Manchester United vѕ Aston Villa
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 25 September 2021
Kick-off аt 12:30 UK/ 13:30 CET
Venue: Old Trafford.
After surviving Antonio-less West Ham in London, Manchester United will be aiming to stay in the title race when they host Aston Villa to their Old Trafford.
Summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo has already scored two goals in the new Premier League campaign, and we are positive that the Portugal superstar will pose a big threat for Aston Villa defenders as well.
Fit-again midfielder Scott McTominay should keep his place in the starting XI, while Marcus Rashford and Alex Telles remain in the recovery room.
Edinson Cavani is rated doubtful for the match. The Villans did well to beat Everton 3-0 at the weekend, but it has to be noted that the Toffees were without important first-team regulars in the Villa Park clash.
Since Dean Smith’s troops are not regarded as good travelers, we are tempted to put our money on the Red Devils. John McGinn should be fit for the match, as well as new signing Leon Bailey.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Head-to-head (h2h)
Teams Manchester United Aston Villa played so far 44 matches.
Manchester United won 35 direct matches. Aston Villa won 2 matches. 7 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.70 goals per Match.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa Prediction
Manchester United in actual season average scored 2.18 goals per match. In 4 (80.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (80.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
Aston Villa average scored 2.27 goals per match in season 2021. In 7 (100.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (71.43%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
Man United will again be without the services of Marcus Rashford and Amad Diallo on Saturday through injury, while Edinson Cavani faces a battle to be involved, having only just returned to first-team training.
Solskjaer is expected to make 11 changes from the EFL Cup defeat to West Ham, and it would not be a surprise to see the same side that took to the field for the league game against the Hammers last weekend.
Indeed, Paul Pogba should operate off the left, with Scott McTominay and Fred in midfield, while Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes will feature in the areas behind Ronaldo.
Jadon Sancho has found it difficult to make his mark in the early stages of his career at Old Trafford, and the England international is expected to start on the bench against Smith’s side.
As for Villa, Axel Tuanzebe is ineligible to face his parent club, while Bailey, Trezeguet, Keinan Davis and Morgan Sanson will all miss the contest at Old Trafford through injury.
Matt Targett is also a doubt due to an abductor problem, but John McGinn has been passed fit to feature, having recovered from a head injury.
The visitors could again operate in a 3-5-2 formation, with Kortney Hause coming in for Tuanzebe, while there might be a start for former Man United captain Ashley Young if Targett is not available.
Villa should have plenty of firepower, though, with Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins set to start as the front two, meaning that Emiliano Buendia might have to accept a spot on the bench.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Mings, Hause, Konsa; Cash, Luiz, Nakamba, McGinn, Young; Ings, Watkins
Referee: Mike Dean. Assistants: Darren Cann, Eddie Smart. Fourth official: Michael Salisbury. VAR: Andy Madley. Assistant VAR: Simon Beck.