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Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is fast running out of time to save Manchester United’s slump and things could come to a head against Aston Villa on Sunday.


Premier League 2019/2020 season

Date: Sunday 1st December
Kick-off: 16:30
Venue: Old Trafford
TV Channel: Sky Sports

Manchester United put in another patchy performance to draw 3-3 with Sheffield United last weekend, and could have counted themselves lucky to have secured the point even. Sheffield led up until the 77th minute and were only left chasing the game by a seven-minute blitz from their opponents.

In midweek, it was the same old story as Solksjaer saw a very youthful team he sent out for their UEFA Europa League clash versus Astana beaten in Kazakhstan. But he will have a fresh team for this encounter having made eleven changes to the team that played versus Sheffield for that game.

The Red Devils will also have the comfort of home advantage here, and they have looked spirited in front of their fans, having lost just one game here all season (versus Crystal Palace) and have won their last two here, scoring six goals.

But Solksjaer knows failure to secure a fifth league victory over the Villans could swiftly see the faithfuls turn on him and ultimately, call for his head.

Their opposition Aston Villa are brimming with confidence after securing their fourth league win against Newcastle on Monday and will go all out to cause an upset in Manchester.

However, Dean Smith’s side are without a win in their last 14 matches against United and could be in for another long afternoon at Old Trafford.

Team news

Manchester United

Phil Jones was taken off at half time after a below par performance at Bramall Lane last weekend, and might not feature here.

Aside him, Solksjaer could name the same starting XI that secured the 3-3 draw in their last league game.

Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe made their return from injuries against Astana and are pushing for starts here.

Aston Villa

Dean Smith has no new injury worries aside the unavailability of Jed Steer and Keinan Davies.

Otherwise, there could be little need to tinker with the side that beat Newcastle last time out.

Head to head

In 186 previous meetings, Manchester United’s supremacy can’t be starker. They have won 98 of those clashes to Villa’s 49.

The hosts have won 11 of the last 13 games, in this head to head survey.

Match stats

Manchester United have been winning at both half time and full
time in their last six home games versus Aston Villa in all competitions.

Aston Villa have lost five of their last six away league games.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Aston Villa’s last four away games in the Premier League.

Team form

Manchester United’s progress has been stunted by results such like the draw at Bramall lane while the latest loss to Astana served as an audition for the club’s academy graduates.

However, they remain unbeaten in their last four league games here and that should set them up nicely for this one. Manchester United’s last five games in all competitions (LWWDL)

Aston Villa have done well when facing teams in the bottom half of the table, beating Everton, Norwich, Brighton and now lately Newcastle, but there remains a big question mark when squaring up against those in the top ten. Aston Villa’s last five games in all competitions (LWLLW)

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