Manchester United Starting Lineup: Updated Starting 11 vs. Aston Villa

The Manchester United starting lineup is set for their (2/11/24) matchup against Aston Villa. Goalkeeper André Onana has been away on international duty with AFCON in progress, but is now back between the sticks. Find analysis of Manchester United’s roster below along with updated starting 11 information.

Manchester United Starting Lineup Vs. West Ham

  • GK- André Onana (Cameroon)
  • LB- Luke Shaw (England)
  • CB- Raphaël Varane (France)
  • CB- Harry Maguire (England)
  • RB- Diogo Dalot (Portugal)
  • MF- Kobbie Mainoo (England)
  • MF- Casemiro (Brazil)
  • CAM- Bruno Fernandes (Portugal)
  • LW- Marcus Rashford (England)
  • ST- Rasmus Højlund (Denmark)
  • RW- Alejandro Garnacho (Argentina)

The 2022-23 season featured Manchester United’s first trophy win in several years, as they lifted the Carabao Cup. They weren’t able to win much else, as they finished third in the Premier League, runners-up to rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup, and crashed out of the Europa League quarterfinals, but there was plenty of reason for hope under manager Erik ten Hag

This year, things have been less rosy. The Red Devils finished dead last in their Champions League group, behind the likes of Copenhagen and Galatasaray, were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Newcastle in a rematch of last year’s finale, and sit eighth in the Premier League. They are still alive in the FA Cup, but it’s looking like another season to forget for this squad.

United have often found themselves playing from behind, but after a thrilling seven-goal victory against Wolves and a 3-0 thrashing of West Ham, there’s hope that the squad is turning a corner. There have been some key injuries, such as newcomer Mason Mount and veteran Victor Lindelof, but there’s really no excuse for the club’s form to this point. There are rumblings, as there often are with this club, that ten Hag is managing for his job right now, and that results must turn around if he or anyone else involved with the club are to stay at Old Trafford much longer.

To make matters worse, there are some seriously challenging fixtures on the horizon, like a visit Manchester City, and this week, a tough one at Aston Villa. With that in mind, every available point is a big one for United as they look to push towards European play next season, even though silverware this year seems out of reach.

The good news for United is the return of goalkeeper André Onana, who has been uneven but can be great between the sticks. With few of the club’s injured players set to come back soon, ten Hag will surely take what he can get and be grateful for his goalie’s return.

With few competitions left for United to prioritize, expect ten Hag to treat each fixture as a final. No match is too small for this team, but this next fixture would be a pretty big one no matter what- let’s take a look at how we can expect them to line up for a visit to fifth-place Aston Villa this Sunday (2/11/24)

These sides are both making a push for European placement; for Villa, they’re on the edge of the top four, while United are in sixth, right on the fringe of the Europa League spots. Expect both managers to play their best-possible XI, with little fixture clogging to speak of in either side’s immediate future.

Marcus Rashford is back and scoring goals after a bout of illness and some off-pitch controversy; The forward is not having his best season, but he has some high upside and is a team leader who will be welcomed with open arms back into the squad.

The midfield is one area where United does have some depth, but there are a few players we can expect to see. Veteran stars Fernandes and Casemiro are certainly going to be playing, while youngster Kobbie Mainoo should continue to see minutes as the club looks to further his development going forward.

Manchester United Position Groups

The Manchester United roster, as with any soccer roster, features 4 separate position groups — Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders, and Forwards. Below is a brief breakdown of each that aims to provide insight into how they stack up against other competition in the Premier League and domestic cups.

Manchester United Goalkeepers

Onana is the top man in the net for United, but Altay Bayindir made his club debut recently as the team’s starter was away on international duty with Cameroon. Lastly, Tom Heaton is on the team providing some veteran guidance and another option in the net.

Manchester United Defenders

Fullbacks Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot are both having a nice year for United, but few other defenders can say the same. Lisandro Martinez and Harry Maguire have been solid options in the middle for United in past campaigns, but both have dealt with injuries this year, as has formerly elite fullback Luke Shaw.

Manchester United Midfielders

This is arguably United’s strongest position group, with stars like Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro in the middle of the yard for the team’s full-strength XI. 18 year old Kobbie Mainoo has broken into the first team and is showing some promise as a defensive midfielder as well, a much-needed presence with key contributors hurt, on loan, or simply playing poorly. Mason Mount falls into one of those categories, as he is currently injured, but has been a real positive for United at times this year. Lastly, Scott McTominay is serving as a really nice stabilizing force for this embattled club.

Manchester United Forwards

This is the group that has perhaps been the most embroiled with letdown performances, as newcomers like Antony and Rasmus Højlund have failed to produce as much as expected after arriving at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford is also having a definitive down year, while Anthony Martial is hurt. When a defensive midfielder (McTominay) is the team’s top scorer in league play, it’s really not a good sign for the group of forwards, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing here.

Manchester United Full Roster

Goalkeepers
1- Altay Bayindir
22- Tom Heaton
24- André Onana

Defenders
2- Victor Lindelof
5- Harry Maguire
6- Lisandro Martinez
12- Tyrell Malacia
19- Raphaël Varane
20- Diogo Dalot
23- Luke Shaw
29- Aaron Wan-Bissaka
33- Brandon Williams (On Loan)
35- Jonny Evans
42- Alvaro Fernandez (On Loan)
53- Willy Kambwala

Midfielders
4- Sofyan Amrabat
7- Mason Mount
8- Bruno Fernandes
14- Christian Eriksen
16- Amad
18- Casemiro
28- Facundo Pellistri
34- Donny van de Beek (On Loan)
37- Kobbie Mainoo
39- Scott McTominay
44- Daniel Gore (On Loan)
46- Hannibal (On Loan)

Forwards
9- Anthony Martial
10- Marcus Rashford
11- Rasmus Højlund
17- Alejandro Garnacho
21- Antony
25- Jadon Sancho (On Loan)
47- Shola Shoretire
Mason Greenwood (On Loan)

Manchester United Starting 11 FAQ

Who Is Manchester United’s Starting Goalkeeper?

André Onana is the top choice for United, whenever he’s available he’ll be in the net.

Who Is Manchester United’s Starting Striker?

Rasmus Højlund is the everyday striker for Manchester United, even though he’s been less effective than United fans hoped he would be when news of his move from Atalanta broke.

Who Is Manchester United’s Best Player?

Bruno Fernandes has really established himself as the top contributor for this team over the past couple of seasons. Many of their successes have been driven by the Portuguese playmaker, and while he’s had some tough outings against top opposition, his footballing acumen cannot be questioned.

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