EPL preview 2021-22: Manchester United vs Aston Villa – key stats, H2H, line-ups, Prediction

Cristiano Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard celebrate victory during the Premier League match at Old Trafford
Cristiano Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard celebrate victory during the Premier League match at Old Trafford - IMAGO / PA Images

Manchester United are set to host Dean Smith’s Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Venue: Old Trafford

Key Statistics

  • Manchester United have a perfect track record against Aston Villa, winning 18 of their last 21 home games in the Premier League.
  • Villans haven’t picked only one win against the Red Devils in the last 45 games in the Premier League. The only victory happened at Old Trafford in 2009.
  • United are currently third in the Premier League table with 13 points while Villa are tenth with 7 points

Head to Head (H2H)

United have always had Aston Villa’s number when it comes to the Premier League. Perhaps, United have recorded 36 victories against Villans, the most by any team against a single opponent in the Premier League history. United have won eight of their last ten encounters against Villans, with two games ending in draws.

Recent form

Manchester United ( Premier League): W D W W W

Aston Villa (Premier League): L W D L W

Manchester United 

Manchester United have experienced a great start to their new Premier League season so far with 4 wins and a draw in 5 games.

The Red Devils are also starting to churn out results even in tougher games and the best instance was the 2-1 win against West Ham last week, with Jesse Lingard scoring a late winner.

Cristiano Ronaldo has quickly gelled with his United teammates and has made an excellent start to his second spell at Old Trafford. The Portuguese star’s presence coupled with a great start to the season makes United top contenders for the league title.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s morale must have taken a hit after the EFL Cup elimination against West Ham days ago.

Possible line-up (United):

David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Fred, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Cristiano Ronaldo

Aston Villa

Villa’s post-Jack Grealish era hasn’t started in their desired way after a poor run of results in the Premier League. They have picked up only 2 wins out of 5 games so far.

Like United, Villans could be disappointed with their Carabao Cup exit after losing to Chelsea in the third round in penalties. It remains to be seen whether they would be able to recover from the defeat before the big clash on Saturday.

Leon Bailey has made an instant impact at Villa Park and he was on target in the 3-0 win against Everton last week. However, the Jamaican winger and midfielder Morgan Sanson will be not available for the game against United due to injuries, which comes a huge blow to Dean Smith’s side.

Possible line-up (Aston Villa):

Emiliano Martinez; Ashley Young, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause, Matthew Cash; Douglas Luiz, Marvelous Nakamba, Jacob Ramsey; Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings


Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa