Atlético and Manchester United meet in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg on Wednesday.
These European heavyweights’ only previous meeting came in the 1991/92 European Cup Winners’ Cup, Alex Ferguson’s side never recovering after losing the first leg 3-0 in Madrid. Under Ralf Rangnick, they will look to avoid a similar blow as they visit Diego Simeone’s side. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored seven goals in ten European meetings with Atlético.
Atlético: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Felipe, Savić, Reinildo; Llorente, Herrera, Kondogbia, Lodi; Matheus Cunha, João Félix
Man. United: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo
What the coach says
Ralf Rangnick, Man. United manager: “[Diego Simeone] has won trophies with a clear identity, with a recognisable playing style. [Atlético] are always an emotional side and this reflects the character of the manager. We need to match the levels of energy and emotion in both games. It will be physical, it will be emotional and we will have to be mentally strong in both games.”
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