Manchester United host Aston Villa with hopes to bounce back from their recent 3-0 loss to Manchester City in midweek. United sit firmly in seventh place as neither a win nor a lost will move them from that spot. They come into the game collecting ten points from a possible 18 with manger David Moyes looking to make only one change from their latest defeat. Tom Cleverley, who played only 45 minutes against City, should replaced by Antonio Valencia out wide. The United manager will be without the services of star striker Robin van Persie with Wayne Rooney looking to lead the line supported by Juan Mata ‘in the hole’. Danny Welbeck looks to start on the opposite wing where he is often used when both Rooney and Van Persie are fit to start. Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are a doubt with both carrying a knock.
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Guzan, Bacuna, Baker, Vlaar, Bertrand, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor
Aston Villa sit in 11th place and have won two of their last four home games, with one of the victory being against league leaders Chelsea. However, they fell to a 4-1 defeat at home to Stoke City last time around as they look for a victory against Manchester United. A win for them could see them leapfrog into 10th place, level on points with Stoke. Villa coach Paul Lambert is believed to be selecting the exact same team he used in his defeat to Stoke, with Andreas Weimann and Karim El Ahmadi looking to return after they both picked up an injury just after 33 minutes in their previous game. Christian Benteke looks to lead the attack aided by Andreas Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor out wide.
— Gabbininho (@gabbininho) March 27, 2014
Next match agaisnt aston villa at home! Chin up, lads @ManUtd ! There are matches you should win
— MȃmskĬ (@imambagja22) March 25, 2014
Its the law – Aston villa must lose to manchester united
— Andrew Stone (@andrewstone85) March 25, 2014
Last season when Manchester United hosted Aston Villa, Robin Van Persie scored a magnificent second goal before rounding off a hat trick. Missing the game through injury, can another United player emulate the Dutchman’s performance?
Wayne Rooney will have to be the one to watch when the two teams meet because with his strike partner out through injury, he will be given the lone striker role. Most of United’s attack will have to go through him as he looks to be the center of everything for his club. Expect goals and assist from him, even if his team isn’t playing well.
Manchester United vs. Aston Villa: An Alternative Preview
Manchester United have taken more points against Aston Villa than any team versus any opponent in Barclays Premier League history (100).
The Villans have failed to score in four of the last five Barclays Premier League games against United.
Man Utd will be missing Robin van Persie, who has scored five goals and assisted two more in his last five Premier League games against Aston Villa.
There have been four braces and one hat-trick in the last four Premier League meetings between these two sides.
Man Utd have won 26 and lost just one of their last 36 Premier League matches against the West Midlanders.
Aston Villa have won just one of their last seven Premier League away matches (W1 D2 L4).
Villa have won just three of their last 60 league away trips against Man Utd, losing 42.
Wayne Rooney has netted 10 Premier League goals against Villa, his joint-highest haul versus any one opponent in the competition. He is in good scoring form, having netted four in his last five Premier League appearances.
Manchester United have lost more Premier League home games this season (6) than in the previous three season put together (5).
Manchester United have lost six home games in a Premier League season for only the second time (2001/02); they have never lost more.