Aston Villa will host Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League and below are our prediction, team news and predicted starting lineup.
Villa announced this week that Unai Emery’s first game as Aston Villa boss will be against Man United but that shouldn’t put the Red Devils in panic as they have come up against the Spanish coach on several occasions.
Manchester United have good records against Emery, during his times at Arsenal and Villarreal and they should repeat the same against the Spaniard as Villa boss.
Manchester United Team News
The Red Devils could be without a host of first-team players. Raphael Varane has been ruled out of the game and will miss the remainder of United’s games until the World Cup with a hamstring injury.
Jadon Sancho is also a doubt for the Villa trip with an illness. The England international has missed United’s recent games but he’s racing against time to be fit for the Aston Villa game.
Anthony Martial returned to training this week but wasn’t part of the squad that beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in Spain in the Europa League. He’s likely to be in the squad for the Aston Villa game though.
Antony has missed United’s last two games against West Ham United and Real Sociedad due to an injury and he’s racing against time to be fit for tomorrow’s trip.
Bruno Fernandes will miss the game through a suspension after he received his fifth yellow card against West Ham United last weekend.
Predicted Manchester United starting lineup vs Aston Villa
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
Defenders: Dalot, Martinez, Lindelof, Shaw
Midfielders: Casemiro, Eriksen, McTominay
Forwards: Elanga, Ronaldo, Rashford
Manchester United to win
The Red Devils head into the game knowing that a win over Aston Villa will see them move into the top four in the Premier League and go level on points  with 3rd place Tottenham, who have an unwinnable game against Liverpool. Also, Unai Emery’s side always sits back and waits for counter-attacks, which will see United dominate for the majority of the game, hence creating more clear-cut chances.
Both teams to score YES
Both sides love getting on the scoreboard when they meet each other, regardless of the competition. They played a 2-2 draw in pre-season and both teams were on the scoresheet last season as well, hence they are likely to repeat the same on Sunday, plus the Red Devils will be without Raphael Varane at the back due to a hamstring injury.
Marcus Rashford to score YES
The England international is looking very sharp. He came off the bench against Real Sociedad but didn’t do much. He will be motivated to get on the scoreboard again after his superb header handed United a tight win over West Ham United last weekend. Marcus Rashford is one of the favourites to get on the scoreboard tomorrow and we’re backing him to get his 101st career club goal against Unai Emery’s men.