Aston Villa, following their good win against Newcastle United on Monday night, will return to Premier League action on Sunday when they face Manchester United.
Villa will travel to Old Trafford, having won 3 of their last 6 appearances. Dean Smith’s side have also faced Liverpool and Manchester City in those 6 games.
The Villans have picked up 14 points from 13 games so far, while their opponents for Sunday are three points ahead of them in the league table.
Smith will be buoyed by United’s recent form, and will go into the game with a positive outlook.
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The only big worry for Smith is centre-back Bjorn Engels, who has missed the last two games due to injury.
But, he should return to the squad for the big game at Old Trafford. No. 2 goalkeeper Jed Steer is out of action, while Jota and Keinan Davis are doubts and might not make the Aston Villa lineup.
Let’s take a look at the possible Aston Villa team against Manchester United:
Predicted Aston Villa Lineup vs Manchester United
Tom Heaton should be in goal for Villa, in what will be his 13th start of the season.
Smith is likely to start with Tyrone Mings, who has been in incredible form this season at the back, and Bjorn Engels could return to the Aston Villa lineup if he’s passed fit, replacing Ezri Konsa.
But, Smith will be confident about the partnership of Mings and Konsa, as the do kept a clean sheet in the game against Newcastle United last Monday.
Frédéric Guilbert and Matt Targett will retain their places at right-back and left-back, respectively in the Aston Villa lineup.
Marvelous Nakamba was on the bench for the game against Newcastle United, but he could return to the Aston Villa team as his defensive qualities will be important for the side.
He could replace Douglas Luiz in the Aston Villa lineup as the deep-lying midfielder. Conor Hourihane will surely retain his place in the team after a man of the match performance against Newcastle, where he scored one and assisted another.
John McGinn should start as the attacking midfielder in the Villa team for the game against United.
Jack Grealish also had a good game against the Magpies and he should start on the left, while Anwar El Ghazi should start on the right, with Wesley playing up top.