Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United: Diego Simeone’s side host Ralf Rangnick’s charges in the Spanish Capital in unquestionably the match of the night.
The match kicks off at 22:00 (SAST).
Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United LIVE scores
First, these sides’ only previous meeting came in the 1991/92 European Cup Winners’ Cup. Also a two-legged tie, Alex Ferguson’s side never recovered after losing the first leg 3-0 in Madrid.
Inconsistent this season, however a 3-0 victory over Osasuna in La Liga was the perfect warm-up for Atlético Madrid.
After a 4-2 victory at a wet Elland Road, without a doubt, United would swap the wind and rain of Yorkshire for the sunshine of Madrid.
“We face one of the best teams in the world,” said Diego Simeone, Atlético Madrid head coach.
“They are brave in the middle of the field and up front. I see a stronger Manchester United who are more compact. They are defensively strong in the aerial game. It’s hard to find places where they make mistakes. I always prepare for matches with the best that the opponents have and looking for the way to hurt them.”
Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has scored seven goals in ten European meetings with Atlético.
Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick said ahead of the match: “[Simeone] has won trophies with a clear identity, with a recognisable playing style. [Atlético] are always an emotional side and this reflects the character of the manager.
He also said: “We need to match the levels of energy and emotion in both games. It will be physical, it will be emotional and we will have to be mentally strong in both games.”
Atletico vs Manchester United possible starting XIs
Atlético: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Felipe, Savić, Reinildo; Llorente, Herrera, Kondogbia, Lodi; Matheus Cunha, João Félix Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo