Villa wear their famous claret and blue, while United sport their ersatz early 90s light blue away strip. Philippe Coutinho has taken a bow, applauding the fans in all four corners of Villa Park. A rare old atmosphere in this famous old stadium, with the hosts looking for their first home victory in the Premier League over United since August 1995. You can’t win anything with kids. We’ll be off in a minute.
United began the week with a victory against the same opponents, but know they will need to put in a much better performance if they are to come away with three points this weekend.
Ralf Rangnick’s side will be looking to bounce back from defeat to Wolves in the league two weeks ago and head into the match buoyed by an incredible record at Villa Park. United are unbeaten in their last 22 away league games against Villa, the longest winless home run one side has had against another in English Football League history.
This one – United’s 101st of the campaign so far – doesn’t beat the first man. United still haven’t scored from a corner kick this season yet.
Dalot strokes a long pass down the left wing where the presence of Elanga forces the first corner of the game. Fernandes takes. Digne’s first act in a Villa shirt is to head behind for another. Fernandes to take again.
Bruno Fernandes’s goal against Aston Villa ⚽️? pic.twitter.com/rKCHAIzqwH
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