Villa face strong opposition again, hosting the Red Devils this afternoon. And once again, Jack Grealish will be absent. He’s returned to light training, though, and the rest of the side will be looking to the Everton match for a bit of a building block. It might be the right time to play them with our weakened squad, given their progression to the Europa Cup final this week, and a slew of games coming in quick succession next week.
For Villa, the big news perhaps is that Carney Chukwuemeka will be on the bench along with Jaden Philogene-Bidace and Jacob Ramsey, taking Neil Taylor’s spot. Don’t know if they’ll get any minutes, him and Jaden, but it’ll be good to see United close up, and we’ll of course also be watching to see whether Ross Barkley can continue his renaissance. The starting XI is unchanged from last week.
Martinez, Mings, Cash, Targett, Konsa, El Ghazi, Traoré, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Barkley, Watkins
Subs: Ahmed El Mohamady, Davis, Chukwuemeka, Wesley, Nakamba, Philogene-Bidace, Heaton, Hause, Ramsey