Manchester United resume their go after Europa League glory on Wednesday evening with what should be a routine home match against LASK Linz within the last 16.
The Red Devils lead 5-0 from March’s first leg and, barring a six-goal collapse at Old Trafford in midweek, they will anticipate to the quarter-finals.
United have already sealed Champions League qualification after finishing third within the Premier League,
meaning there’s less pressure to win the Europa League in August.
However, an FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea will have stung Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – especially as he’s yet to lift a trophy as United manager.
Solskjaer can change all that this month within the Europa League finals tournament in Germany,
but first the Red Devils must navigate the second leg of their last-16 tie against LASK.
United are 5-0 up after a first-leg win in Austria, and can be wearing their new 2020/21 home kit for what should be a routine win.
The Black-Whites won just two of their 10 league games upon returning to action in June,
losing the last three of these to end in fourth, so it’s fair to mention that their form has not improved.
In fact, head coach Valerien Ismael was recently sacked and new boss Dominik Thalhammer’s first competitive game responsible will come at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
LASK conceded as many goals within the first leg as that they had wiped out their first eight matches during this season’s competition,
and therefore the scoreline down in midweek are going to be their main aim.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa Team News
United have had a 10-day break between the Leicester match and this one, but Solskjaer is unlikely to field anything on the brink of his strongest possible XI on Wednesday.
The likes of Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Daniel James, Fred and Scott McTominay are all pushing for recalls,
having largely been overlooked for selection since June’s restart.
Mason Greenwood has scored more Europa League goals than the other United player this season,
netting five of his eight shots on track , but he’s another who is probably going to be rested.
Instead, Odion Ighalo – who scored the opening goal within the first leg – should get the nod through the center , with fellow fringe players James and Lingard either side.
As for LASK, Thalhammer will know that a huge improvement is required from March
and he’s expected to form some changes for his first competitive game responsible .
The Black-Whites went down 3-0 to Red Bull Salzburg in their last Bundesliga game and it’s going to be a case of sticking with an identical XI for this trip to Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa Line Up
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Romero; Dalot, Bailly, Lindelof, Williams; McTominay, Fred; James, Mata, Lingard; Ighalo
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Schlager; Wiesinger, Trauner, Andrade; Ranftl, Holland, Michorl, Renner; Tetteh, Frieser; Klauss
Manchester United vs Aston Villa H2H
The first leg was the sides’ only previous meeting, with United winning by five goals in Linz.
United have played more games against Austrian sides without defeat altogether European competitions than they need against teams from the other nation,
scoring 22 goals and conceding only one . Five of these goals came during a one-sided first leg and,
even accounting for squad rotation, we will only see them adding to their aggregate lead.
Date, time and venue
Manchester United vs Aston Villa is scheduled for a 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
The match will be played behind closed doors at Old Trafford with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch Manchester United vs Aston Villa
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting from 7.30pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
12:30pm, Saturday 25th September 2021.