After booking a spot in the Europa League finals in Instanbul, Manchester United return a hectic run of three Premier League games in the space of five days. The first task is fighting off Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday with a kickoff at 4.05 pm.
A win this weekend will secure the Red Devils’ stay in the top four race, while Aston Villa continues fighting for back-to-back wins for the first time in the year’s calendar.
Nothing is stopping the current form for the Red Devils. Even after hitting the headlines with the ongoing fans’ protests for ‘Glazers Out.’ However, booking a spot in the Europa League finals against Villarreal surely eases the fans’ anger.
The protests took a turn for the worst, with the fans breaking into Old Trafford, forcing police to intervene. Moreover, their earlier scheduled clash with Liverpool was postponed till Thursday next week.
Furthermore, this match presents a second of a four-game week, adding to a highly packed clash with Leicester City. In contrast, the in-pitch performances have been nothing but impressive, with sealing a top-four spot.
On the other hand, Dean Smith has a chance to move to the top half of the league table. It gos without saying that their form has taken a turn for the worst over the recent months.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United Head to Head
Both sides have 25 games against each other, with Aston Villa with one win while Aston Villa with 19 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Everton 1-2 Aston Villa
- Aston Villa 2-2 West Brom
- Aston Villa 1-2 Man City
- Villa 3-1 Fulham
- Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham
- Roma 3-2 Man United
- Man United 6-2 Roma
- Leeds 0-0 Man United
- Man United 3-1 Burnley
- Man United 2-0 Granada
Aston Villa Team News
Jack Grealish continues to remain on the sidelines for the 12th consecutive game after picking a shin injury. Morgan Sanson is close to returning to training, although this game comes too soon for him. Trezeguet sets to remain on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery.
Manchester United Team News
Ole Gunnar will have to embrace squad rotation given the heavy matches against Liverpool and Leicester City. Naturally, therefore, Scott McTominay, Dean Henderson, Marcus Rashford, and Victor Lindelof return to the fold after getting a week’s rest.
Prediction and Odds
There is no stopping Manchester United with their newfound spirit, thus envisaging another win.
- Correct Score: 1-2
- Manchester United Win
- Both Teams to Score