Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford as in an Away UCL Fixture.
Manchester United host Juventus in a mouthwatering Group H Fixture in the UEFA Champions League and also welcome back former star Cristiano Ronaldo. United showed on the weekend against Chelsea that they are no pushovers, sure they’re going through a bad spell but the Red Devils showed great character in the 2-2 Draw against the Blues. Juventus have been absolutely sensational, even though the Bianconeri drew with Genoa over the Weekend, they have made their best League start in 88 Years and the Serie A Giants seem like an unstoppable force at the moment. It will be an emotional time for Cristiano Ronaldo who will return to Old Trafford, a stadium that springboarded his career to make him the Worldbeater he is today.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 23, 2018
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was distraught after the Draw against Chelsea and want his players to “use the anger to motivate ourselves to play a big match.” This promises to be an exciting encounter!
Team News: Manchester United
Alexis Sanchez has been deemed “Not fit” by Jose Mourinho, despite appearing as a late Substitute against Chelsea. While Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Scott McTominay, Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot are still nursing old injuries and will go through a last-minute assessment prior to the game. Mourinho will be hoping to continue playing with “Happiness, pride, and confidence”. Mourinho spoke about captain Antonio Valencia and stated that “He had a problem – and had very complicated surgery on his mouth. He needed time to recover. It is the reason he was 10 days without training.” Considering Juve are unbeaten in all competitions, United will face a tough task ahead of the game.
Predicted XI: De Gea, Shaw, Smalling, Bailly, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Fred, Martial, Lukaku, Rashford
Team News: Juventus
Juventus will definitely bank on Cristiano Ronaldo who will be making his first Champions League appearance since he was sent off against Valencia on September 19th. The Portuguese Sensation spent 6 Years at the Club and Juve Manager Allegri will be hoping to use Ronaldo’s experience at Old Trafford to his advantage. Midfielder Emre Can is ruled out of the game with a Thyroid Nodule on his neck while Croatian Forward Mario Mandzukic will be out nursing a sprained ankle.
Predicted XI: Szczesny, Sandro, Bonucci, Chiellini, Cancelo, Pjanic, Dybala, Matuidi, Costa, Ronaldo, Cuadrado
Key Players for Manchester United: Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial's shooting vs. Chelsea:
• 2 shots
• 2 shots on target
• 2 goals
Unleashed at Stamford Bridge. pic.twitter.com/UTmtSdwf6x
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 20, 2018
Martial has looked a much-improved player over the last few weeks and the Frenchman was sensational against Chelsea scoring a brace. Mourinho will be hoping for more of the same from Martial.
Key Players for Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo
Thanks for the warm welcome. Always feel at home here. pic.twitter.com/Tr5gny5Z5A
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 22, 2018
Once Manchester United’s favorite son returns to Old Trafford as a Juventus Player. Though Juventus is an amazing team without Ronaldo as well, CR7 could be the difference between the two sides. He’ll be itching to get on that pitch.