Manchester United face Aston Villa, with their somewhat depleted side, in the only friendly match before the start of the 2020/21 season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Has been confirmed Luke Shaw He will appear after recovering from injury, although Mason Greenwood, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata are unlikely to participate in the tournament. Fred, Sergio Romero, Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic were also absent from training.
Below Maine United The writers choose which teams they think Solskjaer should pick at Villa Park:
The Premier League seats have been reduced to seven substitutes again and if United’s season begins tomorrow, Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira will not be absent. Both may start.
If Marcus Rashford is yet to return from injury, United are without a full squad, including substitutes at Villa Park. Six of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘First XI’ may not have settled into more than five league matches.
Unless you grasp Lingard and Perera (and why, even in a friendly?) This is an unusual formation in an unusual Manchester United match.
Solskjaer should give Henderson a goalkeeper, although you doubt David de Gea will play in the net against Crystal Palace, whatever happens. Wan-Bissaka did not train, so Brandon Williams deserves a chance at right-back, with Shaw’s welcome back on the other side.
Midfield options shouldn’t be a problem for United this season, although they are a bit short at the moment, as Pogba is back after testing positive for the Covid-19 virus. Giving Donnie Van de Beek a chance to play his first minutes in a United shirt is a wise idea on the eve of the right season.
Up front, Greenwood will likely miss the opportunity so Dan James should be given a chance to rediscover his best form. He has looked a bit sharp playing Wells in his recent international hiatus.
Choose your team to face a villa here:
Since this is United’s only friendliness ahead of the start of the Premier League season next weekend, it makes sense to start with as many of the team as possible that will be playing at Crystal Palace.
This meant De Gea started on goal, with Henderson getting his chance in the second half. Defensively, Lindelof, Maguire and Shaw can resume their partnership, but Wan Bisaka’s lack of training means Williams has to switch to right-back.
In midfield, United will be without Pogba, who has only returned to Carrington, while Matic also missed training, as did Fernandez. This definitely means Van de Beek’s first start, with McTominay by his side and Pereira in the leading role.
In the attack, Greenwood will almost certainly be absent, at least from the start, so James could take his place alongside Rashford, if he’s fit enough to play the role, and Martial.