Giuseppe Rossi Hoping for Good Champions League Start Against Manchester United

ThomasSenior Writer ISeptember 14, 2008

There's a rising force in La Liga, and its name is Villarreal CF. After coming in second in the league last season, ahead of Barcelona, the Spanish club is hoping to make its mark in Europe.

On Wednesday, El Submarino Amarillo (literally, the Yellow Submarines) will start its Champions League season against defending champions, Manchester United.

For one player, this will be a special trip.

Giuseppe Rossi, the American-born Italian, was part of Manchester United for three years from 2004-2007. However, he was loaned out to Parma in 2006 and then sent to Villarreal, where he has since excelled.

Despite having struggled with a recent injury, Rossi is desperate to play some part in the Champions League Group E clash against his former teammates.

"I’m hopeful I can feature,” Rossi told EFE. “I feel good and I’m slowly recovering my best form.

"The game against United will be a great encounter against the best team in the world and for me it’s going to be special having played there.

“All the players at Villarreal can’t wait to play such a game.”

With the striker troubles that Villarreal has had, Rossi is most likely going to get the start.

Another surprising start for the club could be American Jozy Altidore. The young striker has impressed the club since his transfer, and is willing to start if he has too.

All in all, this match looks to be a good one. So be sure to watch Manchester United against Villarreal at Old Trafford on Wednesday.