Manchester United face a tricky test against Aston Villa on Thursday as the race for top four intensifies in the premier league.

The fixture is a must win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men after Chelsea picked a 3-2 over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and Leicester City played out a 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

Aston Villa also need the win to help their fight against relegation especially after Watford defeated Norwich 2-1. It will be a fascinating feature for both sides and against the scintillating Red Devils, Villa will need to be at their best to get a result.

Head-to-Head

Both teams have met 49 times with Manchester United winning 34, Aston Villa winning 3 and 12 draws in the fixture. The reverse fixture at Old Trafford ended 2-2 and Villa can draw inspiration from that performance and give United a real game.

Team News

Tyrone Mings is expected to shake off a knock on his calf but Villa will be without Tom Heaton, Matt Targett and Wesley while Bjorn Engels is rated doubtful with an Achilles problem.

Victor Lindelof is a huge doubt for the encounter after he went out on 45minutes during the 5-2 demolition of Bournemouth at Old Trafford.

Ivorian international, Eric Bailly is expected to replace the Swedish defender if he doesn’t recover in time for the match. Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones remain sidelined due to injury. However, Youth-team skipper Teden Mengi has been training with the senior squad incase they need cover in defense.

Key Battles

Jack Grealish vs Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Grealish scored a wonder goal last time both sides met at Old Trafford and he is strongly linked with a summer move to Manchester United. He is currently the most fouled player in the premier league and will be up against one of the most toughest defenders to dribble past, Wan-Bissaka at Villa Park.

Douglas Luiz vs Bruno Fernandes

Douglas Luiz will have his hands full against Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese have helped transformed United into an attacking force and they are unbeaten in 15 matches. Bruno scored one and created another against Bournemouth and will hope to continue from where he stopped as the Red Devils seek UEFA Champions League qualification for next season.

Probable XI

Aston Villa:Pepe Reina; Mings, Taylor, Ngoyo, El Mohamady; Luiz, McGinn, Nakamba, Trézéguet, Grealish, Samatta.

Man United: De Gea; Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Bailey; Matic, Pogba, Bruno; Rashford, Martial, Greenwood.

Prediction

Aston 0-4 Man United

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