Manchester United and Aston Villa will meet again this week in the Premier League. Ralf Rangnick’s team won the FA Cup on Monday, but it was by a narrow margin, and the result could have been different if VAR hadn’t disallowed Danny Ings’ equalizer following Scott McTominay’s opener.
The Red Devils needed the win, even though their performance was a touch sluggish. However, it was the third loss in a row for Aston Villa, the first serious hiccup in Gerrard’s short reign.
After suffering league losses to Brentford and Chelsea, Steven Gerald has a lot of work to do, followed by Monday night’s setback. It is undoubtedly the offensive aspect of the game that has to be addressed at Villa Park in the coming weeks.
The arrivals of Lucas Digne and Philippe Coutinho to Steven Gerrard’s squad in the days after that match may make United’s task that much more difficult. When Steven Gerrard has his players to work with, this might be the beginning of an era for the club.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa Team News and Possible Starting Lineups
Aston Villa will be missing Marvelous Nakamba and Leon Bailey yet again due to injuries, while crucial midfielder John McGinn is under suspension.
Trezeguet and Bertrand Traore will also be absent owing to their participation in the Africa Cup of Nations. Ashley Young might not participate in this weekend’s match against his former side.
Coutinho, who came on contract from Barcelona, might join the starting Eleven by Digne. Coutinho’s inclusion might see Danny Ings slip to the bench, while McGinn’s absence could allow Morgan Sanson to partner Jacob Ramsey and Douglas Luiz in the middle.
Ronaldo will be available after missing the FA Cup victory despite a hip problem in Manchester United. Jadon Sancho, Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot, and Phil Jones must also be approved.
Paul Pogba is the only definite injury absence, while Eric Bailly is on duty at the Africa Cup of Nations. Due to suspension, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw will miss the game.
Nemanja Matic might replace McTominay in midfield, while Edinson Cavani is expected to replace Marcus Rashford in the final third.
Diego Dalot, on the other hand, might miss out after sustaining a severe gash on Monday. Philippe Coutinho may not be good enough to start, although Digne might feature for Aston Villa.
Rangnick has been linked with a midfield diamond, although Van de Beek is unlikely to be included initially despite heightened uncertainty over his future.
Villa Probable Starting Lineup:
Emiliano Martinez; Konsa, Matty Cash, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne; Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey, Morgan Sanson; Emi Buendia, Philippe Coutinho, and Ollie Watkins
Man Utd Probable Starting Lineup:
David De Gea; Harry Maguire, Rafael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alex Telles; Fred, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic; Edison Cavani, and Cristiano Ronaldo
Aston Villa vs Manchester United Score Prediction
Manchester United is unquestionably the favourite to win this soccer match. Based on their achievements under Ralf Rangnick, they would qualify as 6/5 jollies. However, performance levels and important metrics are a much more trustworthy indicator of a team’s overall condition for those looking to stay ahead of the markets. And it does not take a genius to deduce that Man Utd are failing in almost every facet of the game under their new interim manager, Ralf Ragnick.
It’s a bit of a mystery how Aston Villa were knocked out of the FA Cup on Monday at Old Trafford. However, vengeance appears to still be on the horizon at Villa Park. With 5/4 on Steven Gerrard’s side, the no draw bet angle is a secure wager.
Naturally, given the potential of the players in the Manchester United side, their performance levels will skyrocket, rendering such a forecast laughable. However, based on what we have seen from this incredibly uneven and irritating group of players in recent weeks against Norwich, Newcastle, and Burnley, they must be pushed on.
The Red Devils have a solid record at Villa Park. We expect the visitors to find their way to a massive three points here to maintain their top-four hopes.
However, considering Aston Villa’s recent success, with home fans and a good performance in the FA Cup match despite a loss, we are tipping Villa to win 2 – 1 against Manchester United, who continue to struggle under Rangnick.
Date, Time of Kickoff, and Venue
On Saturday, January 15th, 2022, the Premier League Match of Aston Villa against Manchester United begins at 5.30 pm GMT.
Birmingham’s Villa Park will host the event.