Manchester United will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten start to the new Premier League season when they host Aston Villa in today’s early kick-off.
The Red Devils have picked up 13 points from a possible 15 after a strong showing in the opening weeks of 2021/22, and they could move to the top of the table with another victory at Old Trafford.
Their chances of doing just that received a significant boost after United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that experienced striker Edinson Cavani will be back in the matchday squad following an injury layoff.
“He’s in the squad tomorrow, he’s been training, and now he feels ready to contribute,” the Norwegian confirmed in Friday’s press conference.
“He came on against Wolverhampton, then he got a slight strain in the international break when we had a game, and he’s ready again. He’s worked really hard and diligently, and hopefully, he’ll have an impact as he did last season.”
Solskjaer will be hoping that his side can bounce back from a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham in the Carabao Cup last time out, and he’s expected to ring the changes following that underwhelming display in midweek.
With that in mind, here’s how Football FanCast expects the 48-year-old to line up against Villa, with 11 changes from the side which lost to the Hammers on Wednesday…
In goal, David de Gea’s return to form will see him come back into the starting XI, meaning that Dean Henderson will be on the substitutes’ bench.
Ahead of the Spanish shot-stopper is expected to a back four which has shown a lot of promise in the early stages of the campaign, with Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Aaron Wan-Bissaka making up the defensive unit.
The midfield engine room will also have a familiar feel to it as Scott McTominay and Fred are set to form a double pivot, providing a solid foundation for the more attack-minded Bruno Fernandes from which to work.
Completing the lineup is Paul Pogba, the £45m-rated Mason Greenwood and summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo, relegating Anthony Martial back the sidelines after a hugely disappointing performance against West Ham on Wednesday night.