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Are desperate Villains to lose again?

Last updated: April 13, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWWDD
Away form: LLLLL
Last season: 3-1
Competition: The Premier League

Aston Villa have never had a worse season in The Premier League. The Villains have won only 3 of 33 matches. They have recorded 16 points and are already headed for The Championship. The Lions defence is the worst in The Premier League. They have conceded 64 goals, which means they concede 1.94 goals per game on average. The Villains are also weak in attack. They have scored only 23 goals. The question is: ‘Can Aston Villa win again this season?’

On the other hand, Manchester United still have ambitions for taking a Top 4 spot. The Red Devils are lying in 5th position, 4 points behind Manchester City. So, United are the clear favourites for winning the match against Aston Villa.

Moreover, Louis van Gaal’s players have won their last 5 matches against Aston Villa at Old Trafford. In addition, The Red Devils have been totally dominant over The Villains. Manchester United have recorded 84 victories in 160 matches, while The Lions have won 38 matches. But, when The Red Devils are the hosts, they have won 53 of 79 matches.


Team News

Wayne Rooney has still not recovered from his knee injury. The English international forward has scored 7 goals in 22 matches this season.

Alan Hutton can be selected again for Aston Villa’s starting eleven. The right fullback was sent off against Chelsea, but now his suspension has expired.

Bastian Schweinsteiger still has problems with his knee. The last time the German international midfielder took part in a match was a month ago against Manchester City.

Phil Jones is also injured for Manchester United. The defender has appeared in only 10 Premier League matches this season.


Expected line-ups:

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Man United (4-1-4-1): De Gea, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Carrick, Lingard, Schneiderlin, Mata, Martial, Rashford.
Subs Romero, Valencia, Herrera, Young, Mata, Memphis, Fellaini.
Injured: Shaw, Love, Rooney, Keane, Jones, Schweinsteiger.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Guzan, Richards, Hutton, Cissokho, Lescott, Gueye, Bacuna, Westwood, Veretout, Charles Gil, Ayew.
Subs Lyden, Okore, Gestede, Clark, Sinclair, Bunn, Richardson.
Injured: Amavi, Kozak.
Doubtful:
Not available:

So far this season

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Manchester United this season Aston Villa this season
5 League Position 20
9 (6) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
3-0 vs. Stoke, Everton and Sunderland Biggest win 2-0 vs. Norwich
4 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (3)
2 (7) (at home) Losses (away) 11 (12)
0-3 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-6 to Liverpool
Martial (8) Top scorer Ayew (6)
Rooney, Mata (4) Assist Leader Veretout (5)
Y57, R1 Discipline Y67, R2
10 Failures to score 15
15 Clean Sheets 5
12 Both Teams to Score Games 15
15 Over 2.5 Games 15
17 Under 2.5 Games 18
  • The Red Devils have won 4 consecutive Premier League matches at Old Trafford. They have lost only 2 home matches this season.
  • Aston Villa have been drawing at half time and losing at full time in their last 4 away league games. The Lions are the worst visitors in the division.
  • The Villains have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 matches away from Villa Park in The Premier League. They have scored only 11 goals in their away games.
  • The last time Aston Villa won at Old Trafford was 12th December 2009. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the only goal of the game in the 21st minute.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
14/08/15 The Premier League Aston Villa 0-1 Man United A. Januzaj 29′
04/04/15 The Premier League Man United 3-1 Aston Villa Ander Herrera 43′
20/12/14 The Premier League Aston Villa 1-1 Man United C. Benteke 18′
29/03/14 The Premier League Man United 4-1 Aston Villa A. Westwood 13′
15/12/13 The Premier League Aston Villa 0-3 Man United D. Welbeck 15′