[Image] Predicted 4-2-3-1 Man United XI to face Aston Villa – Can the Red Devils pass this tough test?


Predicted Manchester United XI to face Aston Villa in the Premier League

Manchester United face Aston Villa in their first Premier League game of 2021 after ending 2020 on a high. The Red Devils have shown some very good form in recent games, which has pushed them to second place in the table. They have won 4 out of their last 5 games.

Aston Villa aren’t in bad shape either, having held Chelsea in their previous game. That means they have won 3 of their last 5 games. By no means will this be an easy outing for the home side given their apparent struggles at Old Trafford this season.

Manchester United Team News

There will be a few injuries to wiggle through for this game. Victor Lindelof could miss this game with his long standing back problem. The defensive duo of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are also expected to be out. There seems to be no other injuries for Solskjaer to deal with.

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Victor Lindelof of Manchester United comes off due to injury during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Leicester, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Glyn Kirk – Pool/Getty Images)

Probable Manchester United XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

David de Gea (GK)

The big Spaniard has been in top form over the last few games. Will be crucial for United that he continues in the same vein.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB)

Wan-Bissaka is slowly returning to his best given some of the tackling on display.

Eric Bailly (CB)

It is good that the Ivorian has returned to fitness just when Lindelof is expected to be out. Impressive so far in the two games. One to keep an eye on.

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Manchester United’s English defender Harry Maguire reacts at the final whistle at the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 24, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Harry Maguire (CB)

The captain will continue to lead his team. Looks much better with Bailly’s agility alongside him.

Luke Shaw (LB)

Came on in the second half of last game but will very likely start this one out.

Scott McTominay (DM)

Very likely to replace Matic due to squad rotation in a hectic festive period.

Fred (DM)

Likely to come back for this one and partner McTominay in midfield. Comes in place of Paul Pogba.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 24: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates with teammates Bruno Fernandes (L) and Fred (R) after scoring their team’s third goal from a penalty during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between Manchester United and İstanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford on November 24, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes (AM)

There is no way teams can keep this guy out of the game. Some way or the other, he finds his mojo and influences the proceedings.

Mason Greenwood (RW)

The youngster looks to be having somewhat of a dull patch but it might not be long before he comes back to his best.

Marcus Rashford (LW)

Hero of the previous match, Marcus Rashford is one of United’s most in-form players now.

Anthony Martial (ST)

With Cavani looking a bit ineffective through the last one, Martial could be handed a chance to make his case against Villa.

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