Report: Juventus team news: Predicted Juventus line up vs Man Utd – Cristiano Ronaldo out wide | Football | Sport

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Updated: October 23, 2018
Juventus team news: Predicted Juventus line up vs Man Utd - Cristiano Ronaldo out wide | Football | Sport


Cristiano Ronaldo will start wide in a 4-3-3 line up when Juventus take on Manchester United.

The former Old Trafford superstar expects United to provide a tough test in the Champions League clash – although he believes Juventus will prevail.

He said at a press conference: “It will be a difficult game. Manchester are a good team, they play at home and it will be tough for us. But we have our weapons.

“I know it’s going to be tough, but I think we have a chance. We have to respect Manchester United, because they have a fantastic team, they have an experienced coach, but I expect Juve to win the game.”

For United, Alexis Sanchez joins a number of first-team players who will miss the match.

Sanchez came off the bench in Saturday’s draw at Chelsea but was absent from the training group on the eve of the Group H match.

Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay were also missing from the session and are set to miss out on Tuesday.

Captain Antonio Valencia comes back into contention after surgery on his mouth.

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Ronaldo reunion for under-fire Mourinho

Having served his ban in the previous round of games, Cristiano Ronaldo is available to enjoy an emotional return to Old Trafford as Juventus visit Manchester United. Ronaldo was a hero in the red half of Manchester and helped them win the competition 10 years ago, while he is also coming up against his former boss Jose Mourinho, who managed him at Real Madrid. Mourinho will be desperate to win for his own sake as the spotlight remains firmly on him, especially after the ugly scenes at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when he became involved in a touchline fracas following Chelsea’s late equaliser. This double-header is likely to decide who will win the group, so it is an important game.

Must-win for Tottenham

Having capitulated in the final 10 minutes against Inter Milan to lose 2-1 and then being given a footballing lesson by Barcelona at Wembley, Tottenham’s Champions League campaign is on the ropes already. Spurs won a tough group including Real Madrid last season, but this time round second place is the best they can hope for and if that is possible then their trip to PSV is simply one they have to win. Mauricio Pochettino has rested players in the opening two games but that might not be possible against the Dutch side who have also lost their opening two games.

Messi-less Barcelona missing for heavyweight clash

All eyes will be on how Barcelona can cope without Lionel Messi, who is sidelined with a broken arm when they visit Inter Milan. The Argentinian’s importance needs no highlighting and he should be a big miss at the Nou Camp as two European heavyweights go head-to-head. Inter, who snatched a last-gasp Milan derby win on Sunday, have also won their opening two games and if they can get a result in Spain, it would go a long way to booking their place in the knockout stages on their return to the competition.