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MATCH PREVIEW: Aston Villa vs Manchester United

This Sunday, Manchester United take on Aston Villa at Villa Park in the English Premier League.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

Barclays Premier League

Sunday, 15 December, 2013

13:30 KO (BST)

Villa Park (42,788)


Aston Villa

Starting XI from: Brad Guzan, Jed Steer; Ciaran Clark Nathan Baker, Matthew Lowton, Enda Stevens; Chris Herd, Leandro Bacuna, Karim El Ahmadi, Ashley Westwood, Aleksander Tonev, Yacouba Sylla, Marc Albrighton; Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke, Jordan Bowery, Nicklas Helenius

Doubts: Ron Vlaar (calf), Antonio Luna (knock), Joe Bennett (back), Libor Kozak (knock)

Unavailable: Jores Okore (knee), Fabian Delph (suspension), Charles N’Zogbia (Achilles)

Top scorer: Christian Benteke (4)

Home record: P7 W2 D1 L4 F6 A9 Pts7

Home form: L W L L W D

Michael Carrick in action for Manchester United v Aston Villa


“We see it as an opportunity. We have got a long way to go and we have to try to make sure we only take one game at a time” – David Moyes.

Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Rafael da Silva, Fabio da Silva, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Alex Buttner; Antonio Valencia, Nani, Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj, Wilfried Zaha, Ryan Giggs, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa; Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney

Doubts: Nemanja Vidic (knock), Chris Smalling (knock), Patrice Evra (knock), Marouane Fellaini (back)

Unavailable: Michael Carrick (Achilles), Darren Fletcher (fitness), Robin van Persie (thigh)

Top scorer: Wayne Rooney (8)

Away record: P7 W3 D2 L2 F14 A12 Pts11

Away form: L L W W D D

Away record vs Aston Villa: P89 W33 D21 L35 F137 A156

crewe alexander vs manchester united

Last five meetings at Villa Park

Aston Villa 2-3 United (10-11-12)

Aston Villa 0-1 United (03-12-11)

Aston Villa 2-2 United (13-11-10)

Aston Villa 1-1 United (10-02-10)

Aston Villa 0-0 United (22-11-08)


Referee: Lee Mason.

Assistants: A Garratt, R West.

Fourth Official: Mark Clattenburg.


Should he feature, Ashley Young will pull on the United shirt for the 50th time in the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney currently sits on 149 Premier League goals for Manchester United.

Brad Guzan and David de Gea have started all fifteen league matches this season – the only players to do so for their respective clubs. Goalkeepers’ Union.

Should either start, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney will make a 20th appearance against Aston Villa for Manchester United.

Aston Villa have failed to score in 3 of their last 4 matches at Villa Park and 6 of the last 9 overall.

Wayne Rooney is a hat-trick goals shy of Jack Rowley’s club record 14 goals vs Aston Villa.

Christian Benteke has gone 10 hours and 40 minutes without a goal in the league.

United have managed only one clean sheet in the last 11 Premier League matches.

Aston Villa are the only side in this season’s Premier League which has yet to drop any points when leading.

United have lost just 1 of the last 35 Premier League matches against Aston Villa (W25 D9 L1).

Score prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 United


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By Jack Holt

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One reply on “MATCH PREVIEW: Aston Villa vs Manchester United”

“We see it as an opportunity. We have got a long way to go and we have to try to make sure we only take one game at a time” – David Moyes.

Fergie would be planning 3 or 4 games ahead, with plans for resting and rotating the squad over Christmas/New Year.

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