Manchester United vs Aston Villa PreviewNathan Best
Manchester United are looking to continue their impressive start to the season as they host Aston Villa on Saturday in the lunchtime kick-off at Old Trafford.
Following the midweek defeat against West Ham United, there was an immediate reaction that caused unrest suggesting that Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is not right the man for the Manchester United job. This has now twice happened, where fans have had a knee-jerk reaction to a defeat this season, where the scope of the reality needs to be in place. Before the game in the Carabao Cup, it was not deemed of vital importance to the aims this season. So there needs to be a perspective on that front.
To the game in hand at the weekend, United head into this game third in the Premier League having collected 13 points from a possible 15. Four wins from their opening five, mean Solksjaer’s side are looking good thus far. Last time out against West Ham United (League), the joys of football were to behold as United grabbed a last gasp win. A missed penalty from Mark Noble, which accompanied a Jesse Lingard screamer ensured United came away with the win.
Cristiano Ronaldo was on the scoresheet once again in the last league game. The Portuguese talisman has four goals in three games since his triumphant return to Old Trafford. The Red Devils have two huge home games before the international break, as they will welcome Villarreal to Old Trafford in the Champions League next Wednesday.
Aston Villa have had a mixed start to the Premier League season, having picked up winning two, drawing one and losing two in the process. Their start has seen them climb barely into the top half, after the loss of Jack Grealish.
Like United, Dean Smith’s side was knocked out of the Carabao Cup in midweek. Smith’s team, who finished 11th in the Premier League last season, will certainly believe that they are capable of harming United this weekend, but Villa has incredibly picked up just one win in their last 45 Premier League games against United, losing 33 times in the process.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make a return to the side after missing out in midweek. Edinson Cavani is back amongst the selectees once again as Marcus Rashford and Amad Diallo are set to miss out once more.
Axel Tuanzebe will be ineligible to feature against his parent club.
Matt Targett is also a doubt due to an abductor problem, but John McGinn has been passed fit to feature, having recovered from a head injury.