Manchester United’s team to play Aston Villa tonight is –
Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw
Mata, Depay, Januzaj
Subs – Johnstone, Valencia, McNair, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Young, Hernandez
Aston Villa will have to start much quicker against United than they did at Bournemouth. Tim Sherwood’s side were lucky to survive a number of Bournemouth chances just before the end of the first half. They were a different team after the interval, with substitute Rudy Gestede scoring the winner in the 72nd minute.
Villa are likely to name a similar side with newly appointed captain Micah Richards, Jordan Veretout, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Ayew and Gestede all making solid debuts. Gestede is more than likely to have pushed himself into the starting lineup for the game at Villa Park with his man of the match performance.
As for Manchester United, they were underwhelming in their 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Old Trafford. A Kyle Walker own goal gifted United victory in a game absent of clear goal scoring chances.
Louis Van Gaal will continue with Sergio Romero in goal as the saga with David De Gea continues and debutants Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schneiderlin guaranteed their starting places with impressive performances.
Sergio Romero will likely continue in goal for Man Utd as the David de Gea saga goes on
Villa have failed to beat United in their last 11 Premier League meetings with their last victory coming at Old Trafford in 2009. Ominously, it’s nearly 16 years since they beat a Man Utd side at home.