Manchester United travel to Aston Villa tonight looking to continue one of their most impressive runs of form in recent years.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played the same side for three consecutive league games – the last time that happened, he was still playing for the club – but he knows rotation will be key as the games begin to come around a little quicker.
There are not many that haven’t played in the last two weeks, Ole told ManUtd.com.
They all know they’re fit and available, that they’re valued. It’s not an issue. There are so many things to play for. Trophies – the FA Cup, the Europa League – but also the top four in the league. The group is very tight knit and they all know they’ve got a part to play.
Solskjaer confirmed that Victor Lindelof’s injury – which saw him substituted on Saturday – was not serious enough to rule him out for tonight’s game. In particular, Solskjaer was questioned about Scott McTominay, who recently signed a new contract, but hasn’t started a game since. With the news of Nemanja Matic’s new deal, some are suggesting history might repeat itself and Matic himself might be rested.
“I think Scott is obviously still a young boy,” Solskjaer said. “He’s seven or eight years younger than Nemanja [Matic] and Nemanja has been on record saying that he sees himself in Scott, so the two can bounce off each other. It’s never easy. I’ve told Nemanja before that Scott is going to play and he’s all right, because he rates him and vice versa. I’m sure Scotty can learn a lot from Nemanja. The way he’s gone about his job in the last few seasons here has been good.”
United drew 2-2 with Aston Villa, who were promoted back to the Premier League after some years out. The Midland club are in the bottom three and have not won a game since coming out of lockdown but will be up for this one. Solskjaer’s team, though, have history in their favour – it was almost 25 years ago since United last lost at Villa Park in a league game.
On that occasion, TalkOfTheDevils columnist John O’Kane set up a fantastic goal scored by David Beckham!
Predicted team :
Wan-Bissaka Lindelof Maguire Shaw
Greenwood Rashford Martial