MUN vs AVL Dream11: Manchester United welcome Aston Villa to the Theatre of Dreams for another matchday in the Premier League. Both teams have been in stunning form of late with United unbeaten in the league since losing to Arsenal on the 1st of November. They have since gone on an impressive run, winning 8 of their last 10 games and drawing 2 against Manchester City and Leicester. They are now second in the table, just 3 points behind Liverpool and have a game in hand. Aston Villa has shocked the league with their performances after narrowly escaping relegation last season. They have produced impressive results, thrashing Liverpool 7-2, beating Arsenal 3-0 and drawing 1-1 with Chelsea. Their players are in excellent form and are 5th in the Premier League table, above Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal. They will look to further rise through the ranks with a win against United and potentially enter the top 3.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa, Premier League
2nd January, 1:30 am (IST)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United – WWWDW
Aston Villa – WDWWD
Head-to-head (last five meetings):
Manchester United – 4
Draws – 1
Aston Villa – 0
Last meeting: Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United (Premier League, 9th July 2020)
A) Manchester United Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces no fresh injuries with Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo continuing to miss out.
Doubtful: Victor Lindelof is still a doubt for the MUN vs AVL Dream11 Prediction after missing the game against Wolves.
Expected changes: David De Gea continues to start in goal with Luke Shaw replacing Alex Telles at left-back. Eric Bailly has been quite impressive and will partner Harry Maguire in defence. Fred and Scott McTominay were both rested for the game against Wolves and should make their way back into the lineup. Bruno Fernandes has proven to be crucial and will be the first name on the team sheet, along with Wolves match-winner Marcus Rashford. Anthony Martial should get the nod ahead of Edinson Cavani up front.
Manchester United Starting XI (probable):
David De Gea (GK)
B) Aston Villa Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Wesley Moraes and Trezeguet are the only absentees for Aston Villa’s trip to Manchester.
Doubtful: Dean Smith has no doubtful players for this fixture.
Expected changes: Aston Villa may field the same side that drew to Chelsea with a couple of doubtful changes. Emiliano Martinez should continue in goal with Tyrone Mings set to return from suspension which means Ezri Konsa will drop out of the lineup. John McGinn and Douglas Luiz will look to continue their excellent form, playing in a double pivot. Ross Barkley is fit to return but Bertrand Traore’s impressive form could see the Burkina Faso international keep his spot. Man United target, Jack Grealish, will keep his place along with the in-form, Olli Watkins and Anwar El-Ghazi.
Aston Villa Starting XI (probable):
Emiliano Martinez (GK)
MUN vs AVL Today Match Prediction:
Bet365: Manchester United – 7/10; Aston Villa – 10/3
SkyBet: Manchester United – 7/10; Aston Villa – 7/2
The MUN vs AVL Today Match Prediction will be a very interesting one to watch as both sides have top players that are in very good form. It might become a case of which team scores more and we might be in for a goal-fest at Old Trafford. This tie will also be a very important one in terms of significance to the league table. Manchester United will want to capitalise on Liverpool’s back-to-back draws to West Brom and Newcastle United. Whereas Aston Villa is just out to make a statement and hopefully qualify for European competition and will take the game to United.
Bruno Fernandes –
Goals/Assists – 14/9
Chances created – 70
Accurate crosses – 31
One of the most in-form players in the world right now, Bruno Fernandes has been the key to Manchester United’s form this year. Fernandes has the capabilities of producing the spectacular even on his off days which makes him a very crucial figure in this United squad.
Jack Grealish –
Goals/Assists – 5/6
Chances created – 57
Successful dribbles – 43
One of the most sought-after players, Jack Grealish is definitely living up to the hype. A dynamic dribbler with a keen eye, he has proven to be a nuisance to defenders all season and Manchester United’s backline will be no difference. The stat that highlights how dangerous he has been, is that Jack Grealish was the most fouled Premier League player in 2020.
Marcus Rashford –
Goals/Assists – 14/8
Successful dribbles – 59
Chances created – 31
Marcus Rashford’s late, late winner against Wolves came as a huge relief to the United faithful and as a lot of defenders have testified, the Englishman is very difficult to play against. His skill on the ball and his impeccable dribbling will be enough to keep the Villa defence on their toes.
Anwar El-Ghazi –
Goals (Starts) – 5 (4)
Successful dribbles (Success %) – 15 (79%)
Chances created – 10
Aston Villa’s man of the moment, Anwar El-Ghazi has been in tremendous form with 5 goals in his last 5 appearances. He also picked up crucial goals like the late winner against Wolves and the equalizing goal against Chelsea. El-Ghazi’s man of the match performances against Crystal Palace and West Brom saw Villa cruise past those sides.
Mason Greenwood –
Pass Accuracy – 85%
Successful dribbles (Success %) – 15 (62%)
Chances created – 7
The youngster has yet to hit his heights of last season but writing him off could be a grave mistake by the Villans. Mason Greenwood has that air of unpredictability about him and is equally good with both feet which have helped him with a lot of goals this season.
Ollie Watkins –
Chances created – 20
Successful dribbles – 17
Shots on target – 16
New signing from Brentford, Ollie Watkins, has had an excellent impact on the side. He is now a reliable source of goals for Villa, something that they lacked last season. Although he hasn’t scored since November, the fact that his goals have come against the bigger sides like Liverpool (hattrick) and Arsenal (brace), will be worrisome to United.