Old Trafford hosts a significant clash regarding both ends of the Premier League table as Manchester United take on Aston Villa, who have a pitiful record against their opponents both at home and away.
If the home side can continue to produce the form that has seen them to victory over rivals Tottenham and Liverpool, then they should have far too much for the strugglers here. Juan Mata was the goalscoring hero at Anfield, creeping into the limelight with two well-taken efforts in what might be the result that defines the club’s season.
A more maligned figure, Marouane Fellaini, has been just as influential during the recent upturn in performances. His height dominated Liverpool and the former Everton man has continued that form for Belgium, scoring in both of their Euro 2016 qualifiers over the week.
With Villa lacking height in defence, Fellaini could sense another opportunity to impress, but visiting boss Tim Sherwood will hope his team can pose just as much of a threat on the attack. He will ensure his players show little respect for United, and their forward prowess was in evidence in their last away match at Sunderland.
However, the subsequent home loss to a superior Swansea City highlights the Villans’ inconsistency and perhaps suggests why they are in a worrying position in the league and severely in need of points. Elsewhere, Fabian Delph and Michael Carrick will look to outdo each other in the midfield after playing together twice for England in recent days.
Man Utd are without Robin van Persie through injury and Jonathan Evans due to suspension, but Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling should recover from illness and injury in time to play.
Tom Cleverley misses out for Aston Villa as he cannot face his former club, and they are waiting on the fitness of Matthew Lowton, Jores Okore and captain Ron Vlaar.
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