FA Cup: Manchester United team news and predicted lineup against Aston Villa

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Manchester United will kickstart their FA Cup campaign on Monday night when they will go head-to-head against Aston Villa at the Old Trafford stadium. 

The Red Devils ended up on the losing side in their last game in the Premier League against Wolverhampton Wanderers after displaying one of the worst performances of the season. Ralf Rangnick’s side struggled to contain the opposition and in the end, the visitors snatched all three points courtesy of the contribution from Joao Moutinho. 

Following this defeat, Manchester United are four points behind the fourth-placed Arsenal with a game in hand. West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur are also in the race to qualify for the Champions League. Spurs appear to be the favourites to finish in the top four spot at the moment, as they are two points behind the Gunners with two games in hand. 

FA Cup: Manchester United team news against Aston Villa

As per the team news provided by the club’s website, Victor Lindelof has returned to training after recovering from Covid-19. Harry Maguire who was absent in the last game against Wolves due to injury is in doubt ahead of this FA Cup fixture. The Ivorian centre-back Eric Bailly will not be available on Monday as he has already joined his national squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

Paul Pogba will remain sidelined for this encounter and the German boss said that the Frenchman will be out for at least a month before starting to train with the first-team squad. Apart from that, the 63-year-old will get a full squad to choose from and he has already stated that he wants to go with a full-strength team. 

Manchester United predicted line-up against Aston Villa:

Dean Henderson is expected to start in this fixture ahead of David De Gea. In centre-back, Victor Lindelof will return to the starting eleven and Raphael Varane will start alongside the Sweden international. Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles could start in the fullback position ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw. 

Despite producing a poor performance against Wolves, Scott McTominay might keep his place in midfield and Fred could return to the starting eleven alongside the Scotsman. 

Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho could commence the game in the attacking midfield position in Rangnick’s preferred 4-2-2-2 system. 

Cristiano Ronaldo should get a rest on Monday night and Mason Greenwood might lead the line with Uruguay international Edinson Cavani. 

Manchester United predicted line-up against Aston Villa(4-2-2-2):

Dean Henderson; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Alex Telles; Fred, Scott McTominay; Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho; Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood 

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