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Match Preview & Prediction: Aston Villa vs Manchester United by @ph3my

New signing Darmian was the man of the match in his EPL debut at Old Trafford last weekend

Manchester United will be looking for an early season momentum against Aston Villa as they look to build on their 1-0 winning start over Spurs.

It wasn’t a great united performance in the opening weekend that had some shocks with West Ham United away win over Arsenal at the Emirates and Swansea city 2-2 draw at the home of the Champions.

United can also draw comfort from a confident and encouraging performance of Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romeo who is expected to keep his place ahead of unsettled David de Gea.
This fixture will be the first Barclays Premier League match to take place on a Friday night (excluding festive fixtures) in well over a decade.

Benin striker Rudy Gestede scored in his EPL debut for Aston Villa at Bournemouth.
The Red devils do not have to worry about Christian Benteke who scored a wonder goal in last season’s fixture, but they now have Benin international Rudy Gestede who scored the winner at Bournemouth last weekend. Gestede will pose a serious threat to United’s defence, especially in aerial duels and I expect Villa manager Tim Sherwood to reinforce the midfield with the inclusion of Carlos Sanchez and an unchanged back four marshaled by the rejuvenated Micah Richards.

Louis Van Gaal could name an unchanged team as Marouane Fellaini is still suspended, while Schweinsteiger could also continue from the bench as he regains match fitness and sharpness.

Darmian is expected to keep his right-back spot, while Marcos Rojo could step in place of Daley Blind to partner Chris Smalling, but Romero is expected to keep out David de Gea following an impressive debut against Spurs.

United haven’t lost at Villa Park since 1995, and must maintain this impressive record at Villa Park to be considered as title challengers their and put pressure on their rivals. They will need the creativity of Rooney, Memphis & co to come away with three points as City, Chelsea and Arsenal all have tricky weekend fixtures.

Manchester United have won only six out of eighteen away games last season. I expect a very difficult game as most away games will be this season, but if they fly out of the blocks, get Memphis on the wings and Mata in the hole behind Rooney they can win this one comfortably. 

Prediction:  DRAW

Written by @ph3my

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