MATCH PREVIEW: Aston Villa v Manchester United

Manchester United will look to make it two wins in a week over Aston Villa as the Reds travel to Birmingham for the Saturday evening kick-off in the Premier League.

In all competitions, Man Utd are unbeaten in their last 22 away games against Aston Villa (W17 D5) since a 3-0 loss in the League Cup in October 1999. In English football history, only Liverpool (23 vs Sunderland between 1959 and 2002) have had a longer unbeaten away run against an opponent when both sides have been played in the top four tiers at the time.

Aston Villa are winless in their last 22 home league games against Manchester United (D7 L15) since a 3-1 victory in August 1995. It’s the longest winless home run one side has had against another in English Football League history.

Aston Villa are looking to win consecutive league games against Man Utd for the first time since November 1976, while they last did the league double over the Red Devils in 1954-55.

Manchester United have scored the opening goal in 33 Premier League games against Aston Villa, winning 32 and drawing one of those matches. It’s the most a team has opened the scoring without losing against a side in the competition’s history.

Manchester United have won 299 Premier League away games, and would be the first side to reach 300 in the competition with victory here. No side has won more Premier League games (37) or away games (17) in the competition’s history than the Red Devils have against Aston Villa.

Manchester United Team News

Ralf Rangnick will be without Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw for Saturday’s game. Both players are suspended for one match. Our opponents will be without midfielder John McGinn who has also picked up five yellow cards in the Premier League this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo missed Monday’s FA Cup win over Villa with a couple of “minor problems” and is hopefully going to be available again for selection. Club captain Harry Maguire and defensive team-mate Phil Jones are in a similar situation. Eric Bailly is unavailable as a result of his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Paul Pogba remains United’s only long-term absentee, with Rangnick confirming last Friday that the Frenchman will need another few weeks of recovery before returning to full training.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Telles; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes; Ronaldo, Cavani

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