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Villarreal vs Manchester United PREVIEW

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The UEFA Champions League, November 23, Kick-off 17:45 GMT

Villarreal vs Manchester United PREVIEW STATS

Manchester United are unbeaten in five UEFA Champions League games against Villarreal (W1 D4) – they have only faced CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen more often without losing in the Champions League (six games each).

Manchester United have only won seven of their last 24 away UEFA Champions League matches (D6 L11) and are winless in their last four on the road (D1 L3) since a 2-1 win at PSG last October.

Manchester United have failed to keep a single clean sheet in the UEFA Champions League this season, shipping seven goals in their four games so far. It is the most they’ve conceded at this stage of a Champions League season since 1998-99 (also seven), though they went on to win the trophy that season.

This will be Villarreal’s sixth UEFA Champions League match against Manchester United, more than they’ve faced any other in the competition. The Yellow Submarine are winless in all five previous meetings (D4 L1).

Since losing 2-1 to Manchester United, Villarreal have won each of their last two UEFA Champions League games, beating Young Boys twice. They are looking to win three consecutive matches in the competition for the very first time.

Villarreal have never beaten an English club in the UEFA Champions League in 11 attempts (D6 L5), the most of any side has faced English opponents without winning in Champions League history.

Villarreal manager Unai Emery has won just one of his eight matches against Manchester United in all competitions (D4 L3) and has managed more times against the Red Devils in the UEFA Champions League without winning than any other side (P3 D1 L2).

Arnaut Danjuma is the only Villarreal player to score more than once in the UEFA Champions League this season (twice), having more attempts at goal (13), more shots on target (8) and more touches in the opposition box (22) than any other Villarreal player.

No player has more assists in the UEFA Champions League this season than Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes (4, level with Antony and Leroy Sané), while he has created the most chances of any player (16). Fernandes could become only the second player to assist in five consecutive Champions League appearances for an English club, after David Beckham in November 1998, also for Man Utd.

Cristiano Ronaldo has netted in each of Manchester United’s first four UEFA Champions League matches this season – no player has ever scored in an English side’s first five matches in a single European Cup/Champions League season. Others to score in first four are Terry Dyson (1961-62, Spurs), Roger Hunt (1964-65, Liverpool), Mick Jones (1969-70, Leeds) and Nicolas Anelka (2010-11, Chelsea).

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