Manchester United vs Aston Villa ; Match Preview, Head to Head, Match Predictions
Manchester United are set to play host to Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Friday night in their next English Premier League game.
Manchester United come into this game following a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday at Old Trafford.
A late second-half goal from England international Marcus Rashford was enough to secure the win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Aston Villa, on the other hand, drew 1-1 against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on Monday.
Veteran French striker Olivier Giroud put Chelsea ahead in the first half. However, Netherlands international Anwar El Ghazi managed to equalize for Dean Smith’s Aston Villa in the second half.
Man United have made a habit of prevailing in high-scoring matches this season, particularly away from home when they have often conceded an early goal.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have taken a great deal of satisfaction from a scrappy 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night, a result earned through a deflected 93rd-minute winner from Marcus Rashford.
The result was harsh on a much-changed visitors who inevitably tired in their second game in 48 hours, but Solskjaer will prefer to focus on the perseverance of his players in a match where they were nullified effectively for the most part.
Four unbeaten PL home games (W3, D1), after picking up just one point in the four prior, shows United’s dramatic change in fortune, and much of that can be attributed to a defence that conceded just once before the 70th minute across those last four top-flight home games. That, combined with an unbeaten run of seven H2H home fixtures (W6, D1) will have United full of confidence.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
Sitting four points adrift of second position with a game in hand, Smith deserves the widespread praise that he has received for transforming Villa from a relegation-threatened side into a club which now have genuine ambitions to finish in the top four.
However, Villa’s recent performances have come without any added pressure on their shoulders, and it remains to be seen how they will cope with expectations rising significantly among their fanbase.
With 24 matches still to play, Smith will stress that his players cannot afford to get ahead of themselves when consistency could be a deciding factor come the end of the season.
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Hause, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn; El Ghazi, Barkley, Grealish; Watkins
Head to Head
In 25 previous encounters between the two sides, Manchester United hold the clear advantage. They have won 19 games, lost one and drawn five.
The two clubs last faced each other in July 2020 in the English Premier League, with Manchester United beating Aston Villa 3-0.
- Man utd win either half
- over 9.5 corners
- Martial 0.5 goals
- CS 2-1