Manchester United take on Juventus in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday 23 October, but you have to go back to 2003 to find the last time Manchester United and Juventus played each other in Europe’s biggest club competition.
It was Manchester United that progressed to the next round that time after beating Juventus 2-1 at home and 3-0 in Italy but, of course, much water has passed under the bridge since then.
That includes the fact that the former United fan favourite Christiano Ronaldo is playing for Juventus. That alone makes this match a must watch, so we thought we’d compile some free tips for Manchester United vs Juventus to make it even more exciting.
Manchester United Champions League Results
Manchester United 0-0 Valencia
Young Boys 0-3 Manchester United
Manchester United 1-2 Sevilla
Sevilla 0-0 Manchester United
Manchester United 2-1 CSKA Moscow
Basel 1-0 Manchester United
Manchester United 2-0 Benfica
Benfica 1-0 Juventus
CSKA Moscow 1-4 Manchester United
Manchester United 3-0 Benfica
Juventus Champions League Results
Juventus 3-0 Young Boys
Valencia 0-2 Juventus
Real Madrid 1-3 Juventus
Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid
Tottenham 1-2 Juventus
Juventus 2-2 Tottenham
Olympiakos 0-2 Juventus
Juventus 0-0 Barcelona
Sporting Lisbon 1-1 Juventus
Juventus 2-1 Sporting Lisbon
Juventus 2-0 Olympiakos
Barcelona 3-0 Juventus
Manchester United vs Juventus Outright Betting Preview
Betting Forecast: Manchester United 12/5, Draw 12/5, Juventus 17/12
Using Valencia as a form guide suggests that Juventus are by far the better team, as they beat Valencia 2-0 in Spain in their opening Champions League match this season, whilst Manchester United stuttered to a 0-0 draw at home against the second-tier Spanish side.
Juventus also performed well against big sides on their travels in last year’s Champions League, winning 3-1 at Real Madrid and 2-1 at Tottenham. Meanwhile, United also struggled at home against another second-tier Spanish team last season as they lost to Sevilla in the knockout stages.
However, it could be worth considering the point that this is only a Champions League group stage match, and that Juventus should easily qualify from the group whatever the result. That may not be the case for United though as, after only drawing against Valencia, their progression to the knockout stages is much more in the balance.
Juventus also only won one of their away games in the group stages last season so, with United having the bigger motivation to win the game, Juventus may be happy with a draw.
Manchester United vs Juventus Outright Free Tip: Draw @ 3.30 Bet365, Marathon, Betfair, Betvictor, PaddyPower, Unibet
Manchester United vs Juventus Correct Score Preview
It would be easy to make a case for any match between a side managed by Jose Mourinho and a top Italian team being a low-scoring defensive affair. However, Mourinho’s defensive tactics haven’t been working this season, with United conceding in all four of their Premier League home games.
Indeed, United have looked much better in the second halves against Newcastle and Chelsea when forced to take the game to the opposition, and Mourinho will surely go for the win. Whether his side are good enough to get a victory is a different matter, but it should ensure there are goals. Meanwhile, Juventus are more than capable of pouncing on any mistake that United’s shaky defence makes, and have scored at least twice in each of their last five away matches.
That means this could be a real goalscoring treat, and it could be worth betting on a 2-2 score-line and/or betting on more than 3.5 goals in the over/under goals market.
Manchester United vs Juventus Correct Score Free Tip: 2-2 @ 16.00 Betvictor, Betstars
Manchester United vs Juventus Over/Under Goals Free Tip: Over 3.5 Goals @ 4.00 888Sport, Betfair, Unibet
Manchester United vs Juventus Anytime Goalscorer Preview
Christiano Ronaldo has yet to prove as prolific at Juventus as he did at Real Madrid but, with his outstanding record of scoring in the Champions League, it could be worth remembering that he started last season slowly. Therefore, the 8/5 about him scoring against his old team looks more than fair.
Martial also has to be of interest after his two goals against Chelsea, as has Marcus Rashford who has scored against some big teams recently at international level. However, it could be that United can catch Juventus out at a set-piece, with Chris Smalling a big price to score if they do.
Manchester United vs Juventus Anytime Goalscorer Free Tips:
Christiano Ronaldo @ 2.60 Ladbrokes, Betvictor
Chris Smalling @ 17.00 Bet365, 10bet
Odds Correct at Time of Publication