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Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United could win the league Getty

Manchester United will take on Aston Villa in the weekend Premier League clash at Villa Park on Saturday.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is at 3pm GMT. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights of the match on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:20pm GMT.


Villa come into this game after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion away from home. The loss was their first in the last five league matches. However, their league form is a matter of worry for manager Paul Lambert.

The hosts have managed only two wins after registering a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield in September. Since then, Villa have lost seven matches in the league and their poor form has seen them sit in the bottom half of the table.

Juan Mata and Ander Herrera
Mata says his partnership with Herrera could be devastating. Getty

Meanwhile, United extended their winning streak to six matches after goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie helped the 20-times English champions seal a victory over Liverpool.

In the last six matches, United have kept three clean sheets and conceded only three goals, while scoring 13 goals in the process. They now sit third in the league table with 31 points from 16 games, while Villa are 13<sup>th with 19 points.

What Managers Say

Paul Lambert: "There's a few out," he said. "But I am not going to sit here and be negative about it. I have total belief that we will go out there and try to win a game of football. Fabian is coming back into the fray, Ron is back as well. We have got players who can hurt teams as well, that's for sure. The team I pick will be strong. We will go and try to win."

Betting Odds (

  • Aston Villa to win: 21/4
  • Draw: 31/10
  • Manchester United to win: 4/7

Team Form

Aston Villa

  • Last Five (all competitions): D D W W L
  • Last Result: West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Aston Villa

Manchester United

  • Last Five (all competitions): W W W W W
  • Last Result: Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool

Team News

Christian Benteke
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will be the key man for Paul Lambert against Manchester United. Reuters

Aston Villa

  • Injured: Nathan Baker (knee), Joe Cole (hamstring), Libor Kozak (broken leg), Philippe Senderos (calf) and Ashley Westwood (knee), Tom Cleverley (ineligible)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Kieran Richardson, Alan Hutton

Possible XI: Guzan; Lowton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho; Sanchez, Delph, N'Zogbia; Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke

Manchester United

  • Injured: Chris Smalling (groin), Luke Shaw (ankle), Daley Blind (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Evans, Young; Carrick, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney; van Persie, Falcao