Loads of Man Utd fans react as Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial start against West Ham

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made some key changes to his Manchester United lineup to face Aston Villa in the Premier League at Old Trafford. 

United can move level on points with leaders Liverpool with victory over Dean Smith’s in-form side in their first game in 2021.

And Solskjaer appears to have sprung a surprise in his formation by reverting to a diamond midfield.

Paul Pogba, Fred, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes all start in what we presume is a midfield quartet with indispensable Fernandes at the apex supporting Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford up front.

Martial returns to lead the line after Edinson Cavani was banned for three games for an Instagram post that was seen as offensive in some contexts, as per the BBC.

Alternatively, Pogba could take up an unfamiliar position on the left-flank in a triple-pronged attack with Rashford on the right.

Meanwhile, Eric Bailly retains his place in central defence alongside skipper Harry Maguire after a man-of-the-match showing against Wolves.

Luke Shaw returns to left-back ahead of Alex Telles after coming on for the Brazilian at half-time in Tuesday’s victory.

Solskjaer also has a strong bench at his disposal with Donny van de Beek, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood and Juan Mata all available reinforcements.

See the team news in full below, courtesy of United’s official twitter account:


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