Manchester United vs Aston Villa
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 1 December 2019
Kick-off at 16:30 UK / 17:30 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
Manchester United put in another patchy away performance when drawing 3-3 at Sheffield United but are still fancied to see off Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils look a different team in front of their own fans, having netted six times in convincing victories over Partizan Belgrade and Brighton here before the international break.
We’re hoping for a similarly positive display on Sunday, so 11/10 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game is our initial Man Utd vs Aston Villa prediction.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa Head to head (h2h)
- Their last meeting saw Manchester United pick up a 1-0 victory.
- Three of their previous five fixtures have featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts.
- Both teams have found the back of the net together just thrice in their previous ten games.
- None of their past fifteen clashes have finished as a stalemate.
- Aston Villa have not registered a win in their last ten matchups. (W-0, D-1, L-9)
Solskjaer will ring the changes from the Europa League clash on Thursday night, but the 20-time English champions still have a number of injury problems.
Unsettled midfielder Paul Pogba is not yet ready to return from an ankle problem, although the France international could potentially play a part against Tottenham next week.
Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Marcos Rojo are all still injured, but Solskjaer is hopeful that Scott McTominay will overcome an ankle issue to make the starting XI this weekend.
The 3-4-3 formation from last weekend is likely to be scrapped for a 4-2-3-1, with Brandon Williams expected to keep his position at left-back having scored his first senior goal against Sheffield United.
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.
There are not expected to be many surprises in the away side’s XI, meaning that Conor Hourihane should again join McGinn and Douglas Luiz in the middle of the park.
Grealish will be given licence to roam in support of Wesley and El Ghazi, with the likes of Trezeguet and Henri Lansbury providing attacking options from the bench.
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