Manchester United will travel to Aston Villa without the in-form and influential Scott McTominay who is ruled out through suspension.
After picking up his fifth Premier League yellow card of the season against Wolves, United’s number 39 will miss Saturday’s trip to Villa Park.
The Scot has been a driving force in our recent performances and proved to be the matchwinner with an eighth minute header against Steven Gerrard’s side last night.
With two goals in three games, McTominay has been one of the few bright sparks in recent games and he will be a massive miss.
Who will replace Scott McTominay?
Whether it’s crashing into tackles, driving forward from deep, or arriving late and becoming an extra body in United’s attack, McTominay’s leadership which has seen him earmarked as a future captain by Ralf Rangnick has been evident.
Since being hooked at half-time against Newcastle United, Fred had only played one minute across the two matches against Burnley and Wolves.
But the Brazilian came back into the side for the FA Cup clash in place of Nemanja Matic who had started the last two Premier League games.
Matic will be the favourite to replace McTominay for the trip to Midlands on Saturday, but if Ralf Rangnick decides he doesn’t want two left-footed midfielders as his pairing, Donny van de Beek could be given his first Premier League start of the season.
Instead of using a 4-2-3-1 or 4-2-2-2 formation, Rangnick may play a 4-3-3 which could see Bruno Fernandes drop deeper after coming off the bench against Wolves, following his suspension against Burnley.
Luke Shaw is also suspended for the clash against the Villains which will no doubt mean Alex Telles will return to the side after being an unused substitute in our last three matches.
Shaw has performed well since coming back into the side but Scott McTominay’s absence is a huge blow and comes at a time where his confidence is soaring and his influence and importance to this United side is visibly growing.
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