History favors the Red Devils at Villa Park, who have not lost any match since 1995, winning 12 and drawing 7 of 19 encounters.
Louis van Gaal will hope to continue this trend as he faces a Villa side without Benteke. Though LVG is still shaping his side, United is the Goliath of this encounter. With new additions like Memphis Depay, Schneiderlin, Darmian and Schweinsteiger to bring experience to that midfield, it should be cake walk for the Devils.
United will be without De Gea, who according to van Gaal is unsettled amidst interest from Madrid. Sergio Romero was outstanding against Tottenham and will be preferred in goal.
That is the least of their problems though, as their defense is not solid at the moment and can’t cope with the fast paced football, united is likely to play. With Rooney up front, they have a goalscorer, but the arrival of Pedro will be good for the captain.
While United won their opener thanks to an own goal, Villa ruined Bournemouth’s league debut thanks to a Gestede debut goal.
Micah Richards will also feature for Villa and has been on the winning side against Manchester United five times in his career. With Richards anticipating the encounter, he might be the game changer Villa needs.
Richards told Villa’s official website: “Obviously playing at City for so long, games against United were the big ones for me. You relished facing them for bragging rights in the city. I’m sure it’s the same when Villa play Birmingham City – you have to win these matches.
“Now I’m delighted to be at Villa but my affinity to this fixture is still strong. They’ll always be special games to me, coming up against United.
“I can’t wait for this first one at Villa. I wish the game was right now.”
Sherwood is without attacking duo Gil and Grealish, struggling with hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.