Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Team news, Match facts and predictions

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Manchester United will look to their climb back up the Premier League table when Aston Villa come to town this weekend.

United traditionally enjoy this fixture, having lost just once in 24 Premier League meetings with the Villa.

But after a much-improved performance at home to Brighton, signs of the familiar old fragilities were on show at Bramall Lane last time out.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s currently sit in ninth, nine points adrift of the Champions League places – but a shock defeat for Chelsea against West Ham means United can cut the gap to six points.

This game is a difficult one for Manchester United but it is Villa so I believe the points will remain at Old Trafford.

Team News

Manchester United will recall their established senior players on Sunday, having made 11 changes for the Europa League defeat by Astana.

Scott McTominay could return from an ankle problem, while Paul Pogba is back in England after treatment on an ankle injury in Miami and he might feature against Spurs on Wednesday.

Aston Villa defender Bjorn Engels has recovered from a hip problem.

Jota is continuing to build up his fitness following hernia surgery.

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March facts

Head-to-head

United’s solitary defeat in 24 Premier League home games against Aston Villa came a decade ago.

That 1-0 triumph is Villa’s only victory in the past 41 league meetings, home and away (D10, L30).

The Red Devils have won the past six meetings at Old Trafford, scoring 18 goals and conceding three.

Manchester United

United’s tally of 17 points is their lowest after 13 matches since the 1988-89 season.

They have only kept one clean sheet in their past 12 Premier League matches.

No United player has scored a Premier League hat-trick since Robin van Persie’s treble against Aston Villa in April 2013.

At 25 years and 80 days, Manchester United have the youngest average starting XI in the Premier League this season.

All of United’s Premier League goalscorers this season are aged 23 or under.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær was unbeaten in all 12 Premier League appearances as a player against Villa, winning eight and drawing four.

Marcus Rashford has been involved in eight goals in his last five Premier League appearances against newly-promoted opponents (four goals, four assists).

Aston Villa

With four victories from their opening 13 games, Villa have already claimed more wins than in the entirety of their previous top-flight season in 2015-16.

However, they have only won one of their last 24 Premier League away matches, drawing three and losing 20.

Villa have lost 16 of their last 17 Premier League matches against established top-six opponents, the only exception being a 0-0 home draw with Manchester City in November 2015.

Their last four Premier League goals have all come from set-pieces.

They have conceded a joint league-high nine goals from set-pieces this season.

Conor Hourihane has been involved in 22 league goals for Villa since the start of last season – nine goals, 13 assists – more than any other player currently at the club.

PREDICTION: 2-0