Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Preview and Predictions
Manchester United have struggled under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They have remained inconsistent so far this season. But since their 1-1 draw against Liverpool, Manchester United have started showing signs of improvement.
Four wins and five draws from their 13 matches has brought them 17 points, leaving them down in ninth position. The 20-time English champions are only two points off fifth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers but sit nine behind fourth-placed Chelsea, showing the size of the task to secure a top-four spot
With clubs letting go of managers who have failed to measure up, Ole has assured everyone that his job is not on the line.
Manchester United went 2-0 down last weekend against Sheffield United, but managed to steal a point in the 3-3 draw. And in the Europa league on Thursday against Astana, Ole introduced new players, but they lost 2-1.
With the likes of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay still working their way back, Manchester United’s midfield have been left exposed, leaving their attackers isolated most of the time.
With a game against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on Wednesday, and the Manchester Derby after that, Ole will aim to pick all three points against Villa.
Aston Villa have had a pretty decent run so far in the league, with 4 (W), 2 (D), and 7 (L). Their 2-0 victory against Newcastle on Monday should give them a boost going into this game.
A total of 14 points has left them in 15th position in the table, four points clear of the relegation zone. That said, they are only four points off sixth-placed Sheffield United, which is an indication of the type of league that it has been in the opening few months.
Manchester United are still without long-term absentees Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcos Rojo and Paul Pogba. But Solskjaer is hopeful that Scott McTominay will overcome an ankle issue to make the starting XI this weekend.
Andreas Pereira’s form this season has been criticised, but the Brazilian is expected to keep his spot in the final third alongside Daniel James and Marcus Rashford, with Anthony Martial at the tip of the attack.
As for Villa, central defender Bjorn Engels is available having missed the last two matches with a hip problem, but versatile attacker Jota is unlikely to feature due to a hernia issue.
Keinan Davis is also still out with a hamstring problem, while number two goalkeeper Jed Steer will be absent until the early stages of 2020 with a calf complaint.
Man United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; McTominay, Fred; James, Pereira, Rashford; Martial
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett; Hourihane, McGinn, Douglas Luiz; El Ghazi, Wesley, Grealish
Manchester United have won their last 5 home matches against Aston Villa
Aston Villa have lost their last two away matches
Cs: Manchester United 2 vs Aston Villa 0
Tips: Manchester United won