Unbeaten in 9 league games now, Manchester United will be put to the test once again in what will be their first match in 2021 as a high-flying Aston Villa pay Old Trafford a visit on Friday Night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will find motivation in the prospect of going level with Liverpool at the top, with goal difference the only likely differential, if they do win against Aston Villa on New Year’s.
The match is far from a foregone conclusion at this point though, with Villa coming into the match with their own unbeaten streak of 5 league games, their longest this season.
Dean Smith has worked his magic, making Aston Villa a defensive powerhouse at the base, which is evidenced by the fact that they have conceded the second least number of goals (14) this season, averaging just 1 per game.
Villa also have a considerably greater goal difference (+14) compared to the Red Devils (+8) and will have their own aim in mind – a potential re-entry into the top four depending on other results.
Their last visit to Old Trafford ended in a 2-2 draw, with Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings starring for the away side.
Man Utd XI (4-1-2-1-2): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Bailly, Shaw, Fred, Pogba, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial
Aston Villa XI (4-2-3-1): Martínez, Cash, Konsa, Ming, Targett, McGinn, Luiz, Traoré, Grealish, El Ghazi, Watkins
Kick off is at 21:00 (GMT +1).
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