When Manchester United travels to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday, they will be looking to make it four straight wins in all competitions.
The Red Devils are currently fifth in the standings with 23 points, one point behind fourth-place Newcastle United, while Villa are currently in 16th place, one point outside the relegation zone after a poor start.
On Friday, Unai Emery was formally introduced as Villa’s new head coach. This marks the Spaniard’s return to the Premier League after a brief stint at Arsenal from May 2018 to November 2019.
Though Villa has struggled this season, winning three, drawing three, and losing seven of its 13 Premier League games to sit in 16th place in the league, the seasoned head coach will be mindful of the scale of the job he has taken on.
Amazingly, Villa hasn’t defeated Man United at Villa Park since October 1999, and their last home league victory over the 20-time English champions was back in August 1995. Villa will play Man United again in the EFL Cup on Thursday.
The Red Devils’ 2022–23 Premier League season began with losses to Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion, but since then, they have won seven, drawn twice, and lost just once in the league.
They now sit in fifth position in the standings with a record of 23 points from 12 games, one point behind fourth-place Newcastle and three behind third-place Tottenham Hotspur, and one game remaining against both of the teams above them.
Last weekend, Ten Hag’s team defeated West Ham United 1-0 in the league thanks to Marcus Rashford’s 100th goal for the team. On Thursday, Ten Hag’s team defeated Real Sociedad 1-0 in the Europa League thanks to Alejandro Garnacho’s debut senior goal.
But because Man United placed second in their Europa League division, they will have to compete in a two-legged playoff in February to find out if they will advance to the competition’s last-16 round.