Now that the last international break of the season has passed, Manchester United can get back into action with a visit from Aston Villa this weekend.
Man United’s previous two games in the Premier League couldn’t have gone much better against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool so Louis van Gaal‘s side will be coming into the game with sky high confidence.
The win over Spurs was the most convincing performance for the full 90 minutes which United have put in all season and to follow that up with a dominant win at Anfield, a place United have struggled so badly in recent memory, was the perfect result.
In that sense, the international break was terribly timed from United’s perspective because it took some of the momentum out of the team but going into the game on Saturday, there will still be lots of confidence in the side, least not because of an impressive international break for lots of the squad.
Marouane Fellaini scored three goals in two games for Belgium as did Radamel Falcao for Colombia, while Daley Blind enjoyed a 2-0 victory over David de Gea‘s Spain. The likes of Angel di Maria, Wayne Rooney and Marcos Rojo were all in action as well, with varied results.
United may have come away from tough games against Spurs and Liverpool with six points but those excellent results will be tainted if van Gaal’s side can’t beat Villa at Old Trafford.
Manchester United team news
Chris Smalling is a doubt for the game with illness following England’s friendly with Italy while Robin van Persie has been ruled out for the Villa game. Luke Shaw has trained with the first-team for a week and could be involved in the match day squad.
Aston Villa team news
Villa have plenty of injury problems ahead of Saturday and at one stage this week there were 11 players who were doubtful to be involved. Things may have improved towards the latter part of the week but Tim Sherwood has a tough task on his hands.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Prediction
United come into this game with the confidence of beating Liverpool still flowing through their hands. You can’t underestimate the importance of beating Liverpool at Anfield, especially in the manner they did.
So although Villa are coming into the game off the back of some decent form themselves, United should prove too strong for Sherwood’s side and come away with a relatively comfortably victory.
Man United 2-0 Aston Villa