Predicted Manchester United line-up v Aston Villa – United In Focus

Manchester United return to action this weekend in the Premier League looking to climb back up the table with another match against Aston Villa.

A tough game awaits, with United securing a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in the FA Cup last week, with Villa having two goals disallowed.

Villa beat United in the previous Premier League game, with United missing a late penalty. For that game, Dean Smith and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were in charge.

This match sees another duel between Ralf Rangnick and Steven Gerrard, and while United have won the last two visits to Villa Park, these both came without fans in attendance.

Manchester United Training Session
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How will United line-up?

The random Rangnick formation selector will be in effect again, with the boss using six in his first seven games in charge.

After the win over Villa last week, Rangnick explained how United looked better after he shifted to a diamond midfield formation.

With that in mind, it would make sense for United to line up in the same way, and that opens up an extra spot in midfield.

Double suspension: United are without Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay, both of who are suspended after picking up their fifth bookings of the season in the last league game against Wolves. John McGinn is also suspended for Aston Villa for the same reason.

Alex Telles will slot in for Shaw at left-back in an easy like for like change. Expect United to then stick with the same defence which kept a clean sheet in the last game, with Diogo Dalot retaining his place at right-back.

This means Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane will continue at centre-back with Harry Maguire on the bench. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Maguire come back in, but the duo who played last week deserve to keep their places.

McTominay’s suspension and the shift to a four-man midfield mean there are two players coming into the side, Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek.

Van de Beek impressed Rangnick when he came on against Villa last week, and let’s face it, an opportunity for him is long overdue – although we have been wrong on this before.

Manchester United v Aston Villa: The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
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United will then have a two-man attack which means Marcus Rashford will drop to the bench. There is also no space for Jadon Sancho, or Anthony Elanga in this formation. Both would have come under consideration in a 4-2-3-1 which United first lined up with against Villa last week.

Cristiano Ronaldo is fit again and will replace Edinson Cavani in the starting line-up, with Mason Greenwood alongside him. This is a great chance for the pair to show they can have a connection, having failed to spark together so far.

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