Previous meetings in UEFA competitions
The two teams have played four matches against each other so far, all in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2005/06 and 2008/09. Remarkably, there wasn’t a single hit, but a lot of drama, and the casting out of the aluminum.
14.09.2005 Villarreal-Manchester United 0: 0
Wayne Rooney was sent off midway through the second half. Just before the match ended, he hit the crossbar, Marcus Cena of Villarreal.
22.11.2005 Manchester United-Villarreal 0: 0
Villarreal achieved the group victory on the last day of the match after United’s bankruptcy against Benfica.
25.11.2008 Villarreal-Manchester United 0: 0
This time it was Cristiano Ronaldo who hit the crossbar, and Villarreal’s Joan Capdevila was knocked off the field shortly before the end. Both teams advanced to the next round.
He played for both clubs
Eric Bailey Villarreal 2015-16; Manchester United 2016-
Diego Forlan Manchester United 2002-04; Villarreal 2004-07
Giuseppe Rossi Manchester United 2004-07; Villarreal 2007-13
Antonio Valencia Villarreal 2005-08; Manchester United 2009-19