Match Preview: Aston Villa vs. Manchester United
This weekend Aston Villa will be hoping to defeat Manchester United at Villa Park for the fourth season in a row. The last three times that the teams have met in Birmingham have resulted in draws, Manchester United have not won there since October 2007.
Jermaine Jenas and Barry Bannan have returned to Villa’s starting line-up since# playing in the match against Swansea City last Sunday. They have been absent recently due to injuries and suspension respectively. Alex McLeish, the Villa manager, said that “It augurs well to have those two back and we now have food for thought for next week. It was great to see Jermaine back in and great to see him out on the pitch in the second half. Barry came on too and looked dangerous, playing just off the midfield. He was playing passes, penetrating ones into the strikers. We want to build on that kind of delivery to the strikers.”
Villa’s fans have been frustrated by the style of football McLeish uses however; he could win them over if they manage a win against Manchester United. United have responded well to their 6 – 1 defeat to Manchester City and their defensive problems seem to have been solved. There has been a drastic improvement in their play since Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand reunited at the back.
Both Rooney and Hernandez are back in form and scoring strongly which means things will not be so easy for Villa. However, United are slightly vulnerable having drawn in matches against Benfica and Newcastle both of which they should have won.
McLeish will be hoping that Villa can take advantage of this vulnerability and win the match this weekend allowing them to move into the top half of the Premier League table.