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Manchester United vs Aston Villa LIVE: FA Cup third round team news, line-ups and more tonight


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Manchester United and Aston Villa go head-to-head on Monday night in the FA Cup, with a place in the fourth round up for grabs and a meeting at home to Middlesbrough. This is the last of the third-round fixtures to be played as there are no replays in the competition this year, with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City and West Ham having already secured their spot with weekend wins.

Ralf Rangnick has been vocal about his intentions to play a senior team in the fixture and try to go the distance, as United look to add some long-overdue silverware to the cabinet. “I’ve always been a big fan, supporter and admirer of the FA Cup,” the United boss said. “I remember back in 1980 or 1981 when I spent my year abroad in Brighton I watched the FA Cup final at Wembley. I’ve always been a big admirer of the atmosphere, that was obviously the old Wembley stadium. For me it’s a very important competition. We will definitely try to play with our best possible team in that game and a strong team.”

Villa currently sit six places and nine points below United in the Premier League table, but beat United at Old Trafford by a goal to nil back in September. Follow all the team news and action below as Man United host Aston Villa:

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Man Utd vs Aston Villa: Early team news

Eric Bailly has gone to the African Cup of Nations and Harry Maguire hasn’t yet resumed training for Manchester United so both players are expected to miss tonight’s FA Cup match against Aston Villa.

Also out is Paul Pogba with Rinterim boss Ralf Rangnick confirming that Pogba has another six-eight weeks of rehabilitation before he can play again but Victor Lindelof should be fit enough to make the squad.

For Aston Villa, Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins missed the 2-1 loss to Brentford last time out but are both back in contention for staring places.

Meanwhile Villa are without Bertrand Traoré and Trezeguet who have also gone to the Africa Cup of Nations and Marvelous Nakamba and Leon Bailey who are both injured.

Michael Jones10 January 2022 18:32

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What should Manchester United fans expect from incoming chief executive Richard Arnold?

It can appear as if the more things change at Old Trafford, the more they stay the same. On the surface, that would also appear to be the case with Richard Arnold succeeding Ed Woodward.

Four managers, no Premier League titles and more than £1bn spent on a mixed bag of signings is not the full extent of his legacy, and does not account for the volatility of taking over upon the departure of a legendary manager in Sir Alex Ferguson, but it is what he will be remembered for and not unfairly so.

Arnold – whose official title will be chief executive, rather than Woodward’s executive vice-chairman – is in many ways the continuity candidate. He has been the frontrunner for the job since his friend and colleague announced his impending departure last April, upon the collapse of the doomed Super League project.

Mark Critchley tells United fans what to expect from him in the job:

Karl Matchett10 January 2022 14:48

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Ralf Rangnick wants Man United to win FA Cup

Manchester United need all the knowhow and quality they can get as they look to end what is now a five-year wait for a trophy.

Their Premier League title hopes have long since evaporated and Ralf Rangnick’s side welcome Aston Villa on Monday in the final FA Cup fixture of the third round.

“I’ve always been a big fan, supporter and admirer of the FA Cup,” the 63-year-old said. “I remember back in 1980 or 1981 when I spent my year abroad in Brighton I watched the FA Cup final at Wembley

“It was West Ham against Arsenal, it was my farewell present from my team-mates at Southwick. I’ve always been a big admirer of the atmosphere, that was obviously the old Wembley stadium.

“For me it’s a very important competition. We will definitely try to play with our best possible team in that game and a strong team.

“We take the game as seriously as we can and hopefully get one round further ahead but in order to do that we have to be successful against Aston Villa.

“We know it will not be an easy game because especially since they change managers they have been doing well.

“They won four games and lost four games, three of them against the top team. It needs a top performance from us to be successful.”

Karl Matchett10 January 2022 14:46



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