Manchester United are set to play host to Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Friday night in their next English Premier League game.
Manchester United come into this game following a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday at Old Trafford.
A late second-half goal from England international Marcus Rashford was enough to secure the win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.
Aston Villa, on the other hand, drew 1-1 against Frank Lampard's Chelsea on Monday.
Veteran French striker Olivier Giroud put Chelsea ahead in the first half. However, Netherlands international Anwar El Ghazi managed to equalize for Dean Smith's Aston Villa in the second half.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa Head-to-Head
In 25 previous encounters between the two sides, Manchester United hold the clear advantage. They have won 19 games, lost one and drawn five.
The two clubs last faced each other in July 2020 in the English Premier League, with Manchester United beating Aston Villa 3-0.
Goals from star midfielder Bruno Fernandes, young attacker Mason Greenwood and France international Paul Pogba ensured victory for the Red Devils.
Manchester United form guide in the English Premier League: D-W-W-D-W
Aston Villa form guide in the English Premier League: W-D-W-W-D
Manchester United vs Aston Villa Team News
Manchester United have some injury issues in defence. Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof is in doubt. Centre-back Phil Jones and Argentine defender Marcos Rojo are both out due to injuries.
Injured: Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo
Doubtful: Victor Lindelof
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith will be unable to call upon the services of Egypt international Trezeguet and Brazilian striker Wesley Moraes, who are both nursing injuries. There are doubts over the availability of midfielder Ross Barkley.
Injured: Trezeguet, Wesley Moraes
Doubtful: Ross Barkley
Manchester United vs Aston Villa Predicted XI
Manchester United Predicted XI (4-3-3): David de Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Fred, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford
Aston Villa Predicted XI (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez, Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Jack Grealish, Bertrand Traore, Ollie Watkins, Anwar El Ghazi
Manchester United vs Aston Villa Prediction
Manchester United sit second in the league table, just two points behind league leaders and arch-rivals Liverpool.
Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes has arguably been the best midfielder in the league this season. The likes of Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani have also made important contributions.
Aston Villa have also impressed this season. Heavy investment in the summer saw the club break their transfer record to sign striker Ollie Watkins, and he has delivered so far.
Captain and midfielder Jack Grealish has been one of the best players in the league this season, with many comparing him to Eden Hazard during his prime Chelsea days.
Dean Smith's side have invested well and have a strong squad. It will be a close match, but Manchester United's squad depth, with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek coming off the bench, could be crucial.
We expect Manchester United to narrowly win this encounter.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa
Published 30 Dec 2020, 23:25 IST