Aston Villa vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be looking to extend their run of victories to seven Premier League games as they travel to an Aston Villa side depleted by injuries and suspensions.

The home side come into this off the back of the disappointment of losing to Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion, with the dismissal of Kieran Richardson in the first half forcing them on the defensive, and although they put in a determined performance, they failed to hold on.

Manager Paul Lambert appears to be trying to implement a more attractive passing style to Villa, who have received criticism for setting up too defensively, particularly at home. And they clearly have players capable of tormenting the United backline.

However, doing that and finding a way past goalkeeper David De Gea are two totally different things, as Liverpool found out to their cost on Sunday. Countless times the Reds found themselves in on goal, only for the Spaniard to look unbeatable once again.

Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie provided more of a clinical edge in the final third, and the Red Devils now have plenty of momentum behind them. Another win here and talk of a possible title challenge will only increase.

Richardson is suspended for Villa along with Alan Hutton and Tom Cleverley – who would have missed out anyway against his parent club. Nathan Baker, Philippe Senderos and Ashley Westwood are all injured.

Angel Di Maria has a chance of being available for this game as the United injury list thins, but Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling remain out.

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