There are other clubs United have never beaten – Atletico Madrid, Estudiantes, Monaco, Rotor Volgograd and Widzew Lodz among them.

Furthermore, an elite group can claim to have met the Reds and never conceded a goal – Bootle Reserves, Lazio, MK Dons, Southend United and Torpedo Moscow, the latter of which managed to stretch this feat into two games. The others have only played us a single time.

Maybe the biggest comparison to Villarreal could be their fellow countrymen of Valencia. We drew three of the first five games with them 0-0 and, as already suggested, the Yellow Submarine perhaps cannot exactly be considered our most menacing foes if they have not breached our defence in four outings either.

It could be similarly tight in Gdansk this evening – can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men do what Sir Alex’s couldn’t and break through the Yellow wall? That’s the challenge facing Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford and co tonight.

 

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