Man Utd vs ASTON VILLA – PREVIEW

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Smith has helped Hourihane improve his game

Aston Villa makes a trip up the M6 to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League tomorrow afternoon. Villa will be hoping to exploit Man Utd during a time of uncertainty for manager Ole Gunner Solsjkaer.

Villa boss Dean Smith signed a new four-year deal this week and will be hoping to guide his side to victory against a side we have generally struggled against. Although this isn’t the Man Utd that they once were. I feel that there will be no better time to try and take something from Old Trafford.

The problem for Villa is Man Utd are better at home than they are away. They have lost just once at Old Trafford this season. It doesn’t get much better for the boys in Claret and Blue either when you look at our away record. Just the one win on the road in six attempts give us the worst away record in the Premier League.

Man Utd has won 67% of their points and scoring 58% of their goals at home this season. Where Villa have conceded 65% of their goals while on the road. You could pick up odds of an Aston Villa win of 7.75 with Premier League betting while Man Utd are 1.5.

Let’s hope that Smith’s new deal can give the players a boost as we attempt to pick up our second win of the season.

TEAM NEWS

Aston Villa could welcome Bjorn Engels back to the matchday squad. The defender missed the win over Newcastle with Smith saying he wasn’t 100% and he didn’t want to rush him back.

Jota has returned to training after an operation on his groin but it is thought he won’t be risked against Man Utd. Keenan Davis and Jed Steer remain long term casualties.

Man Utd will still be without Paul Pogba. The French World Cup winner has returned to training but he isn’t expected back until United take on Tottenham next week.

Eric Baily, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Diogo Dalot will also miss out.

HEAD TO HEAD

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Kick-Off: 16.30
Tickets: Sold out
Referee: Craig Pawson
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