MATCH PREVIEW: Atletico Madrid v Manchester United (UCL – Round of 16 / Leg 1)

Manchester United are away at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.

Atlético Madrid and Manchester United have only appeared in the same European campaign once before – the 1991-92 Cup Winners’ Cup – when the Spanish side knocked out their English counterparts 4-1 on aggregate in the Last 16.

Manchester United’s only previous visit to Atlético Madrid was in the first leg of their 1991-92 Cup Winners’ Cup tie at the Vicente Calderón, when a starting XI that contained Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irwin, Steve Bruce, Paul Ince, Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes (amongst others) were beaten 3-0 by Luis Aragonés’ men.

Atlético Madrid have lost each of their last four UEFA Champions League matches against English teams, double the number of defeats they suffered across their first 12 such matches in the competition (W4 D6 L2).

Manchester United have only won one of their previous seven away trips to Spain in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League (D4 L2), beating Deportivo de La Coruña 2-0 in April 2002 thanks to goals from David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Manchester United’s next goal will be their 500th in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, netting exactly 100 times in the old European Cup and 399 times in the current competition. They would be just the fourth club to score 500 times within Europe’s elite competition, after Barcelona (624), Bayern Munich (759) and Real Madrid (1001).

Manchester United Team News:

Edinson Cavani has missed both of United’s recent Premier League wins over Leeds and Brighton, and the Uruguayan remains a doubt for the trip to Madrid.

Eric Bailly is expected to be in the squad, as the Ivorian continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

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