Steven Gerrard says he plans to field as strong a side as possible when he takes Aston Villa to Manchester United for Monday night’s FA Cup third round tie (Man Utd 4/6, Draw 11/4, Aston Villa 19/5 – Match Betting).

Plenty of Premier League managers in recent years have opted to rest first-team regulars and rotate their squads for FA Cup games but Gerrard says he will be keeping changes to a minimum for the trip to Old Trafford.

Villa confirmed the arrival of Gerrard’s former Liverpool team-mate Phillipe Coutinho on an initial loan deal on Friday but the Brazilian is not expected to be involved in the third round tie. The visitors do have Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins available, though, after they both missed the 2-1 loss to Brentford last time out.

Trezeguet and Bertrand Traore are on Africa Cup of Nations duty, while Marvelous Nakamba and Leon Bailey remain out injured.

Gerrard said: “We see it as a really important game. This is not a case of focusing on the league and we’re going to be changing the team and the squad very much.

“We’re going to Old Trafford to try and get a positive result for the club and try to qualify for the next round. We’ll go there with the strongest possible team we’ve got available to try and get the best result we can.”

Villa have a poor recent record in the competition and have not progressed past the third round for the past five seasons. They are to 2/1 to qualify on the night, with United 1/3.

United boss Ralf Rangnick, meanwhile, has also pledged to field a strong line-up but admitted there “might be a few changes”.

The German coach says the plan is to “definitely try to play this game as if it was a normal Premier League or Champions League game” as the Red Devils aim to bounce back from the disappointing 1-0 home defeat in the league to Wolves last time out.

Rangnick has confirmed defender Victor Lindelof is fit and available after recovering from injury but fellow centre-back Harry Maguire is still out so Phil Jones, who impressed against Wolves, is likely to start. Eric Bailly is away at the Africa Cup of Nations and Paul Pogba remains absent with his troublesome thigh injury.

The winners of the Old Trafford clash will face Middlesbrough at home in the fourth round of the competition.

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