Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Manchester United line-up
Hosts Manchester United would be keen to get back to winning ways when they welcome bottom-half side Aston Villa to Old Trafford on Sunday.
After an unfortunate 3-3 draw against Premier League newcomers Sheffield United in their previous game, the Red Devils are currently sitting 9th in the table.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa would be aiming for a second successive win, after overcoming Newcastle United 2-0 in their last encounter. However, 7 defeats from 13 games have left them reeling in 15th place.
It has been a largely inconsistent season for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Red Devils, who have managed just 4 wins in the league so far.
However, a win would take boss Dean Smith’s Villa level on points with United, who have 17 at the moment.
As many as four defenders – Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu Mensah, Diogo Dalot, and Marcos Rojo remain ruled out due to their respective injuries.
In-form midfielder Scott McTominay will also miss the game, as he recovers from an ankle injury.
Meanwhile, star player Paul Pogba still recovers from a foot injury that has kept him out of the side for most of the season, and won’t feature against the Villans.
However, Nemanja Matic is back in training, and Solskjaer would be hopeful that the Serbian midfielder would be fit ahead of the game against the Lions.
Predicted Manchester United line-up
David de Gea (GK)
United’s No. 1 for all occasions. However, it has not been the best of seasons for the Spaniard, having conceded 15 from 13 games.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB)
An exceptional tackler of the ball, Wan-Bissaka has been rock solid on the flanks but needs to improve his attacking game.
Harry Maguire (CB)
Possibly United’s best bet in defence with his vast experience in the Premier League. Yet to hit top gear since moving to Old Trafford in the summer.
Victor Lindelof (CB)
The Swede has cemented his spot alongside Maguire at the heart of United’s defence, but has been average so far in the season.
Brandon Williams (LB)
The youngest starter in the current side, Williams scored a superb volley against Sheffield United. Has shown immense potential in recent games.
Has looked a better player this season compared to his previous season. However, he seemed totally out of sorts against a strong Blades midfield.
James Garner (CM)
With McTominay out, the teenager might get a chance to prove his mettle. Ole looks to him as a future potential after rising through the youth ranks.
Daniel James (RW)
An industrious customer, the Welsh winger can create problems with his exuberant pace. Was impressive against Sheffield and provided one assist.
Andreas Pereira (CAM)
Dons the playmaker’s role, but has been largely unsuccessful so far. The Brazilian has managed just one assist until now despite starting regularly.
Marcus Rashford (LW)
Probably United’s most lethal attacker up front. Been consistent with his goals and assists. Currently their top-scorer, with 7 league goals to his name.
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Anthony Martial (ST)
Solskjaer’s preferred man in front of goal. His performances have not been entirely satisfactory but has shown glimpses of brilliance at times.