Cristiano Ronaldo is aiming to score for the third Premier League match in a row since re-joining Manchester United today.
Last weekend, Ronaldo scored against West Ham before Jesse Lingard’s late goal and David de Gea’s penalty save earned three points for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at the London Stadium, keeping pace with Chelsea and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.
United were knocked out of the Carabao Cup after West Ham avenged their 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Solskjaer making 11 changes to his side, while Villa’s cup run came to an end after a penalty shootout defeat to Chelsea.
Last weekend, Dean Smith’s side beat Everton 3-0 to earn their second Premier League victory of the season, with Leon Bailey scoring his first goal for the club. Since a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in December 2009, Villa have not beaten United.
Before the match this afternoon, here’s everything you need to know.
When is it going to happen?
On Saturday, September 25, at 12:30 p.m. BST, the match will begin.
What is the best way for me to watch?
Despite the fact that the match has been moved to a lunchtime kick-off, the match will not be broadcast live in the United Kingdom.
The game was originally scheduled for 3 p.m., but was moved due to a concert by The Courteeners at Lancashire Cricket Club, Emirates Old Trafford, on the same day.
As a result, Greater Manchester Police and local transportation services agreed to reschedule the match in order to “avoid significant crowd, traffic, and operational issues.”
The match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge is also set to begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
What’s new with the team?
While Marcus Rashford and Amad Diallo are still out, Edinson Cavani is close to returning and could be available, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have a full squad to choose from.
United manager Jose Mourinho is expected to make another 11 changes to his lineup, reverting to the lineup that started against West Ham last weekend.
Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey is a doubt after injuring his quad last weekend while scoring against Everton. While the forward was replaced as a precaution, he later revealed that it was “nothing serious,” and no return date has been set.
John McGinn is also a doubt after suffering a concussion in the 40th minute against Everton, while Matt Target was forced off with an abductor injury.
Villa are without Keinan Davis and Trezeguet, but Emi Buendia could return after missing the Everton match due to his return from quarantine.
Because Axel Tuanzebe is unable to play against his parent club, Dean Smith may be forced to revert to a back four.
Lineups that could be used
Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, Ramsey; Traore, Buendia, Watkins; Ings
Manchester United: 4/11
Aston Villa: 13/2
Aston Villa have shown this season that they have the pressing and counter-attacking qualities to trouble United, and Dean Smith’s side will be confident of creating chances at Old Trafford. It could come down to which side can be more ruthless in front of goal and the goalscoring form of Ronaldo makes United favourites in what could be a close match. Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa