Cristiano Ronaldo to be dropped: Man United predicted XI vs Aston Villa – Man United News And Transfer News

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will be required to make the changes for Thursday’s match against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup after being humiliated by the Midlands side on Sunday.

The strategy of using Cristiano Ronaldo as a target man was an abject failure at Villa Park, as the Portuguese was completely dominated by Villa’s Tyrone Mings.

With Anthony Martial having had a few minutes in that game, we expect him to be called up to the centre-forward position, with the 37-year-old dropping to the bench.

Full-back positions will depend on the fitness of Antony, who has missed three games with a minor injury, and Jadon Sancho, who has been ill.

Sancho is perhaps the more likely of the two to have recovered in time, so we predict Marcus Rashford will return to the left flank and Sancho will play on the right, with Alejandro Garnacho falling to the bench.

Garnacho has been excellent but due to his age it is too much to ask to expect him to play another 90 minutes.

If Antonio is fit, he would replace Sancho on the right of our lineup.

In defence, Luke Shaw struggled against Villa and was replaced by Tyrell Malacia even though it was his shot that went wide for United’s only goal. Shaw’s drop in performance could mean Malacia starts Thursday.

On the other flank, Diogo Dalot is almost certain to continue as he is suspended for Sunday’s Premier League game with Fulham.

Despite sending in three goals, we expect Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof to continue at centre-back, though Harry Maguire is hoping for another chance.

Christian Eriksen and Casemiro should continue as first-choice defensive midfielder, with Bruno Fernandes returning ahead of them after serving a one-match suspension. Donny van de Beek will go down to the bench.

Without a doubt, David de Gea will be in goal.

With all of that in mind, here is our predicted XI for the game:

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