Ralf Rangnick drops Manchester United team news hint ahead of Aston Villa FA Cup tie – Manchester Evening News

Ralf Rangnick has indicated Manchester United will play their best possible team in their FA Cup third round tie against Aston Villa.

United are 22 points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City and, with a Champions League round-of-16 tie against Spanish champions Atletico Madrid on the agenda in the spring, the FA Cup represents United’s best chance of silverware this season.

United have only won the FA Cup twice this century and since their final defeat to Chelsea in 2018 they have reached the quarter-finals twice and the semi-finals once.

Squad players Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek are vying for a start but are at the risk of disappointment if Rangnick continues to pick from regular starters.

Rangnick has fond memories of the competition from his time living in England in the late 1970s and early 80s. His parting gift from teammates at Southwick was a ticket to the 1980 final at Wembley when West Ham beat Arsenal.

“I’ve always been a big fan, supporter and admirer of the FA Cup,” Rangnick added. “I remember back in 1980 or 1981 when I spent my year abroad in Brighton I watched the FA Cup final at Wembley. It was West Ham against Arsenal, it was my farewell present from my teammates at Southwick. I’ve always been a big admirer of the atmosphere, that was obviously the old Wembley stadium.

“For me, it’s a very important competition. We will definitely try to play with our best possible team in that game and a strong team. We take the game as seriously as we can and hopefully get one round further ahead but in order to do that we have to be successful against Aston Villa.

“We know it will not be an easy game because, especially since they change managers, they have been doing well. They won four games and lost four games, three of them against the top team. It needs a top performance from us to be successful.”

Victor Lindelof could make his first appearance in a month after he missed the last three games with Covid-19 but Harry Maguire is still a doubt.

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