Manchester United vs Aston Villa
England – Premier League
Date: Friday, 1 January 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Old Trafford.
Manchester United resume their go after Europa League glory on Wednesday evening with what should be a routine home match against LASK Linz within the last 16.
The Red Devils lead 5-0 from March’s first leg and, barring a six-goal collapse at Old Trafford in midweek, they will anticipate to the quarter-finals.
United have already sealed Champions League qualification after finishing third within the Premier League,meaning there’s less pressure to win the Europa League in August.
However, an FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea will have stung Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – especially as he’s yet to lift a trophy as United manager.
Solskjaer can change all that this month within the Europa League finals tournament in Germany,
but first the Red Devils must navigate the second leg of their last-16 tie against LASK.
United are 5-0 up after a first-leg win in Austria, and can be wearing their new 2020/21 home kit for what should be a routine win.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Four of the previous seven games had goals from both teams, and the latest two official clashes had three or more goals as well.
- The latest match-up had ended in a 0-3 win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men on the road.
- The hosts had scored two or more goals in ten of the preceding twelve match-ups at this venue.
- At this ground, the latest clash had ended in a 2-2 draw.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Prediction
Two sides in excellent form come head-to-head, both looking for European qualification, or perhaps more. To suggest that Manchester United would have been in a title race at the start of the season, and especially after their questionable start, would have been a laughable comment, but Ole’s men find themselves in second place, with a game in hand. A last-minute winner against Wolves last time out gives United hope but beating Aston Villa will be a tough task. United only scraped a win over Wolves and Villa will arguably, considering the form they are in, be a tougher opponent on the day. Perhaps this one is too close to call, as this season has already proved that anyone can beat anyone on the day, so this is best avoided in the betting markets.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa TEAM NEWS
PREDICTED XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Pogba, McTominay; James, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
UNAVAILABLE: Jones (Injured), Rojo (Injured), Cavani (Suspended)
QUESTIONABLE: Lindelof (Injured)
PREDICTED XI (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Douglas Luiz; Traore, Grealish, El Ghazi; Watkins
UNAVAILABLE: Wesley (Injured), Trezeguet (Injured)
QUESTIONABLE: Barkley (Injured)
Manchester United vs Aston Villa Line Up
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Romero; Dalot, Bailly, Lindelof, Williams; McTominay, Fred; James, Mata, Lingard; Ighalo
LASK Linz possible starting lineup:
Schlager; Wiesinger, Trauner, Andrade; Ranftl, Holland, Michorl, Renner; Tetteh, Frieser; Klauss