Manchester United have a chance to close the gap on the Premier League’s top four to just one point this evening. Check out all the information you need in our Man United vs Villa preview:
Games against Aston Villa aren’t easy, though we have had some memorable trips to Villa Park in years gone by. With Dean Smith’s side fighting for their Premier League lives, tonight’s game will not be easy.
Stadium: Villa Park
Kick-off time: 8:15pm (UK)
Referee: Jonathan Moss
TV Channel: Sky Sports Premier League
A win for United and they move within one point of Leicester City in fourth. A win for Villa and they move within one point of Watford just outside of the relegation zone. Simply put, a draw is no use to anyone, so expect an open affair under the floodlights in Birmingham tonight.
Since football returned following lockdown, United have won four of five, looking mightily impressive in the process. Fourteen goals have been scored, just four have been conceded.
On the flip side, Villa are yet to win since the resumption. They’ve played five, lost three and drawn two. Smith’s men have scored just twice while conceding six.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad is looking in pretty decent shape. Phil Jones is (obviously) sidelined, as is Axel Tuanzebe. There’s major doubt about Victor Lindelof’s availability, too. Aside from the back four, United have a full complement to choose from.
Villa have a few concerns. Striker Wesley is missing with a knee injury, while Matt Targett is nursing a thigh problem. Bjorn Engels and former Red, Tom Heaton, have also both been ruled out.
19/2 Aston Villa
3/10 Man Utd
Last Meeting: Manchester United 2-2 Aston Villa
Jack Grealish scored a corker, before a Tom Heaton own-goal and Victor Lindelof strike had United in front. Tyrone Mings would equalise just after the hour mark and the teams would share the spoils.
Old Trafford Faithful’s prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United
It certainly won’t be easy, though United should have enough to get the job done and secure all three points. We’ll go for a Paul Pogba opener, a Bruno Fernandes penalty and a Grealish consolation late on!