Manchester United host Aston Villa at Old Trafford for the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The game is now slated for an early kick-off with a music concert taking place at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on the same day, but it will not be televised which means it will be United’s second home game in a row.

Regardless, United are hoping for a strong performance for the attending Old Trafford believers against Aston Villa, who are trying to quickly recover from their 1-0 loss to West Ham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made several changes for this game, and yet most of the fringe players named in the starting XI failed to take the opportunity to impress, suggesting the United boss might return to the line-up that came last won in the league.

After a midweek break, Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Cristiano Ronaldo were due to return to greet Dean Smith’s side.

But which team will Solskjaer choose to face Aston Villa? Well, our MEN writers think that United should line up.

Manchester United enjoyed a sensational transfer window, securing the signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and … oh yes, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be under pressure to deliver cutlery with his star-studded front line. At MEN we cover every corner of the club and with our special United newsletter you won’t miss a headline. It’s free and there is no spam.

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Samuel Luckyhurst

United didn’t play nearly as well at West Ham despite their midweek defeat that the team could stay the same today. Diogo Dalot has done decent and deserves a chance in the Premier League ahead of his likely Champions League start against Villarreal.

Aston Villa is withheld the third middle half in Axel Tuanzebe, but could still stick to a three-way chain. Regardless, United will have to get on their front foot and Jesse Lingard should start before the League Cup tie.

Two changes away from West Ham

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Rich Fay

It may not be the most popular pick, but United’s strongest XI picks itself based on the team we saw under-challenged mid-week with the same XI that beat West Ham over the weekend.

Dalot impressed midweek but Wan-Bissaka’s defensive protection is needed during the break against the Villa threat while Fred and McTominay are the hesitant but sure starters in a pivot.

Pogba has to start on the left wing despite Lingard’s good form and teenager Greenwood is the only logical option on the right. Ronaldo starts every major game.

Steven Railston

Most United players who faced the Carabao Cup loss on Wednesday could not ultimately give Solskjaer a headache, but Van de Beek came out with appreciation and deserves to start here with doubts about Fred and Matic.

The back four, who won at West Ham in the Premier League last weekend, can remain unchanged while Pogba can play on the left, although he failed in that position last week. Fernandes start is inevitable and Greenwood deserves the right – he’s scored three goals in five league games – to start on the left side of the attack over Sancho.

Ronaldo could not have imagined a better start to his second club appearance and it is almost certain he will lead the United line.

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