Manchester United will lock horns with Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday night, hoping to pick up a win away from home. The Red Devils will be coming into the match on the back of a narrow 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the third round of the prestigious FA Cup competition.
Steven Gerrard will be without the services of Leon Bailey and Marvelous Nakamba as they are out injured, whereas John McGinn remains suspended for the upcoming clash.
Trezeguet and Bertrand Traore are at the African Cup of Nations.
On the positive side, new signings Philipe Coutinho and Lucas Digne are expected to make their respective debuts on Saturday.
The English tactician will probably opt for the 4-3-3 formation with a couple of changes from the last game. In attack, Coutinho might get the nod over Danny Ings, whereas Morgan Sanson looks likely to make a rare start at the centre of the park.
4-3-3 Aston Villa Predicted Lineup Vs Manchester United
Emiliano Martinez will continue to operate between the sticks for the upcoming home encounter. The ex-Arsenal shot-stopper will be hoping to secure a clean sheet on Saturday.
Ezri Konsa will form the centre-half partnership with Tyrone Mings at the heart of Villans’ backline.
Lucas Digne is a guaranteed starter at the left-back position, whereas Matty Cash will fill in on the other flank as the right-back. The fullbacks will be expected to stay compact and keep their shape defensively.
Douglas Luiz and Morgan Sanson will fulfil the holding midfield positions, with the former occupying a more defensive role to shield the home side’s back-four.
Jacob Ramsey will slot into the attacking midfield role. The 20-year-old midfielder would be determined to set up some clear-cut goal-scoring chances for the men up front.
Emiliano Buendia and Philipe Coutinho are expected to take wide positions, playing on the left and right-wing, respectively.
Ollie Watkins will lead the line for the hosts against Manchester United this weekend. The Englishman will be hoping to make the most of his chances when he faces off against the United defence that has kept just one clean sheet in their last four matches across all competitions.
Danny Ings could come off the bench in the second forty-five minutes of the contest if needed.