Man United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has made five changes to his starting XI for tonight’s Emirates FA Cup tie against Aston Villa, from the team that lost to Wolves at home in the Premier League a week ago.
Cristiano Ronaldo is among those in the Man United team who aren’t featuring against Steve Gerrard’s side as we start our campaign in the famous competition.
Ronaldo misses out alongside Phil Jones, who performed well in the 1-0 Wolves defeat after almost two years out.
Jones’ place is taken by the returning Victor Lindelof. The Swedish international has been absent due to injury and then COVID-19 since the win at Norwich on 11 December. He will partner Raphael Varane.
Bruno Fernandes is back in the starting line-up and captains United. Marcus Rashford replaces Ronaldo up front in the Reds attack.
Fred is in for Nemanja Matic in midfield and Diogo Dalot replaces Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right back.
Man United: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes (C) Greenwood, Rashford, Cavani.
Subs: Heaton, Mata, Lingard, Amad, Telles, Wan-Bissaka, Matic, Van de Beek, Elanga,
There is always so much to debate and discuss around the Man United line-up, and that is certainly the case as Ralf Rangnick’s men prepare to host Aston Villa in the Emirates FA Cup.
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Within our exclusive pre-match interview, Rangnick speaks in detail about tactical flexibility and how it is possible for United to play with different formations in one game, as we saw during the last match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, when he switched from a back four to three.
“I think with our team, we have those two options,” says Ralf. “In order to play with a back three, we need to have most of our centre-backs available, I think even under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], the team did it, for example in games like Tottenham, Atalanta away, or against Manchester City, in the derby.
“I think we can play in the back three, this could be an option for us, but, as I said, it also depends on the players available, on the current shape and form of the players and also, to a certain extent, to the team against which we are playing.”
So, what we will see against Aston Villa? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below, before reading the best guesses of two club reporters…