The first-team coach and longtime former midfielder temporarily took the reins of the first-team at Old Trafford on Sunday when Solskjaer was finally relieved of his duties after a humiliating 4-1 loss at Watford – the United’s fifth loss in seven Premier League appearances.
Carrick will oversee affairs while the club search for an interim boss until the end of the season before moving on to a long-term goal next summer.
The former England international will be desperate to see a reaction from United players in what is a key game in eastern Spain.
United currently sit at the top of Group F with two games to go, although they are tied on points with Unai Emery’s Villarreal and ahead only head-to-head, with Atalanta just two points behind as ‘they travel to face the Young Boys in Switzerland.
Kick-off date, time and location
Villarreal vs Manchester United are scheduled to kick off at 5:45 p.m. GMT today – Tuesday 23 November 2021.
Where to watch Man United vs Villarreal
TV channel: Tonight’s game will be televised live on BT Sport 3, with coverage starting at 5 p.m.
Direct: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the action unfold online through the BT Sport website or app.
You can also follow the coverage with Standard Sport’s LIVE match blog.
Villarreal vs Man United team news
United defender Raphael Varane sidelined for several weeks with a hamstring injury, although captain Harry Maguire is available for European competition amid a one-match domestic suspension for his two yellow cards – which came in the span of seven minutes – in the Watford debacle.
Paul Pogba is also out for up to three months due to a thigh injury suffered with France, while Mason Greenwood is isolating himself after testing positive for Covid-19.
Luke Shaw is also dubious with a head injury suffered against Watford, while Edinson Cavani is still struggling with a tendon problem.
Prediction Villarreal vs Man United
As bad as United have been under Solskjaer in recent months, Saturday at Watford was definitely a new low.
While it has been evident for some time that Solskjaer is well overwhelmed, United players must start to take responsibility for some of their miserable performances.
Carrick will have his own thoughts on how to improve, having been at the forefront of recent disasters in his role as first-team coach.
We expect some sort of backlash, but not enough to topple a Villarreal side on a three-game unbeaten streak, with former Arsenal boss Emery reaffirming his commitment to the club after ties to Newcastle.
Another entertaining draw between these two teams could arise, with Cristiano Ronaldo undoubtedly keen to play the hero role again.
Villarreal 2-2 Manchester United.
History and results of face to face (h2h)