Match preview and how to watch Man Utd vs Aston Villa on September 25, 2021
Many players have gained precious playing time in the Old Trafford spotlight, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rotated his entire starting XI for the cup clash on Wednesday. Phil Jones also made a return to the first team for the first time since we met Tranmere Rovers in January 2020.
David De Gea, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Fred were not involved in the squad but are all expected to be fit and shoot ahead of this weekend’s action.
The manager has more or less a full squad to choose from, but Edinson Cavani was left out in midweek. It is still unclear whether our Uruguayan center-forward will be available for selection against Villa.
As for the visitors, Axel Tuanzebe is not eligible to play as he is on loan from United. Leon Bailey is a major doubt after suffering a quad injury in his last league game against Everton. Midfielder Morgan Sanson could miss the trip to Manchester after suffering a hamstring injury in the penalty shootout loss to Chelsea on Wednesday, while winger Trezeguet remains on the sidelines after knee surgery in April . Ex-Red Ashley Young played at Stamford Bridge.
The Reds have a particularly strong record against the visitors on Saturday. In 190 games between the clubs, United won 101, while 40 games ended all games and 49 games went in Villa’s favor.
In fact, we have to go back to December 2009 for our last loss to the Claret-and-Blues, a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford. In the 18 games since that rare defeat, United have scored 14 impressive wins and have drawn just four. The Reds have come out on top in the last three straight games, including that convincing away performance at Villa Park in May, when goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani sealed a 3-1 victory and three points in Premier League.