Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has indicated that his side will travel to Manchester United with every intention of causing an upset and delaying their opponents' title celebrations.

Following Manchester City's loss at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, Sir Alex Ferguson's side can now clinch their 20<sup>th league title with a win over the relegation-threatened Villians on Monday evening.

But Lambert has assured fans that his side are not merely at Old Trafford to make up the numbers, insisting they are there with the task of securing their own Premier League survival at the top of their priority list.

Christian Benteke
Lambert will be hoping PFA Young Player of the Year candidate Christian Benteke can delay United's title party. (Reuters) Reuters

"We will go there and make a good game of it," the Villa manager told the club's official website. "We don't want to go up there and just up the numbers. We'll go up there and try to win the game.

"We are playing well enough to go and try to win games. This one will be exceptionally hard. But anything can happen on any given day in one-off game."

While at one point Lambert's side had looked odds on to suffer relegation to the Championship, Villa have enjoyed a somewhat resurgent run of form which has seen them climb out of the relegation zone at the expense of Wigan Athletic.

Three wins and a draw from their last five league games has ensured Villa's young side may earn themselves a reprieve after a dismal first half of the campaign. Lambert acknowledges the task at hand is no easy one, but sees no reason why his side cannot mount a challenge and spoil what many are expecting to be a party atmosphere at Old Trafford this evening.

"They [United] have a fabulous side, a team which is very, very good. You have seen it a million times - teams not expecting to get anything end up winning," he added.

"We've been to the Emirates and played really well and at Anfield we played really well. I don't think they'll be nervy about it. I think they'll go to enjoy it."

A win tonight for United would pave way for a possible guard of honour in their following game - a trip to the Emirates to take on Robin van Persie's former employers Arsenal.