Manchester United host Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday at lunchtime seeking a win to keep pace with Chelsea and Liverpool at the top of the table. The Red Devils have taken 13 points from 15 this season, but sit in third place thanks to goal difference. Aston Villa are aiming for a first win at Old Trafford since 2009-10.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa Match Preview

The teams were originally set to kick off at 3pm on Saturday. However, the game was pushed forward to 12:30pm due to Trafford Council Safety Advisory Group claiming safety concerns for fans being a problem. Manchester rock band The Courteeners play a concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in the evening, forcing the Red Devils and Villains to play earlier in the day.

Both Manchester United and Aston Villa played in midweek in the Carabao Cup third round. Manchester United lost 1-0 to West Ham at home. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back-up XI looked well off the pace and short on ideas. It was a team that included Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard.

Aston Villa drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. However, they lost on penalties 4-3. Since returning to the Premier League in 2019, Aston Villa have failed to win against Manchester United losing three games and drawing once.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa Betting Odds

 

 

Despite the midweek loss, leading bookies have Manchester United as the favourite to win the match on Saturday at lunchtime. The Red Devils are at the best betting odds of 2/5 to claim a victory against Aston Villa for the fourth time in their last five Premier League meetings. Last season, Manchester United won at Old Trafford 2-1. Solskjaer’s team scored through Anthony Martial and a Bruno Fernandes penalty on either side of a Bertrand Traore goal for Aston Villa.

 

Aston Villa go into the game with the best betting odds of 7/1 to win at full-time. Aston Villa’s last win against Manchester United was in 2009-10 in the league at Old Trafford. The Villains did claim a 2-2 Premier League draw at Villa Park in 2019-20 with Jack Grealish and Tyone Mings scoring on either side of an own goal and Victor Lindelof goal for Manchester United.

The Premier League rivals are at the best betting odds of 17/4 to draw at full-time. The Red Devils have won three straight league matches against Aston Villa. Manchester United have collected six points from six at home this season scoring nine goals and allowing two. Aston Villa should give them a stronger game than either Leeds or Newcastle did. The Villains are winless on the road with zero points from six, however.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa Team News

Solskjaer will bring the team’s main XI back into the side. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the team to lead the attack. He will be supported by Fernandes and Paul Pogba. Jadon Sancho continued to disappoint after his big money move from Borussia Dortmund in midweek. He could start in attack as well.

The Manchester United manager will be without Marcus Rashford as the forward continues to recover from shoulder surgery. Amad Diallo remains sidelined with a thigh muscle injury. Edinson Cavani is a doubt to play. He missed the midweek game. Mason Greenwood should start on one of the wings for Manchester United. He came on in the Carabao Cup match versus West Ham along with Fernandes.

Dean Smith has up to seven players who could miss the game on Saturday at Old Trafford. Defender Axel Tuanzebe is ruled out and cannot face his parent club. Trezeguet is ruled out with a knee injury. Keinan Davis and Morgan Sansone are both ruled out with long-term injuries. John McGinn and Leon Bailey are fighting to get fit ahead of the match. Bailey is the biggest doubt of the duo due to a thigh injury.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa H2H

Manchester United have won three straight league games against Aston Villa. All three of those games finished with over 2.5 goals. Their games last season ended with both teams scoring goals and bagging more than 2.5 goals.

Aston Villa have lost both of their away matches in the league this season. They have been outscored 6-2 by opponents on the road. The Villains conceded three goals in each of their two losses against Watford and Crystal Palace. This Aston Villa team is a bit of an enigma.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 5/6 - BET NOW

 

 

Last season’s games between Manchester United and Aston Villa finished with both teams scoring goals in two close affairs. The Red Devils came out on top of those games with wins. Five of Manchester United’s seven games in all competitions have finished with both teams scoring goals this season. Our betting tips prediction is for both sides to get on the scoresheet.

 

Over 2.5 goals @ 6/10 - BET NOW

 

 

Four of Manchester United’s seven games in all competitions have ended with over 2.5 goals. Likewise, four of Aston Villa’s seven games in all competitions ended with more than 2.5 goals scored. Since Aston Villa returned to the Premier League, these sides have combined for over 2.5 goals in each of their four meetings. Our betting tips prediction is to back over 2.5 goals once more.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime @ 4/6 - BET NOW

 

 

Manchester United are already showing a reliance on Cristiano Ronaldo to score goals. Ronaldo has scored three goals in two league games and four goals in three appearances in all competitions since coming back to the team.

 

In midweek, Manchester United looked clueless with Ronaldo not in the team against West Ham in the Carabao Cup. Ronaldo has over 50% of Man United’s goals since returning to the team.

Our betting tips prediction is for Ronaldo to score and paper over the cracks at Old Trafford this season. Manchester United should squeeze out a win against an Aston Villa team that has not won on the road this term.