As it happened: Villarreal 0-2 Manchester United in the Champions League
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Manchester United secure qualification to the UEFA Champions League knockout phase

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History makers

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Normal business resumed for Bruno Fernandes

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Six goals in five Champions League games for Cristiano Ronaldo

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Full-time: Villarreal 0 - 2 Manchester United

An excellent team display full of discipline sees Manchester United confirm their place in this season's knockout stages of the Champions League.

A beautiful lobbed goal from Ronaldo put the visitors ahead before Sancho sealed the deal with his first United goal via a sensational strike!

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Fernandes plays a great ball into Rashford but his first touch lets him down.
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GOAL! 0-2!

Jadon Sancho scores his first Manchester United goal!!! Rashford drives forward and plays it into Fernandes, who slips in Sancho, and he smashes it in off the underside of the bar for his first goal for United!
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Marcus Rashford picks the ball up on the left flank, drives towards goal, but his effort is well saved by Rulli.
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84' Close!

Ronaldo gambles on a back-pass to Rulli but the Portuguese can't quite direct his effort on target.
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GOAL 0-1!!!

Fred presses a short goal-kick from Villarreal, the ball falls to Ronaldo and the Portuguese lobs the onrushing Gulli and into the back of the net!

Huge goal for Manchester United!

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Pino is replaced by Chukwueze.

Trigueros is replaced by Moreno.

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Sancho plays a great one-two with Fernandes and he dances into the box, but his effort is well saved by Rulli.
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Marcus Rashford replaces Anthony Martial.
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A nice passage of play from Villarreal ends up with the ball rolling to Danjuma on the edge of the box.

He opens up his body to shoot but his effort sails comfortably over de Gea's crossbar.

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59' Outstanding save!

The ball sets up nicely for Trigueros to strike at goal. His effort skims off the turf and David de Gea produces a remarkable save!
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Fred picks up the ball on the edge of the box after exciting play from Sancho, but the Brazilian's effort is easily gathered by Rulli.
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The second half has been played at a slow tempo thus far.

Matic and Fernandes are warming up for the visitors.

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The second half is underway.
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A draw may be enough for Manchester United

If this game finishes as a draw, and the match between Young Boys and Atalanta does also, Manchester United will be through to the knockout stage.

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The half-time stats

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Half time: 0-0

Manchester United began the half slowly, with David de Gea being forced into making a few strong stops.

The visitors began to come into the game without creating any clear cut chances.

All to play for at the break!

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Gomez dances with the ball 20 yards from United's goal, and his deflected effort trickles just wide of David de Gea's left post.
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Donny van de Beek receives a yellow card after bringing down Danjuma 30 yards from goal.
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A small scare for United after Fred goes down without contact after going over his own ankle. 

The Brazilian is back on his feet, however.

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Maguire hits a diagonal ball into Ronaldo, who beats his man but Villarreal manage to fill the box and the attack comes to nothing.
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Pino receives a yellow card and will be suspended for the next game after dragging down Telles just outside his own area.

Sancho is beginning to have an impact on this game.

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Danjuma picks up the ball in space inside United's area, but Lindelof does well to recover the ball.
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Telles whips a quick ball into the box and Ronaldo hangs in the air for what seems like an age, but his header is easily collected by Rulli.
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Sancho looks dangerous on the right hand side and whips in a delightful ball, but Albiol clears it for a corner before Ronaldo can meet it.
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27' Great save!

The ball is played into Pino whose effort looks destined for the far corner, but David de Gea produces a flying save to keep it at 0 - 0!
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A quick one-two on the right of United's box leads to Pino picking up the ball in space, but his cross is wayward.
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Danjuma whips the ball into the box and Pau Torres meets it, but his header is over the bar.

Villarreal have looked dangerous so far.

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A deflected shot lands at Pino's feet just inside the area, but his effort flies into the side netting.
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McTominay gives the ball away and Gomez picks up the ball 30 yards out. Under no pressure, he releases a wicked strike at goal, but David de Gea saves well.
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3' Close for United!

Alex Telles delivers an enticing ball from a set-piece. The ball is deflected and McTominay heads the ball just past the wrong side of the post!
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The players take the knee and the game is underway!
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Kick-off delayed

The game was due to kick off five minutes ago, but due to technical issues between the officials, the game is yet to begin.
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Bruno Fernandes is on the bench

Despite Bruno Fernandes creating the most chances in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League this season, the Manchester United midfielder starts on the bench tonight.
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Manchester United check in

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Now for United...

Michael Carrick with some bold changes here. Donny van de Beek STARTS ahead of...Bruno Fernandes. He also starts Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho with Cristiano Ronaldo up front. 
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The teams! Starting with Villarreal...

Can Danjuma take his chances unlike last time out? 
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Alex Telles to strike again?

Alex Telles' wonder strike – his first goal for Manchester United – and Cristiano Ronaldo's last minute winner, helped The Red Devils top their UEFA Champions League group for the first time.
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Estadio de la Ceramica

The stage is set for tonight's match, which kicks off in just under two hours time.
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How might Villarreal line up?

After winning their last two UEFA Champions League matches against Young Boys, we could possibly see Villarreal line up in a similar manner.

Predicted Line-up: Rulli, Mario, Albiol, Torres, Alfonso, Pino, Parejo, Capoue, Coquelin, Dia, Groneveld

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How might Manchester United line up?

After almost three years, tonight's line-up for Manchester United will not be chosen by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It is unsure whether Michael Carrick's team selection will be similar to that of Solskjaer's, but there are bound to be some similarities.

Predicted Line-up: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Telles, Matic, Van de Beek, Fernandes, Rashford, Sancho, Ronaldo

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Can Cristiano Ronaldo do it again?

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored five goals in his four UEFA Champions League appearances since his return to Old Trafford, one of which serving as a last minute winner against tonight's opponents Villarreal.

Will the Portuguese build on his impressive record against The Yellow Submarine?

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Carrick's key quotes

Read what caretaker manager Michael Carrick had to say ahead of the Villarreal game here.
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Harry Maguire speaks to the press

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire faced yesterday's press conference alongside Michael Carrick.
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Emery speaks ahead of tonight's match

Unai Emery faced the press ahead of his side hosting Manchester United this evening.
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The writing was on the wall for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ahead of Manchester United's trip to Villarreal, here's what our Manchester Football Correspondent Brad Cox had to say about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dismissal.
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Last time out

Tuesday's visitors took all three points in dramatic fashion in the reverse fixture thanks to a late goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Pochettino for the job?

Michael Carrick is currently acting as the caretaker manager for Manchester United, but reports are circulating today that Mauricio Pochettino may be joining the club mid-season.

Would he suit The Red Devils?

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How to watch Villarreal vs Manchester United: Live TV and Stream

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Manchester United: Team News

Mason Greenwood has tested positive for COVID-19 and may not be involved for the visitors.

Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane will definitely not feature in Spain as the French duo both face time on the sidelines following longer-term injuries.

Edinson Cavani wasn't part of United’s squad against Watford at the weekend and remains a doubt for the meeting with Villarreal and the same goes for Luke Shaw, who appeared to sustain another concussion injury at Vicarage Road.


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Villarreal: Team News

Tuesday's hosts will be without star striker Gerard Moreno, who scored against United in the Europa League final in May. Villarreal's no.7 has been out with a torn hamstring, which he sustained in late October. The injury has kept him out of their last seven matches. 
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Manchester United look to build on Champions League records

Tuesday's visitors 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 competition (six games each).

Manchester United have failed to keep a clean sheet in the UEFA Champions League this season, conceding seven goals in four games so far.

It is the most they have conceded at this stage of the competition since 1998-99 (also seven), although they went on to lift that trophy that season.

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Villarreal look to kick on

This will be Villarreal's sixth UEFA Champions League tie against Manchester United, more than they've faced any other side in the competition. 

The Yellow Submarine are winless in all five previous meetings (D4, L1).

Since losing 2-1 in the reverse fixture in September, Villarreal have won each of their last two UEFA Champions league matches, both of which coming against Young Boys.

Unai Emery's side are looking to win three consecutive matches in the competition for the first time.

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Kick-off time

Villarreal vs Manchester United will be played at Estadio de la Ceramica in Villarreal, Spain. The kick-off is scheduled at 17:45 BST.
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