Manchester United return to the Premier League this weekend looking to climb back up the table with another game against Aston Villa.
A tough match awaits, with United clinching a 1-0 win in the FA Cup at Old Trafford last week with Villa disallowed for two goals.
Villa beat United in the previous Premier League game, with United missing a late penalty. Dean Smith and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were responsible for this game.
This game sees another duel between Ralf Rangnick and Steven Gerrard and while United have won their last two visits to Villa Park they both came without fans in attendance.
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How will United be set up?
The random Rangnick formation selection takes effect again, with the boss using six in his first seven games in charge.
After beating Villa last week, Rangnick explained how United looked better after switching to a diamond midfield formation.
With that in mind, it would make sense for United to line up the same way and that opens up an extra spot in midfield.
Double suspension: United are without Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay, who are both suspended after earning their fifth booking of the season in their last league game against Wolves. John McGinn is also suspended from Aston Villa for the same reason.
Alex Telles will step in for Shaw at left-back in a simple like-for-like substitution. Expect United to then stick with the same defense that kept a clean sheet in the last game, with Diogo Dalot retaining his place at right-back.
That means Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane will continue to remain as centre-backs with Harry Maguire on the bench. We wouldn’t be surprised if Maguire comes back, but the duo who played last week deserve to keep their spots.
McTominay’s suspension and the switch to a four-man midfield mean two players are coming into the side, Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek.
Van de Beek impressed Rangnick when he came on as a substitute against Villa last week and let’s face it, he’s long overdue for an opportunity – although we’ve been wrong about that before.
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United will then have a two-man attack meaning Marcus Rashford will be benched. There is also no room for Jadon Sancho or Anthony Elanga in this formation. Both would have been considered in a 4-2-3-1 that saw United debut against Villa last week.
Cristiano Ronaldo is fit again and replaces Edinson Cavani in the starting XI, alongside Mason Greenwood. This is a great opportunity for the couple to show that they can have a connection after not having radioed together before.
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