Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, England When: Tuesday, December 26, 9 pm CET
This might be the crucial game for Manchester United this year. That is for Erik ten Hag. The Dutch manager has avoided a sack for a long time, but given the way his team plays, Ten Hag’s luck could end here. On the other hand, Aston Villa chases the title, and they, too, need three points. The Villains have been playing fantastic football lately and come to Manchester without respect for the dazzled rivals.
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The Red Devils are still far away from the spot which leads to the UEFA Champions League. This team endured many setbacks since the season started, whether in the form of injuries, off-field scandals, or terrible results.
Old Trafford used to be a stronghold and one of the most hostile places for any visitors. However, United isn’t using the home-court advantage under Ten Hag, which frustrates the fans. Over the last ten events here, the Red Devils lost six times, often failing to score.
The last two defeats were brutal. First was against Bournemouth, who went back home after a 0-3 victory. After that came the one in the UEFA Champions League, when Bayern Munich triumphed in Manchester with a minimal result, ending United’s European adventure.
Sir Alex Ferguson stated at the start of the season that Aston Villa might be one of the biggest surprises in the Premiership. And he was quite right.
The Villains have recorded victories over Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City so far, which only tells us how powerful this team is. Unai Emery created a very compact unit, highly adaptable to any rival, and extremely efficient upfront.
Seven of their last ten away games across all competitions finished with both teams scoring, while six concluded with three or more hits. Don’t forget Aston Villa has one of the most potent attacks in the league.
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Manchester United and Aston Villa Possible Lineups
Manchester United: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Evans, Shaw; Mainoo, McTominay; Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho; Hojlund
Aston Villa: Martinez; Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Moreno; Cash, Luiz, Ramsey, McGinn; Diaby, Watkins
* at the time of writing these lineups were relevant
Manchester United vs. Aston Villa Head to Head
These two clubs met three times during the previous season, twice in the Premiership and once in the English Football League Cup. Aston Villa was better at home, 3-1, while Manchester triumphed in the following two events at Trafford, 4-2 in the EFL Cup and 1-0 in the Premiership.
Manchester United vs. Aston Villa Predictions
United is unpredictable, but we are 100% certain they don’t have a better team than the visitors. Aston Villa’s chemistry is at a much higher level, and the morale of the guests is superb compared to United’s. We will be brave here and pick the Villains to take all three points from Trafford. This pick has a high value and is worth the risk.
Our verdict: Aston Villa wins
Manchester United versus Aston Villa Odds