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Villarreal vs Man Utd: Champions League preview, team news, stats, kick-off

Man Utd is on the verge of the Champions League knockout rounds after the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Team news and stats ahead of Villarreal vs Manchester United in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday; kick-off at 11.15 pm.

Team news

Michael Carrick will select his first Man Utd XI as interim manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure on Sunday morning.

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Luke Shaw was substituted with a concussion during the 4-1 defeat to Watford at the weekend, while strikers Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood were also absent for the game. They will be assessed ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League encounter.

Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba are still sidelined, while Harry Maguire is available despite his domestic suspension. Villarreal’s Juan Foyth returned from a hamstring injury during a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday and is likely to feature again this week. However, Gerard Moreno is set to remain sidelined.

Serge Aurier is ineligible for the Champions League group stages, while there are fitness doubts over Paco Alcacer, Sergio Asenjo, Etienne Capoue, and Arnaut Danjuma.

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What Carrick has said:

Michael Carrick has said he will stand in as interim Manchester United manager for as long as he is needed.

Carrick has not been made aware of how long he will be at the Old Trafford helm, with his focus simply being on getting the team ready for their vital Champions League clash with Villarreal on Tuesday night, where victory will see them through to the knockout stages.

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“It’s been literally just over 24 hours since everything’s unfolded and the game is not much further away in terms of time, so that is my focus, all I am thinking about is the game tomorrow,” he said.

“I’m ready to help the club for however long I’m needed. And then I’ll go back to my job when someone else takes the job. I’m really looking forward to today and preparing the players. I’ll give it my best. Hopefully, we get some good results.”

Captain Harry Maguire, appearing alongside Carrick at the press conference to look ahead to the Villarreal match. Also, he has said players needed to take responsibility for the results that had led to Solskjaer’s exit.

“It’s been a very hard time for the players, given the amount of respect that we have for the boss and what he’s done for a lot of us over the last two-and-a-half years,” Maguire said.

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