Match Preview: Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid (1-1)

Manchester United will host Diogo Simeone‘s Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening in the second-leg of their Champions League round-of-16 clash.

The first match between the two sides in Spain last month saw Ralf Rangnick‘s men snatch a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium courtesy of an Anthony Elanga goal. However, an improved performance will be a necessity if United are planning to progress to the next stage of the competition.

They match will be played at 8PM GMT and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate. Slavko Vincic will officiate the tie at Old Trafford.

Form guide

Winning against Tottenham on Saturday was vital for the Reds, who had failed to win in any of their previous three matches. That also included the 4-1 loss to Manchester City, which was an embarrassing result for the club and significantly damaged their hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League.

However, coming off the back of three important points will give the team confidence going into the European fixture and with Cristiano Ronaldo full of confidence after his first hat-trick since returning to the club, it could help United going into the tie.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have won all three of their games since they hosted the Reds last month. It is the first time that the Spanish giants have won three matches on the bounce this campaign.

Team news

Rangnick has confirmed that everyone is available for the game, however, Luke Shaw is a doubt after recovering from Covid-19. Bruno Fernandes has trained after missing the Tottenham game through Covid-19.

Scott McTominay is also back in contention after missing the last game through a calf injury.

The 23-man travelling squad for the visitors has been confirmed, with captain Koke back in action for Atletico after missing the first leg.

Sime Vrsaljko and Thomas Lemar are unavailable through injury, alongside Matheus Cunha, Daniel Wass and Yannick Carrasco suspended on the list of absentees for the game.

Ones to watch

Cristiano Ronaldo will be pivotal for United after winning the match against Spurs single-handedly on the weekend. The Portuguese captain will be aiming to improve upon his excellent record against Real Madrid‘s rivals after blanking in the first encounter last month.

Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes will also be key figures for United if they are to progress into the quarter-finals. Sancho has been in thrilling form for the Reds, while Bruno’s record in the competition so far is very good, with seven assists in his six appearances this season.

United’s no.18 was the one to set up Elanga for the equaliser in Spain despite a poor personal performance.

With three goals in his last two appearances, Joao Felix will be hoping to make a similar impact to the one he made a few weeks ago where he scored a wonderful header to give his side the lead.

Predicted line-up

David de Gea;

Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles;

Fred, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes;

Anthony Elanga, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho

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