Manchester United vs Aston Villa: United’s Starting XI?

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United host Aston Villa in the lunchtime kick off on Saturday; the reds first game following Tuesday nights humiliating defeat to local rivals Manchester City. The Premier League now presents United with a competition with very little to actually play for, with Europa League football arguably not even worth fighting for. David Moyes will more than likely ring the changes after Tuesday night’s flat performance, and next week’s Champions League quarter final against current holders Bayern Munich is bound to be in the back of the Scotsman’s mind.

The early team news ahead of Saturday’s clash is that Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are possibly back in contention after facing short spells on the sidelines. Club captain Nemanja Vidic has also served his suspension for the red card he received against Liverpool and he should return to the squad. Then of course Robin Van persie will again miss out with his knee injury picked up against Olympiakos. With this all taken into consideration, here is the possible team David Moyes might pick on Saturday:

Goalkeeper

The Spaniard David De Gea is almost certain to start in the sticks again this weekend. United’s number one could do little about Tuesday nights goals and Moyes has also seemed reluctant to give back up keeper Anders Lindegaard much game time this season.

Defence 

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Phil Jones will more than likely keep his place at the heart of United’s defence come lunchtime on Saturday with Nemanja Vidic a real contender to come back into the side and partner the Englishman. Rafael Da Silva should start again at right back with United’s lack of any other real options, and I would expect Patrice Evra to start again at left back as a result of him being unavailable for Tuesday nights game against Bayern Munich. As mentioned, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans may be available, but Moyes will most likely save their legs for Tuesday night.

Midfield

The manager will undoubtedly be concerned with Tuesday night against Bayern Munich when it comes to picking his midfield. As a result of this, Ashley Young should return to the side after a decent performance against West Ham last Saturday, whilst Adnan Januzaj may make his first start in a few weeks on the left hand side for United. Michael Carrick should get the nod in the centre of midfield due to United’s lack of options and Darren Fletcher will most likely join him there with the Scotsman unlikely to play on Tuesday. The Spaniard Juan Mata is almost guaranteed to start in the number ten position due to him being cup tied for Tuesday, expect Shinji Kagawa to come into the side in place for him then.

Attack

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This is a tricky one as once again Moyes will have one mind on Tuesday. You would expect both Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney to start in the Champions League, but Moyes also seems reluctant to give Javier Hernandez a start no matter what the situation. Wayne Rooney always seems to play better with a run of games, so Moyes will probably go with United’s highest earner up top come Saturday.

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Predicted Starting XI

De Gea;

Rafael, Jones, Vidic, Evra;

Carrick, Fletcher;

Young, Mata, Januzaj;

Rooney.

Who do you think David Moyes will starting with against Aston Villa? Comment in the section below.

4 Comments

  1. no fellaini for either game please, he can serve a few matches suspended for that awfull elbow that met zabaletas face by accident. He was awfull against city again and really isnt a midfielder against the top teams, he isnt going to bully anyone off the ball from a top team unless its by fouling them.

    id have carrick and fletcher in both games purely for the experience they have, kagawa should play both aswell, januzaj should not start vs bayern as i think he still has alot of mistakes in his decision making which is normal at that age. At the back jones with vidic and i think if buttner is going to play vs bayern then he should also start vs villa, it will only give him a bit of confidence if he can have a good game b4, rather than jump straight in against bayern. up top hernandez saturday, welbeck vs bayern, rooney should play left side vs bayern to allow kagawa to work his magic in the middle.

  2. He will rest the keeper and play Fellaini at centre back and Buttner.
    He will also rest Rooney and play Chicorito, because Tuesday is ‘High Noon’
    , but the ‘good news’ is that all this ‘Moyes’ crap, is giving the ‘Glasers’ the ‘shits’, as each game goes past it gets worse. The Glasers are listening to Charlton and the ‘Hobbit’ Woodward, who are supporting Moyes. SAF is in neutral, but it was one of his friends who let Richard Keyes know about his anger and the treachery of Moyes on Meulennson and Phelen.Two coaches whom had helped in the transfer market and daily coaching and won more silverware than this ‘upstart’ Moyes ever will. Moyes has ignored Giggs, pampered Rooney, physically wrecked quite a few players with his training methods, and introduced ‘no pace’ into players who once had it.
    So,will sacking Moyes sort out the problem?.No, Moyes, Round, his cling ons, Charlton and Woodward have to go,as they have proven to be men of very poor judgement. This will cost the modern day ‘Fagins’ whom own the club almost a billion, by the end of next season, and that is why a good offer now, by this consortium COULD work.The only problem with this consortium is that the embattled Charlton and SAF will oppose that too.This will cost the Glasers more.Tragic, yet hilarious…..Word for SAF….the Revenge of Bechham cometh…..remember he brings ‘the wife too’…and she loves SAF…..NOT!

  3. Who gives a shit what team that cunt picks….hes a dead man walking thank god. Whatever team he plays will be the wrong one as hes the wrong one. Hope this joke fucks off and soon

  4. I hope Moyes starts the same players as West Ham. Or
    De Gea
    RB- Rafael
    CB- Jones, Smalling/Carrick
    LB- Buttner
    DM- Fletcher
    RM- Kagawa
    LM- Mata
    CAM- Rooney
    RW- Valencia
    LW- Januzaj

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