Match Preview: Manchester United vs. Aston Villa

Manchester United prepare for the first of two successive visits with Aston Villa on Monday with their FA Cup third-round encounter.

Manchester United have won 10 of their 12 FA Cup meetings with Aston Villa, including each of the last six in a row since losing the 1957 final.

Aston Villa have already beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford this season (1-0 in the Premier League). There have been just three occasions of a team winning twice away at Man Utd in the same season – Chelsea in 2004-05, Tottenham in 1989-90 and Aston Villa themselves in 1919-20.

Manchester United have won their last nine FA Cup home games by an aggregate score of 20-2. They’re unbeaten in their last 11 at Old Trafford in the competition since a 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Arsenal in 2014-15.

Aston Villa have lost their last six FA Cup matches, their longest ever losing run in the competition.

As a player, Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard faced Manchester United 35 times in all competitions (W13 D2 L20), only facing Chelsea more often (40). His last appearance against the Red Devils in March 2015 saw him sent off just 38 seconds after coming on as a half-time substitute.

Manchester United Team News:

Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire missed the Wolves game, with COVID-19 and injury respectively, which led to Phil Jones coming in for his first senior outing in almost two years and performing well at the heart of the defence.

Paul Pogba remains sidelined while Eric Bailly and Hannibal are away on Africa Cup of Nations duty. Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are available as their one-game suspension will only kick in for the Premier League meeting at Villa Park five days later.

United’s on-loan defender Axel Tuanzebe is ineligible and striker Wesley has joined Internacional in Brazil on a 12-month loan.

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