Take a closer look at the latest form and team news for Manchester United and Atlético Madrid.
Manchester United may be one of England’s biggest sides, but they have not lived up to the billing for a while now. Cristiano Ronaldo’s return has seen them through to this stage of the Champions League, with the Portuguese superstar responsible for 6 UCL goals this season.
In the EPL, the Red Devils will face Tottenham Hotspurs over the weekend. They sit in 5th position, after a humiliating 4-1 loss to city rivals Manchester City last weekend. Locked in a scrappy battle for a top-four place, United have a chance to gain automatic Champions League qualification and glory, of course, if they go on to win the title. Notably, they have a humble return of 12 Champions League goals so far.
For their injuries and suspensions, if no new injuries are picked up in the game against Tottenham Hotspurs, United will be missing left-back Luke Shaw, who contracted coronavirus recently, and Mason Greenwood, who remains suspended.
After winning 3 consecutive La Liga matches, Atlético Madrid are feeling unbeatable at the moment, ahead of their trip to Manchester. The reigning La Liga champions, who will certainly lose their league crown this season, have not been winning consistently and will draw much inspiration from their current form.
Four straight wins in the league have seen them rise to 3rd, 3 points above Barcelona, who have played 2 games less. The competition for the Champions League spots is heating up at the top half of the La Liga, so Diego Simeone’s men know their destinies lie in their hands. Antoine Griezmann leads the goalscoring in Europe with 4 goals and 1 assist.
For their team news, Atlético Madrid are severely weakened as they have several players injured or suspended. Yannick Carrasco is suspended for this fixture, while Sime Vrsaljko, Thomas Lemar, Stefan Savic, Angel Correa, Geoffrey Kondongbia, Koke, Matheus Cunha, Daniel Wass, and Mario Hermoso are all sidelined with injuries and may miss the trip to Manchester.