2021 is here. What better way to kick things off than a Red Devils victory? Let’s get right into our predicted Man Utd XI vs Villa…
To their credit, Dean Smith’s men have looked mightily impressive this season. Goals, creativity, defensive astuteness. I’d go as far as saying that Aston Villa are the surprise package of 2020/21, as they’re genuine contenders for a spot in the European qualification places this term.
We all know how good Jack Grealish is, but you have to praise the likes of Ollie Watkins, John McGinn, Tyrone Mings and Emi Martinez, too. Villa boast a squad jam-packed with talent and it’s up to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to neutralise all their threats.
United, though, find themselves in a title challenge. Sure, we’re early on in the season but we deserve to be in the conversation. A win here would draw us level on points with Liverpool. What more incentive do these players need?
Touch wood, injury-wise, we’re looking in decent shape. Victor Lindelof aside, the Baby Faced Assassin should have a fully fit squad to choose from. So let’s get right into it…
Predicted Man Utd XI vs Villa in full:
David de Gea will start in between the sticks here, despite Dean Henderson pushing hard for regular starts.
I’ve gone for Luke Shaw at left-back, with the Englishman playing some of the best football of his career this season. Aaron Wan-Bissaka of course plays in the right-back slot. Harry Maguire will play, partnering Axel Tuanzebe. Lindelof is injured while I don’t want to overwork Eric Bailly too much too soon…
Scott McTominay will be feeling well-rested so he’ll be drafted into the team here. Bruno Fernandes obviously starts, as does Fred, who is the go-to player for these tight-knit games.
There’s no Edinson Cavani, so Anthony Martial will lead the line tonight. Marcus Rashford will play off the left-flank, with Mason Greenwood starting over on the right.
The likes of Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Dan James give the manager plenty of options off the substitutes bench should he need them.