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Aston Villa vs Man Utd: Predictions
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer broke his semi-final hoodoo on Thursday night, comfortably humbling Roma 8-5 on aggregate to reach the Europa League final, but attention must quickly return to domestic matters, with a crunch Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Sunday in the West Midlands.
The Red Devils return to Premier League action after an anti-Glazer protest halted their derby with Liverpool last week, with the contest suspended after fans entered Old Trafford and assembled on the pitch in a demonstration against the ownership of the club.
Football wise, Man Utd have all but sealed Champions League football for next season, but will want to strengthen their grip on the runners-up position and keep momentum going as they prepare for a Europa League final against Villarreal at the Arena Gdansk in Poland later this month.
Aston Villa meanwhile know that seventh will likely be enough to seal European football next season and they remain just six points adrift of what will probably be a Europa Conference League spot, so they will want to finish the campaign with vigour to give themselves an outside chance of sneaking in.
Aston Villa vs Man Utd: Match Stats
Man Utd have been pretty much all-conquering in this fixture since the Premier League’s inception in 1992; Villa, in fact, have collected just one win in their last 44 games against Man Utd in the competition (32 losses, 11 draws), and are winless in their last 16 against them.
So, the stage is set perfectly for Bruno Fernandes, Man Utd’s talisman and trusty difference-maker, with the Portuguese playmaker bagging in both of his Premier League games against Villa. Granted, both strikes came via the penalty spot, but both ended up being the winning goals.
01 Jan 2021 – Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa – Premier League
09 Jul 2020 – Aston Villa 0-3 Man Utd – Premier League
01 Dec 2019 – Man Utd 2-2 Aston Villa – Premier League
16 Apr 2016 – Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa – Premier League
14 Aug 2015 – Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd – Premier League
You would have to cast your mind back to December 2009 for Villa’s last victory against Man Utd, going winless in the ensuing 16 matches to date. That 1-0 triumph against Sir Alex Ferguson’s men at Old Trafford came during the Martin O’Neill era, in which Villa finished sixth that season, and Gabriel Agbonlahor settled the score in the 21st minute. In fact, Villa went unbeaten against the club that campaign, drawing the home fixture 1-1 and a James Collins own goal gifting the Red Devils a point, meaning not a single Man Utd player netted against the Villans in 2009/10.