Predicted Man Utd XI vs Aston Villa: Ronaldo and Sancho return, Rashford dropped

Manchester United travel to Aston Villa with two players suspended as both Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay sit out the fixture.

The two players picked up their fifth yellow cards of the season in the 1-0 defeat against Wolves, therefore, will miss the next game against Villa.

There will be no surprises as far as the goalkeeper selection goes, with David de Gea widely expected to keep his place between the sticks.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is having a terrible season so it makes sense to give Diogo Dalot another opportunity at right-back. At least the Portuguese alternative can get forward and help United in attack. Meanwhile, Alex Telles will start the game due to Shaw’s suspension.

Although Harry Maguire has returned from injury, I think it’s best to stick with Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane at the back for this one. The skipper is another player having a dreadful season and there are valid questions being asked whether he can adapt to a team that is trying to play with a high press.

Ralf Rangnick will also be without Scott McTominay, who he has tipped as a future captain due to his leadership qualities. United will miss the Scotland international but we suspect Nemanja Matic will step in his place to partner Fred in front of the defence.

With the return of Jadon Sancho, it would be bizarre not to start him, though he will need more support from Bruno Fernandes. The pair have yet to hit peak form this season, but it promises to be disastrous for opponents when it eventually clicks.

Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the line and we think Mason Greenwood should be the one to partner him on, hopefully, a goalscoring spree.

SN’s predicted XI (4-2-2-2): De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles; Fred, Matic; Sancho, Fernandes; Greenwood, Ronaldo.

There is no place for Marcus Rashford in the team because it’s clear that he could do with a rest after a tough night on Monday. A positive cameo from the bench could act as a confidence booster.

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