Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Manchester United, including predictions, squad news and potential players.
And the walls of their fortress fall; Aston Villa try to record their second win in six games when you are refreshed Manchester United visit Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Lions’ FA Cup campaign ended with a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea in the second leg on Wednesday, as the Red Devils cruised past West Ham United 3-0 to exit the Premier League final.
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All good things must come to an end, and they have for Aston Villa, who welcome Man United to their West Midlands capital after a back-to-back 3-1 defeat at home – a far cry from their record 15-game winning streak. success runs ahead of its followers.
Few tipped Chelsea to win the FA Cup second leg on Wednesday, but to the surprise of fans and pundits, the Blues won. Unai EmeryGentlemen from start to finish and deservedly got round five thanks Conor Gallagher, Nicolas Jackson and Enzo Fernandez‘s effort before Moussa Diaby pull one back.
Emery’s preference for knock-out games was not important to the inspired Blues, whose victory at Villa Park came a week after Newcastle United’s victory at the Villains’ venue, although recent Premier League action has seen them hold Sheffield United to five without reply. .
Qualification for the 2024-25 Champions League remains in Villa’s hands with Emery’s men fourth in the table, although Tottenham Hotspur will drop them to fifth if they beat Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, leaving the Lions eight points behind Manchester. City in the same game as champions Everton on February 10.
Despite their recent setbacks, Villa can still be relied upon to find the back of the net at Villa Park – they are on a 32-game winning streak at a familiar venue across all competitions – but Erik ten HagReborn Red Devils plants should not attack themselves.
Imitation of the Holy Trinity of George Best, Dennis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton It will take some time for anyone to have the chance to wear a Man United jersey, but three of the Ten Hag’s hopefuls are taking steps to pay tribute to the aforementioned icons.
Last week’s trip to West Ham United – who saw the Red Devils at the London Stadium as recently as December – could have been a tough one for Man United, but Ten Hag’s men eventually made light work of the Irons, who lost. a Rasmus Hojlund opener is Alejandro Garnacho at Old Trafford.
The two invited another young star Kobbie Mainoo to join the promotion circles as Man United extended their start to 2024, winning four of their five games in the Premier League and FA Cup. 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur.
Because of seeing Irons, Man United jumped David MoyesThe men are sixth in the Premier League standings, but the gap to fourth-placed Villa is eight points, and their 31 goals are still the worst record of their kind in England’s top flight.
The Ten Hag side have gone a long way to making amends for their previous mistakes, though – netting 11 goals in their last three games and 19 in their last seven – and recorded their third win in a row against Villa with a thrilling 3-2 victory. Boxing Day, where Hojlund let loose after opening his Premier League account late.
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Aston Villa boss Emery will have Morgan Rogers the back he had after the former Middlesbrough winger was ineligible for the FA Cup defeat at Chelsea, where Nicolo Zaniolo and On Torres he was also given the green light to make the squad after shaking off injuries.
However, Ezri Konsa will miss between three and four weeks of action with a knee problem – news in the same area is also being kept Tyrone Mings and Emiliano Buendia outside for a long time – when the shooter John Duran is also on the road to recovery from severe pelvic pain.
Only Lucas Digne (thigh) has a chance to make his Lions comeback this week, while Emery must consider the development of Diaby, Torres and Jacob Ramsey for the first XI after Wednesday’s disappointing performance.
While Villa could be boosted by a return to full-back, Man United’s unlucky midfielder Lisandro Martinez he came off in the 71st minute with a knee injury against West Ham, and the Argentinian is now confirmed to be out for eight weeks in another brutal struggle in his Red Devils career.
Martinez is part of a quintet of injury absentees at Man United, who are still without him Anthony Martial (island), Tyrell Malacia (knee) and Mason Mount (calf), when Aaron Wan-Bissaka he pulled out of Thursday’s training session with an undisclosed problem and will also miss the trip to Villa Park.
Raphael Varane should be a straight forward replacement for Martinez who has been beaten in the Red Devils defence, but the Ten Hag have no reason to have a winning formula, as Hojlund aims to become the youngest player in Man United’s history to make it five straight Premier League games. .
Aston Villa expected starters:
Martinez; Cash, Torres, Lenglet, Moreno; Luiz, Kamara; Diaby, Tielemans, McGinn; Watkins
Manchester United are expected to start:
Look at each other; Dalot, Maguire, Varane, Shaw; Mainoo, Casemiro; Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund
We say: Aston Villa 2-3 Manchester United
Clinical re-discovery has been key to Man United’s impressive resurgence, as they have converted 20% of their shots in their last five games, after seeing just 3% of their attempts on net in their last five matches.
However, Ten Hag’s men are far from water at the back and have also lost Martinez, leading to a difficult engagement with an Aston Villa side who have not been shut out at home since October 2022.
Emery needs to get what he wants from his team after a deserved exit from the FA Cup, but with ruthless Man United as confident as they have been this season, the Red Devils will have to fight fire and return to Old Trafford enjoying a fourth place finish. consecutive wins.
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