2021’s first gameweek fixture of Premier League is starting from the Friday on January 1st. One of the biggest games this week will be Manchester United against Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Friday night.
Manchester United are only 3 points away from league leader Liverpool with one game in hand and Aston Villa is currently sitting in 5th position with two fewer games than others.
Last season Manchester United couldn’t beat Aston Villa at home and the game ended 2-2 draw. Jack Grealish scored a great goal on that day. But both sides have improved a lot since then.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa Preview:
Manchester United is in great form under Ole Gunner Solskjær after a very bad start to the season. The Red Devils have won 7 of their last 9 games and earned 23 points out of a possible 27 and unbeaten since the defeat against Arsenal in the league.
Solskjær’s men have got 30 points in 15 games and they can match Liverpool’s points tally if they can win this match at Old Trafford and move up to the joint top of the league with their arch-rivals.
Manchester United won 1-0 in their last game at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers by a 93rd-minute winner from Marcus Rashford.
The Red Devils haven’t had a great result at home against a side who are at the top half of the table. They played 4 matches including Arsenal and yet to win a single match and lost twice.
Manchester United will be looking towards their main man Bruno Fernandes to be victorious in this crucial game. He has played 15 games and contributed to 17 goals. He scored 10 goals by himself and assist 7 for his teammates.
Aston Villa started the season excellently after they survived the last season by just a single point. They made a few great summer signings likes of Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Martinez who are showing their class.
Aston Villa is currently 5th in the table with 26 points in 14 matches. Their talisman Jack Grealish is having another great season in top-flight football.
Dean Smith’s team avoided defeat at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea and the game ended 1-1. Anwar El Ghazi scored the equaliser who has scored 5 goals in the last 6 games.
Aston Villa are having a pretty good away form, they lost only one and won 5 games in 7 this season in the league.
Manchester United Premier League form: D-W-W-D-W
Aston Villa Premier League form: W-D-W-W-D
Manchester United vs Aston Villa Team News:
Anthony Martial should be back in the starting lineup after he started on the bench against Wolves. It will be interesting to see who will have to sit out Mason Greenwood or Edinson Cavani for this game.
Fred, Scott McTominey and Luke Shaw should be starting in this game and maybe Paul Pogba will be starting on the bench alongside Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic who started in the midweek fixture.
After back to back good performance in defence Eric Bailly also be on the starting Xl for this match and Solskjær may not want to rush back injured Victor Lindelof.
Tyrone Mings will be back after his suspension against Chelsea and Kortney Hause will drop down to the substitutes’ bench.
Ross Barkley recovered from a hamstring injury but he won’t on the starting Xl in a game like this and Bertrand Traore keep his place in the starting Xl.
Manchester United are managing to grind out results and they should win this game as well which will put them at the top. But it won’t be easy as Aston Villa have the quality to hurt them.
Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa