Villa Park hosts Aston Villa and Manchester United for the late Sunday kickoff in the Premier League. Both sides are in the hunt for European football this season, needing three points to keep them in the race for the Champions League specifically.
Aston Villa are most likely no longer in the title race and will need a win this weekend to keep their hold on the last Champions League spot. Manchester United, on the other hand, have had a mixed season so far, needing three points to get themselves in the conversation for Champions League football.
Aston Villa currently sit fourth in the Premier League after 23 games. Villa have 14 wins, four draws and five losses, leaving them on 46 points, equal with Manchester City who have two games in hand and three points behind Arsenal.
Villa are one of the most attacking teams in the Premier League this season. In 23 games, Aston Villa have scored 49 goals, giving them an average of 2.13 goals a game. Unai Emery’s men are also keeping up defensively having conceded just 30 goals and keeping six clean sheets.
Manchester United currently sit sixth in the Premier League. In 23 games, United have 12 wins, two draws and nine losses which leaves them on 38 points, six points from Tottenham in fifth and eight points from Aston Villa.
United have severely lacked in front of goal this season. In 23 games, United have scored just 31 goals which ranks them 15th for goals scored this season. However, United are much better defensively, conceding just 32 goals and keeping seven clean sheets.
Aston Villa and Manchester United is a storied fixture, happening on 197 occasions with the first meeting coming back in 1892. United have the far better record in the fixture with 105 wins in comparison to Villa’s 51 wins, with the other 41 games ending in a draw.
The last five games of the fixture have seen three United wins, one Villa win and a draw. However, four out of those five games have seen at least four goals.