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Steven Gerrard says Philippe Coutinho is not match fit following his move from Barcelona so may only make his Aston Villa debut from the bench against old foe Manchester United on Saturday. It will be interesting to see where Gerrard plays his former Liverpool team-mate, whether in a midfield diamond or in attack alongside Ollie Watkins and Emi Buendia. It is likely we will see both during the course of the season. Villa are actually a little light in midfield this weekend with John McGinn suspended and Marvelous Nakamba injured so Gerrard will certainly be tempted to unleash Coutinho from the start in a 4-3-1-2 formation. Morgan Sanson is the alternative but his Villa career has just not got going. Lucas Digne was announced as an Aston Villa player on Thursday morning following a move from Everton and Gerrard will seriously ponder a full debut for him with Matt Targett out of form. Apart from being involved in two disallowed goals, Danny Ings was mainly on the periphery again on Monday night. Ashley Young remains a doubt to face his former club, while young talent Jaden Philogene-Bidace will only return to training on Monday due to a hip problem. Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are both suspended for Manchester United due to an accumulation of bookings. Ralf Rangnick has confirmed he expects Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones to be fit to face Aston Villa on Saturday after injury ruled them out last time around. Harry Maguire has missed United's last two through injury but was able to train on Thursday and should return to partner Raphael Varane here. Diogo Dalot is hoping to be available on Saturday despite picking up a nasty gash on his ankle at the start of the week. Aaron Wan-Bissaka may come back in anyway. Rangnick believed Donny van de Beek's introduction and the change to a diamond formation gave United more control on Monday night so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him start with it here. Paul Pogba is a long-term absentee and Eric Bailly is away at AFCON with the Ivory Coast.
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