Manchester United’s first Champions League game under the lights with fans back at Old Trafford was always going to be electric and that was before Cristiano Ronaldo had returned to the club.
But with the 36-year-old back at the Theatre of Dreams and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side losing their opening Group F match against Young Boys, the game against Villarreal has now become significantly more important.
Coming into the clash off the back of back-to-back 1-0 home defeats, Solskjaer’s team will be eager to bounce back and reignite our European charge.
Our games against Villarreal have historically been tense and tepid affairs, so we could be in for another tense evening at Old Trafford.
On the opening day of the season, a packed Old Trafford buoyed by the return of fans once again erupted when Raphael Varane was paraded as a Manchester United player on the pitch prior to us dishing out a drubbing to Leeds.
‘Ronaldomania’ had gripped fans ahead of the trip to Molineux and our legendary number seven’s return resulted in Old Trafford rocking against Newcastle for his homecoming.
But nothing comes close to hearing that Champions League anthem under the lights at Old Trafford.
A wounded United will feed off the energy from the crowd and make it as intimidating and testing as possible for Unai Emery’s Villarreal side.
When we will no doubt be laying siege on the Yellow Submarine’s goal, the fans will be doing our best to suck the ball into the back of the net.
But there also maybe moments where the crowd needs to rally our players and get them through some tricky moments. United needed the fans in the Paris Saint Germain defeat last season.
Champions League nights are special and there is no bigger stage in club football, lucky for us we have a team packed with talent who relish performing in the big moments.
Champions League nights are back at Old Trafford and let’s hope the Reds produce a performance with the help of the fans which is worthy of such a spine-tingling occasion.