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Manchester United host Aston Villa at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The fixture is now pencilled in for an early kick-off because of a music concert taking place at the Old Trafford cricket ground on the same day, but it won’t be televised which means it will be the second consecutive home game of United’s not to be broadcast.
Regardless, United will be hoping to produce a strong performance for the Old Trafford faithful in attendance against Aston Villa as they attempt to swiftly bounce back from their 1-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup to West Ham on Wednesday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made multiple changes for that game and yet most of the fringe players that were named in the starting XI failed to seize the opportunity to impress, which suggests the United boss might revert back to the line-up that last won in the league.
Tottenham open to Ndombele swap – reports
Tottenham are interested in a summer swoop for United frontman Anthony Martial and would be open to a swap deal involving Tanguy Ndombele – according to reports.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo re-signing for the Old Trafford giants has, in turn, reshaped the pecking order in attacking quarters – with Martial being heavily linked with a move away.
Martial has only played 99 minutes in the Premier League so far this season, starting once, and it would take an almighty u-turn for him to reclaim a regular place in the United line-up.
As for Ndombele, Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed last month that the midfielder wants to leave the club.
According to The Express, the London side could be open to offloading Ndombele in attempt to sign Martial amid constant question marks over England captain Harry Kane – who was priced out of a move to City this summer window.
O’Hara tells Solskjaet how to handle Martial
Jamie O’Hara has suggested that United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to be more critical of Anthony Martial.
Pundit and former Tottenham midfielder O’Hara has made the admission after the Frenchman failed to live up to expectation during United’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham United in the third round of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.
Earning his first start of the season in all competitions, Martial – who has not scored for the Reds since netting a brace in the 9-0 win over Southampton in February – delivered a leggy and uninspiring performance at the top end of the pitch, resulting in him being heavily criticised by the fans and several pundits.
Solskjaer, however, refused to be too critical of the former AS Monaco attacker.
Smith agrees with DDG title claim
Dean Smith agrees with David de Gea that United can win the Premier League title this season – but claims Aston Villa won’t hold back at Old Trafford.
Having totted up 13 points from their opening five matches, United continue their campaign against Smith and his mid-table Villans this Saturday lunchtime (12.30pm).
Depending on how Liverpool and Chelsea fare, a positive result for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would see his side move clear in the early Premier League standings as they continue to chase a first title since 2013.
Villa, meanwhile, visit Old Trafford for the first time since cashing in on £100million man Jack Grealish.
On the back of his Euro 2020 exploits, the England playmaker signed for City this summer – with Villa spending a chunk of that nine-figure sum on Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey and former Southampton striker Danny Ings.
Bailey is set to sit out the United game through injury, but Smith claims his men will go toe-to-toe with a side who he considers to be genuine title contenders.