Ronaldo and Pogba face old clubs

Last updated: October 23, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Tuesday, 20:00
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: BT Sport
Home Form: LLDWD
Away Form: WWWWD
Last Meeting: Juventus 0 – 3 Man Utd
Competition: UEFA Champions League

Manchester United welcome Italian Champions Juventus to Old Trafford in what promises to be a classic UEFA Champions’ League Group H match. The match is the first of two matches between the two giants and could prove to be the decider of who tops the group. The highlight of the match will be the lining up of two of the greatest footballers against their former teams. Cristiano Ronaldo faces Manchester United for the first time since moving to Juventus from Real Madrid and Paul Pogba faces his former side Juventus.

Manchester United reunite with their old hero Ronaldo who helped them win three Premier League titles and one Champions League title in his time at Old Trafford. They are now a new side with former Juventus maestro Paul Pogba calling the shots for the Red Devils in midfield. Pogba was part of the Juventus side that reached the final of the 2014-15 competition, in that final they lost to Barcelona. Manchester United seem to be playing with more harmony after a series of outfield squabbles surrounded the team before the international break. They come to this match having faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over the weekend where they conceded late in added time to settle for a 2 – 2 draw. The team looks all charged up after an inspired comeback victory against Newcastle that set them up and running and settled the feud that almost led to their manager Mourinho being shown the door.

Their Champions League endeavours have been a relief from their poor Premier League start and they sit second in their group behind their opponents. They won their first match 3 – 0 with Pogba scoring two and assisting Martial for the third against Young Boys. However they failed to keep up a perfect record when they failed to score against Valencia and the game ended in a scoreless draw. This match is a must win for Manchester United if they hope to top the group.

Juventus have won seven consecutive league titles and currently lead Serie A by four points over Napoli. Juventus have brought Ronaldo into their ranks with the ambition of adding to their two Champions League titles they have. Cristiano Ronaldo is used to winning this tournament with one win with United and three consecutive UEFA titles with Real Madrid. Juventus visit Old Trafford on a great run of form with ten consecutive wins. That sequence was ended with a draw over the weekend against Genoa. They have a perfect record in the Champions League as they won their first match against Valencia, despite their £100m man being sent off early in the match. In their second game they hammered young Boys 3 – 0 with a Dybala hat-trick that sent them top of their Champions’ League group.

Team News

Manchester United are second of the Champions’ League Group H with four points behind Juventus who lead with six points.

The Red Devils have never won the Champions League since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo who led them to win in 2008.

Juventus paid £100m to bring Ronaldo to their side to help them boost their chances in winning the most prestigious title in club football.

Dybala was their hero in their last encounter against Young Boys scoring a hat trick in the absence of Ronaldo, who was given a one match ban after the red card in the opening group fixture against Valencia.

Expected Line-Ups:

Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindeloef, Shaw, Matic, Mata, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Lukaku
Subs: Romero, Bailly, Sanchez, Pereira, Fred, McTominay, Fellaini, Martial, Sanchez
Injured: Rojo, Lingard
Doubtful: Valencia
Not available:
Juventus (4-3-3): Szczesny, Cancelo, Bonucci, Benatia, Sandro, Bentancur, Cuadrado, Mandzukic, Ronaldo
Subs: Perin, Chiellini, Dybala, Costa, Barzagli, Can, Rugani, Kean, Bernadeschi
Injured: Khedira
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Manchester United This Season Juventus This Season
2nd League Position 1st
1 (1) Wins (away) 2 (0)
3 – 0 v Young Boys Biggest Win 3 – 0 v Young Boys
1 (0) Draws (away) 0 (0)
Biggest Defeat
Pogba (2) Top Goal Scorer Dybala (3)
Y2, R0 Discipline Y3, R1
1 Failures to Score 0
100% Clean Sheets 100%
0% Both Teams to Score Games 0%
50% Over 2.5 Goals 50%
50% Under 2.5 Goals 50%
  • Pogba has two goals and will be hoping to continue with his impressive form for the reds in a match where he will need to be in his best form.
  • Ronaldo is yet to score in the Champions League this season with the top scorer for Juventus being Dybala with three and Pjanic with two goals, both from the spot against Valencia.
  • In the eight competitive matches in this fixture, Juventus have won just one while United have won two with the majority of matches ending in a draw (5).
  • Both teams are yet to concede a goal in the Champions League but this will be the first match between the top dogs of the group.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
25/02/2003 UEFA CL Juventus 0 – 3 Man United Giggs 15’
19/02/2003 UEFA CL Man United 2 – 1 Juventus Brown 3′
21/04/1999 UEFA CL Juventus 2 – 3 Man United Inzaghi 6′
07/04/1999 UEFA CL Man United 1 – 1 Juventus Conte 25’
10/12/1997 UEFA CL Juventus 1 – 0 Man United Inzaghi 83’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

There will be a warm welcome for Ronaldo as he returns to the club he spent six years at between 2003 and 2009. The five-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner will be desperate to perform against his former club. The same can be said for Paul Pogba who left Juventus to re-join Manchester United in 2016.

Both teams are yet to concede in this year’s competition but this game is likely to test that with both teams having a great deal of quality, especially up front.

For so many years Ronaldo has made the difference and we don’t see this game being any different. Ronaldo to score 2 or more goals @ 5/1 looks a decent bet, a recommended site to use is BetVictor.