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Match Preview – Aston Villa vs Manchester United

Unai Emery will take charge of Aston Villa for the first time as Manchester United travel to Villa Park in the Premier League this weekend.

United are unbeaten in nine fixtures across all competitions as Erik ten Hag’s reign begins to take shape.

Here is everything you need to know about Sunday’s clash.

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Aston Villa: DLLWL

Aston Villa’s poor start to the season saw Steven Gerrard fired from his role as head coach, with Unai Emery parachuted in to help lead the club away from the relegation zone.

Villa have disappointed so far this season and Emery was provided evidence of the task facing him as the club crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Newcastle last weekend. Interim manager Aaron Danks had briefly inspired a turnaround with a big win over Brentford, but familiar issues and individual errors saw Villa implode at St James’ Park last time out.

Emery will need to coax more from the attacking personnel at his disposal, with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey all flattering to deceive this season. There is enough talent within the club’s ranks to be comfortably clear of trouble and the Spaniard will be tasked with overseeing immediate improvement.

Man United: WDWWW

Manchester United are nine unbeaten since a crushing Manchester Derby defeat in early October, with encouraging signs from Erik ten Hag’s side in recent weeks.

A 1-0 win at Real Sociedad in midweek saw Alejandro Garnacho score his first senior goal and the Red Devils fans will be keen to see more from the exciting Argentine. The win in Spain also saw United record a third consecutive clean sheet, a positive sign in the absence of Raphael Varane.

Casemiro’s integration into the team has provided an assured screen in front of the back four, while Lisandro Martinez has been perhaps the side’s most consistent performer this season.

United are point outside the top four at present, as the Red Devils look to gain a Champions League place headed into the season’s break. With Chelsea facing Arsenal and Spurs hosting Liverpool this weekend, it could be an ideal time to capitalise on dropped points elsewhere.

Last Meeting

Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United, January 7th 2022

Philippe Coutinho marked his debut with a late equaliser as Aston Villa roared back from two goals down to earn a point at Villa Park.

Emiliano Martinez’s howler gifted Bruno Fernandes an opener for the visitors, before Fernandes crashed in a second off the underside of the cross bar – following another Villa mistake – to double the Red Devils’ advantage.

Villa fought back however, with Coutinho the catalyst off the bench. The loan arrival from Barcelona set up Jacob Ramsey after a neat interchange on the edge of the box, before arriving at the back post to bundle in a late equaliser.

Predicted Lineups

Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne; Luiz, McGinn, Buendia; Bailey, Watkins, Ings.

Man United: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen, Fred; Rashford, Sancho, Ronaldo.

Who is the referee?

Anthony Taylor.

Is Aston Villa v Man Utd on TV?

UK and Ireland: The game will not be broadcast live on television.

USA: Peacock.

What time is kick off?

Sunday 6th November, 14:00pm GMT.

Odds

Aston Villa – 23/10

Draw – 13/5

Man United – 11/10

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