This is a quick rematch between these two clubs after their FA Cup game on Monday. Aston Villa are down to 14th in the table and host Manchester United who are in seventh place in the Premier League. Villa had plenty of chances in that FA Cup tie but ended up losing 1-0. They are a healthy 11 points above the bottom three and shouldn't have any relegation problems this season. Villa are nine points behind their opponents and seventh place could yet qualify a side for European football next season. A loss to United here would probably end those faint hopes. Villa have lost their last three games and are beginning to become a side that puts in a good performance but aren't getting the results they probably deserve. Four home league games played since they changed coach have produced two wins and two defeats. The losses were against Manchester City and Chelsea though. Five of their last six home league games have seen both teams score.
Manchester United made it to the fourth round of the FA Cup but still didn't impress. They did play a weakened line-up and players such as Ronaldo and Maguire are likely to return for this game. That doesn't always guarantee a good performance though. They are four points off fourth place, but that will grow to six if West Ham get a win over Norwich on January 12 but United would have two games in hand. They had gone six Premier League games without defeat before losing 1-0 at home to Wolves. Away league form has seen United win just one of the last four and that was at bottom-of-the-table Norwich City. The other three game produced two draws and a loss at Watford. Five of the last seven on the road have seen both teams score. Go for that stat to come up in this match.