’s men have drawn 0-0 twice in La Liga, to Mallorca and away to Real Madrid, either side of a 4-1 triumph against Elche at El Madrigal. That was their only win so far this campaign, as they have drawn five out of the first six matches in the Spanish top flight and sit 11th in the table. 

Edinson Cavani scored against Villarreal in the Europa League final and could feature on Wednesday.


Referee: Felix Zwayer 

Assistants: Rafael Foltyn, Marco Achmüller

Fourth Official: Sven Jablonski

VAR: Christian Dingert

Assistant VAR: Bastian Dankert


In the other match in Group F, Atalanta welcome group leaders Young Boys to Italy for an early-evening kick-off at 17:45 BST.

Looking at our domestic rivals, Manchester City travel to France to face Paris Saint-Germain in the capital on Tuesday while Liverpool travel to Portugal to take on Porto. On Wednesday, Chelsea play away in Turin as Juventus are the Blues' opponents in Group H.