Manchester United aim to secure their second spot in the Premier League table, as they face Aston Villa on Sunday.
Manchester United secured a spot in the UEFA Europa League final, after securing a comprehensive victory over AS Roma in the semifinals. The Red Devils won by a score-line of 8-5 on aggregate, as they now shift their attention on to the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side has a tight schedule in front of them, as they play three league games in the span of five days.
Anthony Martial has returned to training this week, and he might make an appearance from the bench against Aston Villa.Meanwhile, Daniel James has been ruled out from the fixture due to an injury. There will be a few changes to the side that started in the midweek against Roma, in order to keep the players fresh for the remaining fixtures.
Dean Henderson has become Manchester United’s number one goalkeeper for the league outings, and he is expected to start between the sticks on Sunday. Victor Lindelof will return to the starting lineup, and will partner Harry Maguire at the centre-back position. Both, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw were withdrawn at half-time in Rome, and are expected to start against Aston Villa.
Scott McTominay was on the bench against Roma, and is well-rested for Sunday’s fixture. The Welshman will replace Donny van de Beek in the starting lineup, and will partner Fred in midfield. He will play a deeper role, safeguarding the defence, whereas, Fred will operate higher up the pitch.
Bruno Fernandes has been an integral part of the squad this season. Although, he certainly deserves a rest against Aston Villa, however, the lack of options in his position is a big factor. The Portuguese has scored 26 goals this season, and has assisted another 17. Paul Pogba will start on the left side of the midfield, whereas, Juan Mata will start on the right side.
Mason Greenwood played the full 90 minutes against Roma, and will be given some rest ahead of the midweek clash against Leicester City. Marcus Rashford will start as the striker on Sunday, as he was on the bench during the second leg of the Europa league semifinals. Edinson Cavani is expected to be introduced as a substitute in the latter stages of the games, or when the need arises.