Ralf Rangnick has his hands full with this Manchester United team, and it won’t be any easier when he visits Old Trafford in the form of Aston Villa to start his journey with this year’s FA Cup.
While other Premier League teams benefited from a favorable draw to advance against a lower-level opponent, Manchester United had a match with the second Premier League team in the third round of the FA Cup. This will only make the situation more difficult for Rangnick, whose deficits in the line-up were reflected in the last 1-0 loss with the Wolves.
The Red Devils were soundly defeated by the Wolves’ structured division, with Rangnick’s preferred formation not producing the desired results. He will call on the Germans to be more flexible in his tactics and work to get the best out of his available team.
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Aston Villa, meanwhile, have lost four of their last six in the Premier League, but the performances probably didn’t deserve such a hard return. These recent results include a close single-goal loss to Man City and Liverpool challengers, plus a 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge, which led Villa to lead Chelsea before Romela Lukaku turned the game on half-head.
Steven Gerrard was praised for his initial charm of the games at Villa Park, and this party seems to be a real test for Rangnick’s plagued Red Devils. The two sides will meet again a few days later for a Premier League match scheduled for January 15.
How to watch Man United vs. Aston Villa
- Date: Monday, January 10
- Time: 2:55 PM ET
- Streaming: ESPN + (subscribers only)
Monday’s FA Cup match between Manchester United and Aston Villa of Old Trafford will be broadcast exclusively on the ESPN ESPN + streaming service in the USA.
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Expected reports Man United vs. Aston Villa
Paul Pogba is still outside Manchester United, is rehabilitating a groin injury in Dubai and needs another month before returning to training. Viktor Lindelof returns from his COVID-19 spell, but Harry Maguire is still outside with an injury, ie Phil Jones although he could keep his place in the starting lineup Raphael Varane is also a candidate depending on whether Rangnick decides the first election in the cup.
Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw are both suspended for the Premier League replay of this match on January 15 due to a yellow card suspension, so both are likely to be used to help the team breathe. It will be interesting to see if Bruno Fernandes is deployed by Rangnick, who left the Portuguese creator of the game on the bench for the Wolves match, and his introduction around the hour of this match had effect and betrayed the original decision of the boss.
That is also to be expected Dean Henderson will start in Manchester United’s goal because he was a man in the United network when he lost the EFL Cup to West Ham United.
Expected basic line-up Man United (4-2-2-2): Henderson (GK) – Dalot, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw – Fred, McTominay – Sancho, Fernandes – Ronaldo, Rashford.
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Steven Gerrard is expected to appoint a full force, with both Ollie Watkins and Tyrone Mings ready to return after missing an unsatisfactory defeat with Brentford. Ashley Young probably missed due to ankle injury, except for a late fitness test Leon Bailey and Amazing Nakamba have already been excluded.
Aston Ville is missing the attackers Bertrand Traore and Trezeguet due to their participation in the African Cup of Nations, the absences they will feel. Mings a John McGinn are suspended for a Premier League game due to a yellow card, but both are likely to be deployed here.
New man Philippe Coutinho it is unlikely to appear after the January move, with the Brazilian arriving in England only on Sunday.
Expected basic set Aston Villa (4-3-3): Martinez (GK) – Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett – Ramsey, Luiz, McGinn – Buendia, Watkins, Ings.
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Man United vs. Aston Villa betting tips and predictions
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Aston Villa is a well-trained team, and given that Manchester United boss has replaced a number of Premier League executives during his brief tenure in the Premier League, I expect Steven Gerrard to take another good test.
The match is ultimately decided by Rangnick’s tactical flexibility, from which the German has not yet shown anything. If he changed the 4-2-2-2 lineup and allowed Bruno Fernandes to operate behind the striker, it would give Manchester United significant support. So far, however, we have seen Rangnick’s stubbornness, who asked United to play his way, rather than to adapt to the team’s skills. If that doesn’t change, United will continue to fight.
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Emiliano Buendia has been under the radar this season in the Premier League and has not gained a statistical return for his strong involvement in good offensive play recently, so this could be the perfect opportunity to escape to bring visitors to victory.
Choice: Aston Villa to win (+400)
Forecast: Manchester United 1-2 Aston Villa
- Moneyline: Male United -140 / Draw +295 / Aston Villa +400
- Extension (Asian Handicap): Male United -0.5 (+100) / Aston Villa +0.5 (-110)
- Total O / U 2.5 goals: Over -120 / Under +100
- Both teams will score: Yes -130 / No +100