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Sancho, Telles And Matic To Start | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Manchester United Lineup Vs Villarreal

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Manchester United brace themselves for their first game in the post-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era as they take on Villarreal on Tuesday. After sacking their coach on Sunday, the Red Devils are likely to be led by Michael Carrick in this midweek encounter, where a win could guarantee a place in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League.

Predicted Manchester United Lineup Vs Villarreal


Carrick will have to deal with a few issues regarding injuries, especially in the defensive department. Summer signing Raphael Varane remains out with a hamstring problem while Luke Shaw is a major doubt after being taken off in the game against Watford.

Harry Maguire’s red card suspension doesn’t apply in the Champions League, though, which means the Englishman should once again marshal the United backline, alongside Victor Lindelof.

The absence of Shaw, meanwhile, could see Alex Telles being given a rare opportunity at left-back. Aaron Wan-Bissaka remains a guaranteed starter on the opposite flank, although Jadon Sancho is pushing for a start as well, should United opt for a back five.

Another guaranteed starter for Manchester United is David de Gea. The Spaniard has been arguably the best performer for the team this season and will be hoping to maintain his excellent run of form this midweek.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Alex Telles of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Manchester United and Villarreal CF at Old Trafford on September 29, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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In midfield, Manchester United are missing out on the services of Paul Pogba due to a long-term injury. It will be a massive blow for Carrick, who may persist with the experienced Nemanja Matic in the holding midfield position.

The Serbian is expected to accompany Scott McTominay in the double-pivot, although Fred is another option. It also won’t be a surprise to see Donny van de Beek being given an opportunity, especially with Solskjaer out.


With Mason Greenwood out injured, Carrick could continue with Jadon Sancho on the right flank while Marcus Rashford may occupy the opposite flank, hoping to provide the pace and trickery in the final third.

The two may also be used as runners, thus allowing the number ten Bruno Fernandes to pick them up with his trademark balls in behind the backline. The Portuguese international will be tasked with the responsibility of offering creative support to his fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo.

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