Manchester United (MUN) host Europa League winners Villarreal (VIL) in the Reds’ first home game of the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 season at Old Trafford on Thursday, September 30. The game will kick off at 12:30 AM IST.

MUN vs VIL Dream11 Prediction

Manchester United, three-time UEFA Champions League winners, opened their 2021-22 campaign with a loss at Young Boys thus putting pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to answer his critics given that his team has lost despite fielding their high-profile summer recruits like Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

The Red Devils, who have lost three of their last four games across all competitions, face Villarreal in the Champions League for just the fifth time. As a matter of fact, the previous four encounters have ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Villarreal, on the other hand, are unbeaten across all competitions this term since losing the UEFA Super Cup match on penalties to Chelsea. While they have picked one win along the way, the Yellow Submarines have managed to hold Madrid clubs - Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid - to draws, meaning they will be difficult to beat for the Red Devils. 

MUN vs VIL Dream11 team tips for UEFA Champions League 2021-22

Top tip: Best forward

Cristiano Ronaldo had scored in every game on his return to Manchester United until the 0-1 loss to Aston Villa in the Premier League last week. The Portugal legend has a record of 13 goals and five assists in 19 meetings against Villarreal across all competitions and he will aim to find his first goal against them in a United shirt.

Top tip: Best midfielder

Dani Parejo starts as the top midfielder for the MUN vs VIL clash. The Spanish midfielder has been made to play in a defensive role by Unai Emery this season, and will be tasked with foiling the attacking prowess of United’s Bruno Fernandes in the midfield engine room.

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

With Harry Maguire out injured, Raphaël Varane will be the defensive leader in Man United’s four-man backline. The Frenchman managed four clean sheets against Villarreal during his time at Real Madrid, and will hope to keep another clean sheet in the Red Devils’ first UCL game at Old Trafford this term.

When it comes to goalkeepers, David de Gea is the first-choice pick. The Spanish custodian has conceded seven goals and kept one clean sheet across all competitions this term, but fantasy football owners will be aware that he’s been in fine form this season and will be difficult to beat for Villareal’s attackers.

MUN vs VIL probable playing XI

MUN probable XI (4-2-3-1): David de Gea (goalkeeper); Diego Dalot, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Alex Telles; Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba; Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes (captain), Jadon Sancho; Cristiano Ronaldo

VIL probable XI (4-3-3): Geronimo Ruill (goalkeeper); Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza; Dani Parejo (captain), Etienne Capoue, Manu Trigueros; Moi Gomez, Paco Alcacer, Arnaut Danjuma

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