Fourth place Manchester United welcomes sixth place Aston Villa to Old Trafford this Sunday and it is set to be an important game for the Champions League race. Here is everything you should know about this crucial fixture.
Aston Villa are only six points behind Manchester United and a win this weekend could bring them only one victory away from a Champions League place. However United have two games in hand meaning that if Aston Villa loses this game, they can say goodbye to their Champions League hopes.
When is Manchester United v Aston Villa?
The game will be played on Sunday the 30th of April at Old Trafford. Kickoff will take place at 2pm.
How can I watch Manchester United v Aston Villa?
Unfortunately it will not be live on TV for Irish and British viewers as it hasn't been selected to broadcast, with Fulham v Man City clashing with it
In the Premier League Erik Ten Hag's Manchester United are undefeated in four games. Their latest result was a 2-2 draw with Tottenham. They are currently fourth in the league two points behind Newcastle but they still have one game in hand. It is crucial that Manchester United win this game against Aston Villa as it will give them a massive boost towards the end of the season. In Europe they has a terrible finish to their campaign. They got knocked out by Sevilla. Despite a 2-2 home draw at Old Trafford, they completely collapsed in Spain loosing 3-0. In the FA Cup they managed to beat Brighton on penalties to secure themselves a ticket for the final against their rivals Manchester City.
THE DRAMA 🤯@vlindelof sends @ManUtd to the FA Cup Final after an incredible penalty-shootout!#EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/zrQGpwcEnS
— Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) April 23, 2023
A long list of injured players will hurt them this weekend. A Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Scott McTominay are sure to be out. Alejandro Garnacho and Harry Maguire remains doubtful after sustaining a knock.
Unai Emery's Aston Villa are in tremendous form. They are undefeated in ten games. By winning most of their recent games they have soared up the table. They are now sixth and pushing for a Champions League spot. If they still want their hopes of finishing in the top four to be alive, a win at Old Trafford is more than needed. Emery's first game as Aston Villa coach was a win over Manchester United 3-1 at Villa Park.
FT: Aston Villa 3-1 Man United
Unai Emery has returned 😏 pic.twitter.com/gLWBBZIGiJ
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) November 6, 2022
Just like United, Aston Villa have a few key players injured. Star players like Philippe Coutinho, Leon Bailey and Matty Cash are all unavailable. Alongside them Boubacar Kamara remains unfit.
It will be a crucial game for the Champions League race in which both teams cannot afford to lose. The two teams will play at their best and it is a very promising and exciting game that's awaiting us on Sunday.