Manchester United have "nowhere to hide" after crashing out of the Carabao Cup last week, says former Red Devils striker Michael Owen.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds himself under pressure at Old Trafford just over a month into the new season, having slumped to three defeats in the past two weeks.
His side were first beaten 2-1 in their opening Champions League group stage outing away at Young Boys, before West Ham got the better of them in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
And to make matters worse, they then suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.
United need to return to winning ways in their Champions League clash with Villarreal on Wednesday night, which has become a crucial fixture in Solskjaer's tenure.
Speaking on BT Sport before the game, Owen explained how exiting the Carabao Cup so early this season has left his former side vulnerable.
"I don’t think they're playing too badly," he said.
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"The good thing about the Champions League group stage is you can afford one or two blips.
"Ideally you don’t want to do it right at the start because you’re playing catch-up all the way through. It’s nice to get the points on the board and take it easy in the last game or two and rest a few players.
"If you finish second, then so be it.
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"However, Manchester United have put themselves under great pressure.
"Going out of the cup as well is a big blow because that can almost save your season if you’re doing bad, but now they have nowhere to hide."
Solskjaer made four changes to his starting lineup for their meeting with Villarreal at Old Trafford.
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Diogo Dalot has come in at right-back for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while Alex Telles has replaced the injured Luke Shaw at left-back.
Victor Lindelof is also deputising for injured captain Harry Maguire at centre-back and Jadon Sancho has got the nod on the right flank at Fred's expense.
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