Villarreal v Man United LIVE commentary and team news: Michael Carrick to take charge of key Champions League clash as Red Devils deal with number of injury worries

Manchester United will begin life after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a key Champions League clash away to Villarreal this evening.

Solskjaer was finally shown the door following United’s woeful 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday.

Michael Carrick will take charge of the Man United team in the short-term until a new boss is appointed
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The Red Devils have lost seven of their last 13 games in all competitions and the club have decided now is the right time for a change.

Michael Carrick has stepped into temporary charge and faces a mammoth European clash in his first match.

United are top of Group F in the Champions League but are only ahead of Villarreal on goal difference while Atalanta are just two points back.

Carrick and co make the trip to Spain knowing a win will all but secure their safe passage into the next round.

But a defeat would set up a crucial final group tie at home to Young Boys next month.

Villarreal v Man United: talkSPORT commentary

This Group F tie will kick-off at 5:45pm on Tuesday, November 23.

Full coverage from the Estadio de la Ceramica will be live on talkSPORT 2, with our pre-match build-up starting at 5pm.

Commentary will come from Alex Crook and former United defender Paul Parker.

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Solskjaer was sacked by Man United over the weekend
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Villarreal v Man United: Team news

Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno is set to miss out with a torn hamstring.

For United, Mason Greenwood has tested positive for COVID and won’t be involved while Edinson Cavani remains a doubt.

Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane continue to miss out with long-term injuries. 

The club have said Luke Shaw sustained another concussion on Saturday and could miss out. 

Villarreal v Man United: What has been said?

Departing boss Solskjaer had a message for his players ahead of their trip to Villarreal in his farewell interview.

He said: “I am a fan and I wish the players all the best. 

“There are some very, very good players there, some good people. I’m sure we’ll see them puff their chest out and they’ll go on a run.

“As I’ve said to them as well, trust yourselves, you know we’re better than this. We’ve not been able to show it but go out, chest out, enjoy being a Man United player, in the Champions League, on the biggest stage. 

“If and when you win the game, you’re through to the next round, Michael [Carrick] is going to be in charge. Michael, I have the utmost respect [for], I love Michael to bits. 

“I’m becoming emotional now because he’s top. They’ll be fine. I’ll watch them and support them.”

Man United beat Villarreal 2-1 in September thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s late winner