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Manchester United transfer news LIVE Man Utd vs Aston Villa early team updates plus Ronaldo and Pogba latest – Manchester Evening News

Video LoadingVideo UnavailableManchester United travel to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday evening. United beat Villa 1-0 in the FA Cup on Monday night thanks to Scott McTominay’s early goal. However, Villa would have felt aggrieved to be knocked out of the competition considering their strong performance and they’ll be aiming to atone for that defeat. Villa boss Steven Gerrard said the two teams meeting again this weekend was ‘an opportunity to flip the mood’ for his players. United started the New Year with a defeat in the Premier League, losing 1-0 to Wolves at Old Trafford last week, and their displays are yet to improve following Ralf Rangnick’s interim appointment. At present, United are six points behind fourth-placed West Ham. Rangnick’s side do have two games in hand on the Hammers, though, and a win against Villa would be a serious boost to their top four hopes. Follow the live bog below for all of the day’s breaking United news.08:22Daniel MurphyNutmegging Macheda and beating Kagawa in a race – The perfect first day at Manchester United First days in a new place of work can be daunting. One of those days in a post-school life that can fill you with dread the night before, sweating with worry about how it will all play out. Now imagine your first day is at the biggest club in the world.Manchester United.Well, for Mick ‘Baz’ Rathbone he needn’t have worried at all because his first day at Carrington could not have gone any better.Nutmegging Federico Macheda. Defeating Shinji Kagawa in a race. Leaving a group of new players you’ve been tasked to watch over in stitches. To top it all off with the biggest cherry possible, Sir Alex Ferguson has read your book.Not a bad start at all but, sadly, the subsequent two years wouldn’t go quite as smoothly. All of it down to, as he admits freely, Rathbone himself.Ralf Rangnick Happy With Marcus Rashford Efforts Against Aston VillaRalf Rangnick Happy With Marcus Rashford Efforts Against Aston Villa0 seconds of 30 secondsVolume 90%Read the full interview here.Shinji Kagawa in Man United training (Image: ANDREW YATES/AFP via Getty Images)07:58Daniel MurphyUnited can unleash Donny van de Beek in new midfield vs Aston Villa”When Donny brought the sauce to Villa Park,” the United Instagram account boasted, accompanying the post with a fire emoji. That sauce was spread all over a behind-closed-doors friendly before the start of last season that was not televised until 10pm that evening.United’s shamelessness on social media is nothing new but there is something particularly desperate about glorifying a £40million signing’s flicks in a meaningless match almost 18 months ago when said signing has not started a meaningful Premier League game since December 2020. Van de Beek has still not started a league match with a capacity crowd present.Scott McTominay is suspended and unless United switch to a three-man midfield everyone expects Nemanja Matic to partner Fred. Every week, The Big Lebowski quote applies to Van de Beek.See the full match preview here.07:33Daniel MurphyNeville gives his view on fixture postponements 07:14Daniel Murphynited give team news and Cristiano Ronaldo injury update for Aston Villa fixtureManchester United expect to have four players back for the Premier League match at Aston Villa on Saturday.Harry Maguire has missed the last two matches through injury and Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones were absent for the FA Cup win over Villa on Monday night.The quartet trained on Thursday and interim manager Ralf Rangnick is confident they will all travel to Villa for the tea-time kick-off.See what the manager said here.Martin Keown has praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s attempts to change attitudes. (Image: Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)07:07Daniel MurphyHow United’s last trip to Villa Park wentSteven RailstonNEW: The Manchester Is Red podcastThe latest edition of the Manchester Is Red podcast is available now.You can also listen for FREE on Spotify and iTunes.Steven RailstonRangnick confirms one starter for Aston Villa fixtureIn his pre-match press conference today, Ralf Rangnick confirmed one player will start against Aston Villa.The German made five changes on Monday night to face Villa in the cup after defeat to Wolves in the Premier League.Those changes appeared to somewhat work, as United returned to winning ways in a less than convincing 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.Rangnick has confirmed that one player will be returning tomorrow evening.Take a look who it is here.Interim manager Ralf Rangnick.Steven RailstonWhere Manchester United stand in the transfer windowAny incomings remain unlikely at Manchester United this month as they near the halfway stage of the January transfer window.The expectation entering the month was United were unlikely to reinforce their squad unless one of their summer targets became attainable.United have a bloated squad of 29 players and failure to trim it in the summer has contributed to the relative inactivity so far this month.A midfield addition has been prioritised for the summer and United are also expected to target an attacker amid the likelihood of several senior forwards leaving.Read the full story here.Steven RailstonWelcomeHello and welcome to today’s Manchester United transfer blog.

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