With the golden opportunity to end up in second place at the end of what promises to be another intense and exciting Premier League Saturday, Manchester United welcome to Old Trafford an Aston Villa side in urgent need of points to escape the relegation zone.
The Red Devils have won their last 4 home games scoring 11 goals and allowing only 2.
Following an extremely important 2-1 win at Anfield Road against old rivals Liverpool, Manchester United now find themselves in a very good position to secure a top four finish in the Premier League and Champions League football for next season, after a year of absence. With 12 wins in their last 14 home games in the league, the Red Devils are looking to keep that excellent form running and get ahead of both Arsenal (face Liverpool this Saturday) and Manchester City (play only next Monday at Crystal Palace) by the end of Saturday. But to achieve that purpose, the Red Devils will need to play to the best of their abilities as they face a renewed and revamped Aston Villa side that seems to have found the ingredients to start playing some good football and winning games.
Another problematic season for Aston Villa ultimately sealed the fate of manager Paul Lambert and saw the beginning of what every Villa fan expects to be a winning era with former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood at the helm. Consistency has been the main problem for Aston Villa and Sherwood is yet to get it solved but things certainly look better now, as the team grabbed 4 wins, 2 of those in the Premier League, in 7 games since he has been named manager. In their tough battle to escape the relegation zone, this is certainly not the best place and opponent that Aston Villa can face, and history proves it, with the Villains having won only one of their last 38 league games against the Red Devils. But with this being said, how significant would it be for this team’s confidence and moral if they actually found a way to grab all three points in this one?
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New manager Tim Sherwood has instilled in every Aston Villa player the confidence and motivation they previously lacked to put up a fight and stay among the best teams in English football. But unless the Red Devils decide to present everybody with another heartless and sloppy performance, reminding us all of their inconsistency, it should be extremely difficult for Aston Villa to even get a point at Old Trafford. Eager to place some extra pressure on all of their rivals, and particularly Manchester City, expect Manchester United to collect the three points against Aston Villa and move a little closer to secure Champions League qualification.
Our Prediction: Manchester United to Win
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