UEFA Champions League | Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Simeone praises João Félix after score against Manchester United

Check out Diego Simeone talking on João Félix’s performance after the 1-1 draw between Atlético de Madrid and Manchester United at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid: Line-ups

Manchester United

Atletico Madrid

Red Devils Backed to Progress to Quarters


Man United were far from their best in the first leg on February 23, with Atletico in charge of the contest for long spells, but Elanga came off the bench to score a leveller in the 80th minute, meaning that any win for the Red Devils on Tuesday evening would see them advance to the final eight of the European Cup.


Man United, who finished top of Group F to advance to this stage, collecting 11 points from their six matches, beat Paris Saint-Germain at this stage of the 2018-19 competition, but they failed to make it through the group stage last term, ultimately dropping into the Europa League, reaching the final before losing to Villarreal.


The 20-time English champions have won seven of their previous 11 round-of-16 ties, but this will be their first meeting with Atletico in England since November 1991, when the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their second-round contest in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.


The Madrid giants lost to Chelsea in last season’s round of 16, but they have reached the quarter-finals or better in five of their last eight Champions League campaigns under Simeone, so it would be fair to say that the club know what it takes to operate in the latter stages of the competition.


Atletico have been victorious in five of their previous eight round-of-16 ties, while they have actually won nine of their 12 two-legged knockout contests with English opposition, but the club lost twice against Liverpool in the group stage of this season’s Champions League.

DPP Verdict

This has all of the makings of a fascinating second leg at Old Trafford, and we are expecting a match with plenty of twists and turns. Atletico will fancy their chances of scoring in Manchester, but we just have a feeling that the home side will do enough to win it in 90 minutes, progressing to the quarter-finals of the competition.