Group H: Manchester United fill face Juventus tonight in an attempt to redeem the three points lost at home two weeks ago
Juventus have a perfect record in the 2018-19 Champions League Group Stage so far. Massimiliano Allegri will be glad to see Cristiano Ronaldo’s domestic form is back to his goal-scoring ways, with seven in eleven matches in all competitions so far.
On the other hand, for Manchester United, it is all about redemption. After a poor start to their domestic campaign, the Reds are finally finding their rhythm with two narrow wins over Everton and Bournemouth.
However, in the Champions League, United boast just 4 points from 3 games, making the game against Juventus a crunch tie, especially with Valencia set to go up against BSC Young Boys.
A win at home for Juventus would guarantee their passage into the knockout phase.
Their previous encounter saw Juventus earn a narrow but dominant 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. But, with several key players in doubt, the fixture is expected to be less one-sided this time around.
Juventus Team News
Emre Can, Douglas Costa, Federico Bernardeschi and Moise Kean are all injured and set to sit the Manchester United game out. However, Allegri will be pleased to have Daniele Rugani back in full fitness since his absence in the 1-0 win at Old Trafford, especially with Giorgio Chiellini not match-fit.
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Another player who is a doubt for the game is Blaise Matuidi, who has been crucial whenever Allegri has decided to go with three in midfield. This could force the manager to go with a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Juventus’ Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro;
Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic;
Manchester United Team News
While a few of the injury concerns have eased up, Jose Mourinho still has a long list of absentees to deal with. The latest name to be added to the list was Romelu Lukaku, who the manager confirmed had not traveled with the squad due to an injury. Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo remain on the sidelines.
The likes of Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Scott McTominay and Antonio Valencia have also not been picked in the starting eleven recently and are lacking match fitness for the Juventus game. The back four should stay the same, with Jose Mourinho finally locking down his best defence as it seems, for now at least.
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In midfield, Fred has been a bundle of energy while Paul Pogba seems to be getting more consistent by the day. The two should start. But, Nemanja Matic has looked out of sorts and could be given a rest, with Ander Herrera being given a chance to impress, after a bright cameo during the weekend.
Juan Mata might also be retained to add some creativity to the side. However, if the Spaniard is selected, it is most likely be at the cost of Marcus Rashford.
United’s Probable Lineup (4-3-3)
Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw;
Fred, Herrera, Pogba;
Rashford, Alexis, Martial
- Manchester United have conceded just once in the Champions League this season, the goal coming in a 1-0 defeat to Juventus at Old Trafford.
- Juventus have only lost two of their last 24 Champions League games, with neither defeat coming against an English opposition.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored or assisted in each of the last 8 Serie A games for Juventus.
- Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to open his account for Juventus in the Champions League thus far.
- Paulo Dybala has scored 4 goals in 3 Champions League matches this season so far.
Five years ago, Cristiano Ronaldo knocked Manchester United out of the #UCL 🌟
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