Capoue admits he is out for revenge against United

Manchester United won their home Champions League group stage meeting with Villarreal 2-1 in stoppage time thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo winner.

Unai Emery’s side were very unfortunate not to take at least a point from that game, and could have been out of sight by half-time.

Midfielder Etienne Capoue has admitted to the Athletic that he is out for revenge tonight when Michael Carrick leads United into the game at El Madrigal.

Villarreal of course beat United on penalties in the Europa League final in May.

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“They are a big team with big players. But after the last game, the feeling was really, really bad in our dressing room; there was big frustration,” he said.

“Our heads were still up, but we thought we had missed a big chance to win and put ourselves in a good position in the group.

“After a couple of days, we changed to thinking that if we keep playing as we did in Manchester then we were going to score plenty of goals. But even now, I feel like I have to get revenge. For me, it is personal.”

“My dad is a huge Manchester United fan. A crazy fan. Honestly, I don’t know who he wants to win when I play them – his son or his team.”

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Carrick played against Capoue during the Frenchman’s time with Tottenham, so he has seen his quality first hand.

The report says that United’s staff thought Capoue was Emery’s best player in May’s Europa League final.

That means that United will be well aware of his capabilities and keen to stop him getting revenge.

Even a positive result tonight would not erase the memories of Gdansk, but it would keep United’s Champions League prospects in their own hands going into the final round of matches.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.