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Venue: Villa Park Date: Friday, 14 August
Aston Villa’s Rudy Gestede may have to settle for a place on the bench against Manchester United on Friday despite his debut winner at Bournemouth.
Jack Grealish and Carles Gil are back in training but not fit enough to play.
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini continues his suspension carried over from last season, while Phil Jones is out with mild thrombosis.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is pushing for a first start after making his debut as a substitute on the opening day.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
“Having both started with 1-0 victories on the opening day, we may discover more about the new-look teams after this one.
“Villa simply have to improve their home record this season. They have to believe they can alter their record against Manchester United in recent times in the process. For some reason it’s always been a ground where United have always done well.
“They’ll want that to continue as they try to give themselves an early-season foundation to build on and stay as close as possible to the leaders. It will be intriguing to see how quickly the new faces on both sides can gel.”
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood:
“Some of these foreign boys we’ve gone for are better than the English ones. They have played a lot more games at a very young age. You look at the English boys, they’ve played five games and cost a mountain.
“We fancy ourselves against any team. You have to have that mindset.”
- Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 19 league matches at Villa Park since a 3-1 defeat on the opening day of the 1995-96 season (W12, D7).
- Aston Villa’s most recent home win against United in any competition was by a 3-0 scoreline in the League Cup in October 1999.
- Villa’s only victory in 39 league games against Manchester United came courtesy of Gabby Agbonlahor’s headed goal at Old Trafford in December 2009.
- United have won eight and drawn one of the last nine meetings home and away, scoring 25 goals and conceding only six.
- Villa won five of their Premier League home games last season – only Sunderland and relegated Burnley fared worse.
- They have lost 34 of their 70 league games at Villa Park since December 2011, winning on just 17 occasions and averaging exactly one point per match during that period (W17, D19, L34, Pts 70).
- The Villans have fared slightly better under Tim Sherwood, taking 10 points from seven home games (W3, D1, L3).
- Villa have not won their opening two games of a Premier League season since 1999-00.
- Rudy Gestede has scored 20 league goals with his head since August 2013, more than anyone else in the top four divisions.
- They last started a season with consecutive league victories in 2011, when they went on to take maximum points from the first five games.
- United only had one shot on target in the opening round of fixtures, the lowest tally by any Premier League team.
- The Red Devils are unbeaten in 14 top-flight matches played on a Friday since a 3-0 defeat at Bolton in December 1978.
- Wayne Rooney has scored 13 Premier League goals against Villa, more than against any other club. However, he has failed to score in his last six league appearances at Villa Park.
- Ashley Young made 193 appearances for Aston Villa, scoring 39 goals, between January 2007 and May 2011.
Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Aston Villa v Manchester United