MATCH PREVIEW: Aston Villa vs Manchester United

Intro: Aston Villa vs Manchester United

After securing their first European final since 2017, Manchester United return to Premier League action as they travel to play Aston Villa on Sunday. Let’s preview Aston Villa vs Manchester United.

Match Build Up

Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 21 Premier League away games against Aston Villa (W14 D7). United last lost to Villa 3-1 away on the opening day of the 1995-96 campaign. This is the longest unbeaten away run one side has had against another in English team in league history.

Aston Villa have picked up just one win in their last 44 Premier League games against Manchester United (D11 L32). The Villans are winless in their last 16 against United since a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in December 2009.

In all competitions, Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 21 away games against Aston Villa. United’s last loss came in a 3-0 League Cup loss in October 1999. Only Liverpool at Sunderland (23 between 1959-2002) have had a longer unbeaten away run against an opponent in English football.

Aston Villa’s 14 clean sheets this season is their most in a single Premier League campaign since 2009-10 (15). However, the Villans have conceded at least once in each of their last seven games. No Premier League side are on a longer current run without a clean sheet.

Aston Villa are looking to secure back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since December. However, they’ve not beaten a team in the top two in the Premier League since March 2014 (1-0 vs Chelsea). Villa have drawn three and lost nine of their 12 such games since.

Manchester United Team News

Dean Henderson, Victor Lindelof and Scott McTominay could be prime candidates to come back into the side. All three were unused substitutes at the Stadio Olimpico. Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were also afforded the second half off against Roma, perhaps with the Villa Park fixture in mind, but Ole suggested post-match that there were no ill effects from the second leg generally.

Anthony Martial and Phil Jones will miss the game against the Premier League’s 10th-placed side, although the former is making good progress on his recovery from a knee injury.

There are also some doubts about Daniel James, who was absent in Rome with an issue Solskjaer has previously suggested will keep him out ‘for a little while’.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:

Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 01: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United in action with Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on December 01, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
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