Atletico Madrid will be hosting Manchester United on Thursday. The fixture will take place at 1:30 am IST on 24th February at the Wanda Metropolitano. They will be playing the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League. Man United will be traveling to Spain to face their opponents as Ronaldo will be eager to get one over Atletico Madrid again.
Manchester United seems to have found something to build on before facing Atletico Madrid. Two wins in two games that too an away win at Leeds United. Manchester United are playing better than they were before but they have to be cautious as this is their biggest game of the season. Moreover, the away crowd is capable of shaking the United players.
Manchester United form in all competitions:- L D D W W
Atletico Madrid recently won 0-3 at Osasuna but still see themselves in the 5th place of the La Liga this season. Similar to Man United, Atletico are not enjoying their best season and have faced some upsets this season. However, their manager still possesses his expertise and they look like a very strong team to beat. Manchester United fans must be excited while also being nervous to face Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid form in all competitions:- W L W L W
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United: The Colchoneros team news
Atletico Madrid are hit with major injury scares ahead of facing Manchester United. Yannick Carrasco was at the end of a red card against Porto and will be missing both the legs against Manchester United. This has in turn boosted Manchester United’s chances of defeating Atletico Madrid.
Other major misses are Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Lecomte, Daniel Wass, and Matheus Cunha who all missed their training. Antoine Greizmann recently returned from an injury and may not start the match straight away to avoid further damage. Moreover, captain Koke also is a doubt as he picked up an injury against Osasuna and might feature if he is deemed okay to play
Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup
Jan Oblak; Sime Vrsaljko, Jose Gimenez, Stefan Savic, Reinildo; Marcos Llorente, Rodrigo de Paul, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Angel Correa; Joao Felix, Luis Suarez
Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid: The Red Devils team news
Mason Greenwood is out of the question due to club suspension while Edinson Cavani is still recovering from a groin injury. Eric Baily might just make it to the squad but not enough to start the game. Anthony Elanga has impressed ahead of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford in recent matches making his case stronger to start the game.
Paul Pogba can also start alongside Scott McTominay as he has impressed from his return after injury and looks set to start. However, the importance of Fred will also not be neglected in a game of such importance. Diogo Dalot and Raphael Varane could return to the starting lineup after being dropped to the bench against Leeds.
Manchester United possible starting lineup
David De Gea; Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba; Anthony Elanga, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho; Cristiano Ronaldo
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Manchester United
Atletico Madrid looks like a stronger team before facing Manchester United. However, due to key injuries and the momentum that United has, a draw is a possible outcome of such a big game. Ralf Rangnick mentioned in his press conference that the outcome of this fixture won’t be declared in the first leg but that will be done in the second leg which seems like a fair prediction to go with.
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