Jonny Evans, who took a knock in the midweek game against Braga, is the major omission from the squad and has been replaced by Chris Smalling. Smalling his making his second appearance of the season for this evenings fixture at Villa Park.

Paul Scholes returns to the starting eleven for the first time in a while as Cleverley drops to the bench. Rafael is back in the back 4 after his midweek rest. Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping that Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie can fire United to the victory that will take them 4 points clear at the summit of the Premier League. Ashley Young faces his former side.

Starting XI: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Young; Rooney, van Persie

Substitutes: Lindegaard, Buttner, Anderson, Fletcher, Cleverley, Welbeck, Hernandez

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