Manchester United is gearing up for a crucial clash at Villa Park this Sunday, aiming to narrow the gap for a spot in Champions League football. Under Erik ten Hag’s guidance, the team has found a new lease of life, netting seven goals in their last two matches, a sharp increase from their previous form.
The resurgence in Manchester United’s performance has aligned with Ineos’ integration into the club, and the emergence of players such as Rasmus Hojlund, Alejandro Garnacho, and Kobbie Mainoo, who have all stepped up their game recently.
The primary focus for Ten Hag now is to foster consistency within the team following a period of unpredictability. With back-to-back victories under their belt, United is set to face Aston Villa, a team they’ve already beaten 3-2 earlier in the season, giving them confidence despite several key players being sidelined due to injuries.
In the defensive lineup, United will miss Lisandro Martínez, who is out with a serious knee injury expected to sideline him for two months. Updates on his condition and other team news will be crucial ahead of Sunday’s game. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also doubtful for the match after a setback in training, and Tyrell Malacia is still on the mend from a knee problem.
Mason Mount, a notable summer acquisition, remains out of contention as he recovers from a calf injury, with Ten Hag confirming he’s “not ready” to return. Nevertheless, the midfield looks robust with Casemiro and Amad Diallo back to full health. Despite rumors of a transfer, Christian Eriksen looks set to stay, bolstering the midfield options.
The offensive line will miss Anthony Martial, who is recuperating from groin surgery and is expected to be out until early April.
The anticipated Manchester United lineup against Aston Villa is as follows: Onana; Shaw, Varane, Maguire, Dalot; Casemiro, Mainoo, Fernandes; Rashford, Garnacho, Højlund.