Manchester United’s potential 4-2-3-1 vs Aston Villa – Marouane Fellaini dropped

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is going through a fantastic run of form and many fans would expect to see him in the starting XI against Aston Villa this weekend.

However, Louis van Gaal has been anything but predictable during his time at Old Trafford.

Against Villa, the Dutchman may want his team to dominate play using a quick and effective passing game.

Fellaini’s height and physical presence don’t exactly lend itself to Barcelona style football so Juan Mata could start in the hole in a 4-2-3-1 formation as a result.

The trio of Mata, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick would dominate the middle of the park, allowing Angel di Maria and Ashley Young the freedom to use their pace down the wings.

Elsewhere, Daley Blind continues his role at left-back following a pair of superb performances there against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Wayne Rooney takes a place up top for United despite a subdued performance at Anfield last time out. The team is full of pace and should be capable of passing the ball intelligently, at least on paper.

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