Manchester United visit Aston Villa after an enthralling 3-0 victory over arch rivals Liverpool as Van Gaal looks forward to his 7th consecutive win with the Red Devils. Despite a slow start to the season, victories over Arsenal and Liverpool shows that Manchester United have got back to their winning ways despite not playing up to their expected standards. Aston Villa on other hand will be hoping to contain United after losing out on several key players for the tie at Villa Park.
Aston Villa come into the game having lost just one game in their last 6 appearances. However Paul Lambert hasn’t been able to hit the winning note and has won only 2 of these games, drawing three fixtures on the trot.
Aston Villa will be looking for a strong performance on Saturday if they are to go past Van Gaal’s men. However Lambert will be without the services of several players such as Kieran Richardson (suspended), Tom Cleverley (Ineligible), Alan Hutton(suspended), Joe Cole (Injured), Nathan Baker (Injured), Ashley Westwoon (Injured), Philip Senderos (Injured) and Libor Kozak (Injured).
Benteke will be expected to lead the team’s attack and he will be looking to exploit Manchester United’s fragile defence. The Belgian striker will look to keep De Gea busy who has been on splendid form this season. Ron Vlaar is expected to return to the starting line-up and will be burdened with the responsibility to keep national team-mate Robin Van Persie out of the game.
Just 5 points clear of the relegation zone, Aston Villa be keen to not give away any points as Paul Lambert prepares himself for a hectic Christmas schedule. Meanwhile the Villa manager does believe that Manchester United will play an important role in the title run this year and that they might just be able to snatch the title from Manchester City and Chelsea.
Expected Starting Eleven: Guzan; Vlaar, Clark, Okore, Cissokho, Lowton; Delph, Sanchez, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor; Benteke
A 3-0 victory over arch-rivals Liverpool will provide Manchester United the confidence that they need before going into the hectic year end schedule. Despite a slow start to the season and a string of crucial injuries, it looks like Manchester United are finally getting their season back on track. Third on the Premier League table and 8 and 5 points behind Chelsea and Manchester City respectively, United will be keen to capitalize on their momentum as they face a resilient Aston Villa at the Villa Park.
With Radamel Falcao declared fit, the Colombian is expected to start the game along with Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney. Though speculation is rife surrounding the future of Falcao at Manchester United, Van Gaal will be looking to utilize his star signing at Villa Park and will hope for a productive partnership with Van Persie and Rooney.
Di Maria has also returned from his injury and could start from the bench at Villa Park. Van Gaal is expected to start with a 5-3-2 formation with Carrick, Jones and Evans playing at the heart of the defence and Young and Valencia as wing-backs. Rooney is expected to team up with Mata and Fellaini in the middle with Robin Van Persie and Falcao leading the attack.
Expected Starting Eleven: De Gea; Carrick, Evans, Jones, Valencia, Young; Rooney, Mata, Fellaini; Falcao, Robin Van Persie
Player To Watch Out For:
Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie and Benteke are the ones to watch out for as Aston Villa host Manchester United. The three strikers will be instrumental for their teams and one can expect some goals in the game.
Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United
Blast From The Past