Premier League Preview: Manchester United vs. Aston Villa

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  • United leads all-time: 95W-39D-49L
  • Villa three clear of 18th place Burnley
  • United on four-match win streak

The last time Aston Villa met Manchester United, it was Paul Lambert who oversaw the end of the Red Devils’ seven-match win streak versus Villa in a 1-1 draw at Villa Park (Stream with Live Extra here).

Now it’s Tim Sherwood in charge of Villa, and the venue is Old Trafford. Can the somewhat-resurgent Villans pick up their first win against United since 2009, when Gabriel Agbonlahor gave the Midlands side its first win over the Red Devils in 10 years.

That’s right; Since a 1999 League Cup win, Aston Villa has defeated Manchester United once.

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Villa is just three points ahead of 18th place Burnley, but holds a six-point lead on QPR. The Clarets host Tottenham on Sunday.

What they’re saying

Manchester United’s Van Gaal on Marouane Fellaini: “He had an unlucky season [last season] because he was injured and ill a lot of times, but when he’s been fit he’s always played for me, more or less. I was looking for balance in the team, and he can bring that. Of course, I can change things depending on our opponent, but at the minute I can’t change him when he’s playing like this.”

Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar on relegation threat and Saturday’s match: “I’ve said it before – and we’re still in it. So we can speak a lot but in reality we have to show it on the pitch. It’s been really hard up there at Old Trafford during the last two seasons as we’ve suffered comprehensive defeats. It’s a new game though this time and I really believe we can get a result there and that’s what we all have to believe.”

Prediction

Nothing good for Sherwood’s bunch. While Christian Benteke and Agbonlahor have been playing well, it’s a lot to ask of Brad Guzan and his Villans to walk into Old Trafford and snare a point, let alone all three. Could be an easy enough win. Red Devils, 3-1.