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Man Utd vs Juventus: Analysis of Elite Player options

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Manchester United's David de Gea celebrates after Luke Shaw (not pictured) scores their second goal
Image: David de Gea will be searching for a third consecutive clean sheet

Tuesday's Sky Sports Six-a-Side match-up sees Cristiano Ronaldo return to Old Trafford as Juventus face off against Manchester United in the Champions League.

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United have enjoyed an unbeaten run in their Champions League campaign, dispatching Young Boys 3-0 in Switzerland before drawing 0-0 at home to Valencia. Juventus top the group after two wins from two, including a valiant and resolute 2-0 win at the Mestalla to see off Valencia with 10 men.

Your Elite Player is always a challenging choice, especially when all four possess the power to rack up a hefty points haul and potentially win you the £1,000 prize. Take a look at the contenders and pick your Sky Sports Six-a-Side team.

David de Gea

Boasting the most clean sheets in the Premier League last season with 18, De Gea has certainly not lost his desire to keep the ball out of the net, recording two clean sheets out of two thus far in the Champions League.

He poses a different point-pulling to the other three, attack-minded, Elite Players as he can earn valuable points from preventing opponents from finding the net.

A further 45 have come from shots the Spaniard has saved, which is not surprising as he is often considered to be up there as one of the best shot-stoppers in the world. He will have his hands full against the Juventus frontline, which could place De Gea as a unique option when choosing your Elite Player.

Romelu Lukaku

After an impressive World Cup where he recorded four goals, the Belgian backed that up with an emphatic four in only two UEFA Nations League matches, while scoring a modest four goals in his opening nine Premier League games.

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As well as his impressive goal haul this campaign, he has the ability to gain points through other avenues, reiterated by the 10 chances he has created for United, not including another in the Champions League.

Lukaku has recorded 22 successful aerial duels, which has accumulated 44 of his 319.5 Sky Sports Six-a-Side points, and yet again highlights varying ways to obtain these, in comparison to the other Elite Players.

Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United
Image: Romelu Lukaku has attained 44 points from aerial duels

Paulo Dybala

The 24-year-old recorded an astonishing 149 points in Juventus' match against Young Boys, coming in for the place of the then-suspended Ronaldo and making an impact with the hat-trick he scored.

Paulo Dybala scored a hat-trick for Juventus in the Champions League
Image: Paulo Dybala scored three against Young Boys

Dybala has only registered the solitary goal in six appearances for the Italian champions this season and will have to improve his domestic record if he can emulate his 22 goals in 33 appearances last year.

He also completed a total of 44 passes which gave him an additional 22 points on top of his total, which proves he has the capability to give Sky Sports Six-a-Side players pivotal points, as he attempts to feed and set up team-mates.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is set to return to Old Trafford as a Juventus player, holding fond memories of playing against old teams. He has scored five goals and created two in six appearances against teams he has previously played for, including a goal in both matches against Manchester United in the competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 400 goals across Europe's top five leagues - for Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus
Image: Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to lead the line for Juve

Ronaldo attained -6 Sky Sports Six-a-Side points in his last game due to the red card he saw against Valencia, though his domestic form has picked up in the Serie A, directly contributing to nine goals in as many games, with five goals and four assists.

The Portugual international is the obvious frontrunner out of the Elite Player options, keen to get his 2018/19 Champions League campaign off and running and leave a sting in the tail of the Old Trafford faithful.

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