Aston Villa vs Manchester United: Erik Ten Hag Likely to Be Without 5 Players For EPL clash

Aston Villa vs Manchester United: Erik Ten Hag Likely to Be Without 5 Players For EPL clash

Fred Kennedy
updated at February 11, 2024 at 10:04 AM
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  • Manchester United will take on Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday
  • The Red Devils are likely to be without five key players ahead of the encounter
  • Lisandro Martinez, who picked up an injury last weekend, is among the players

Erik ten Hag is facing a big squad selection headache ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash against Aston Villa.

United are scheduled to play the high-flying Villans later on Sunday, February 11, at Villa Park.

The Red Devils will be heading into the tie with the hope of maintaining their new-found momentum that has seen them win their last three fixtures across competitions.

Erik ten Hag looks dejected during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Photo by James Gill.
Erik ten Hag looks dejected during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Photo by James Gill.
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However, they may have to do this without at least five key players, who could miss the West Midlands trip, per SPORTbible.

According to the publication, Lisandro Martinez tops the list of players who will play no part in the clash.

Martinez picked up an injury in his side's victory over West Ham United last week, with the Argentine defender now set for weeks on the sidelines.

His fellow defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also likely to miss the Villa tie after he reportedly suffered a fresh injury setback during training.

Mason Mount and Tyrell Malacia are also unavailable, while Anthony Martial remains sidelined with a groin issue.

How Man United could line up

Given the prevailing circumstances, Ten Hag may have to look elsewhere in his bid to fill the void left by the injured players.

Ander Onana is expected to keep his place between the sticks, with Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, and Luke Shaw likely to provide cover at the back.

Express UK reports that the trio of Bruno Fernandes, Kobbie Mainoo, and Casemiro could dictate affairs in the middle of the park, as Alejandro Garnacho, Marcus Rashford, and Rasmus Hojlund lead the goal hunt.

United currently sit sixth in the Premier League standings with 38 points, nine points off the top four.

Man United to reward Kobbie Mainoo

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on Manchester United's plan to offer youngster Kobbie Mainoo a new bumper deal following his impressive performances.

Mainoo has made a strong start in the senior team since he broke into the first-team squad under Erik ten Hag.

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