Aston Villa vs Manchester United
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 12 September 2020
Kick-off at12:30 UK/ 13:30 CET
Venue: Craven Cottage (London).
Manchester United take on Aston Villa with a slightly depleted squad, in their only pre-season friendly before they begin the 2020/21 season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Luke Shaw would feature after recovering from injury, though Mason Greenwood, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata are among those unlikely to feature. Fred, Sergio Romero, Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic have also been absent from training.
Aston Villa vs Manchester United: Prediction
Aston Villa will reflect on a season that has been excellent on the whole. A 40 goal turnaround and four straight losses for Celtic could have opened the door for Aberdeen to steal the Scottish League title, but in reality, a victory over Celtic was always the biggest opportunity to cap a good year for a team that has been far better than the “rest of the pack” in 2014-15.
Aberdeen had won four games in a row before losing to Dundee United last weekend. They’ve lost all three games to Celtic previously this season, including a disappointing 4-0 thrashing in February.
They’ll reflect on a game in November, where it took a last minute goal to decide the contest. This is still a serious challenge for the Dons, who have struggled to break down Celtic in all three previous games this season and they’ve not found it much easier to prevent the champions from scoring.
Aston Villa vs Manchester United Team Line-Ups
The starting line-up for Aston Villa was 29 Pepe Reina, 15 Ezri Konsa Ngoyo, 30 Kortney Hause, 40 Tyrone Mings, 3 Neil Taylor, 21 Anwar El Ghazi, 6 Douglas Luiz, 7 John McGinn, 17 Trézéguet, 10 Jack Grealish, 20 Mbwana Samatta. Substitutes: 8 Henri Lansbury, 11 Marvelous Nakamba, 14 Conor Hourihane, 23 Jota, 24 Frederic Guilbert, 25 Örjan Nyland, 27 Ahmed El Mohamady, 36 Indiana Vassilev, 39 Keinan Davis.
The starting line-up for Manchester United was 1 David de Gea, 29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 2 Nilsson-Lindelöf, 5 Harry Maguire, 23 Luke Shaw, 6 Paul Pogba, 31 Nemanja Matic, 26 Mason Greenwood, 18 Bruno Fernandes, 10 Marcus Rashford, 9 Anthony Martial. Substitutes: 3 Eric Bailly, 8 Juan Mata, 15 Andreas Pereira, 17 Fred, 21 Daniel James, 22 Sergio Romero, 25 Odion Ighalo, 39 Scott McTominay, 53 Brandon Williams.