35 Things You Need To Know Before Aston Villa vs Manchester United

Ahead of our full Match Preview and Team News (available 1 hour before kick off), here are the key facts and stats prior to Aston Villa vs Manchester United.

KEY FACTS

  1. Villa lost 2-0 to Liverpool last time out, holding out for 71 minutes at Anfield.
  2. United put FIVE past Bournemouth on their last outing in the league.
  3. 4 points now separate Villa from West Ham & Watford and with it, safety.
  4. Dean Smith is now winless in ten consecutive games in all competitions with Villa.
  5. By contrast, Man Utd are on a 16 game unbeaten run.
  6. The visitors are also on a ten game undefeated run away from Old Trafford.
  7. However, they’ve won just five times away from home this season.
  8. Villa’s last victory came in January, over relegation rivals Watford.
  9. Jack Grealish is heavily linked with a switch to both Manchester sides.
  10. Any win at Villa Park for United would be their fourth consecutive victory.
  11. Villa did manage to hold United to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in December 2019.
  12. Aston Villa Premier League Form: LDLDLL
  13. Manchester United Premier League Form: DWDWWW
  14. Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings have been declared fit for Villa.
  15. Frederic Guilbert is available too, but Engels and Targett remain out.
  16. Pepe Reina is expected to start in goal after Orjan Nyland was dropped against Liverpool.
  17. United are possible to be without their defender Lindelof for the trip to Villa Park.
  18. Former Villa loanee Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones will definitely not feature.
  19. Villa have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, conceding 62 times.
  20. However, the defensive resolve has improved since the end of lockdown.
  21. Villa are currently 18th – United are in 5th in the Premier League.
  22. United are just 2 points behind Chelsea and 2 behind Leicester.
  23. Villa have not beaten Man Utd since 2009.
  24. United have not lost at Villa Park in their last 21 visits.
  25. United have scored 12 goals in their 4 games since the league resumed.
  26. Villa haven’t managed to score in 5 of our last 7 attempts.
  27. Solskjær has named the same starting XI for the last 3 games.
  28. Villa by contrast are rotating the team through urgency and increasing desperation.
  29. United will benefit from an extra days rest, having played last Saturday.  Villa played Sunday.
  30. Rashford and Martial have both struck 15 goals this term for United.
  31. Fernandes has scored 6, assisted 5, in just 9 appearances.
  32. Dean Smith has endured Villa taking just 2 points from 15 available since restart.
  33. Match Details: Thursday 9th July – Kick off 20:15pm (GMT)
  34. Predicted Line Up: Aston Villa: Reina; Konsa, Hause, Mings, Taylor; Luiz, McGinn, Hourihane; El Ghazi, Grealish, Samatta.
  35. Predicted Line Up: Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.

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Sources: Sports Mole, Telegraph, WhoScored, 90Min.

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