Aston Villa v United: Reds seek boost in away form

Aston Villa vs Manchester United, 14 August 2015, 7.45pm

It was Manchester United’s patchy away form that eliminated any hope of challenging for the Premier League title last season, however fanciful the dream. In 19 matches at home, Louis van Gaal’s side dropped points in just five games – the third best record in the league. The Reds’ away form was bettered by six […]

United v Villa: Van Gaal chases title

Manchester United v Aston Villa, Premier League, Old Trafford, 4 April 2015

Amid the season’s most challenging run of games Manchester United’s fixture against Aston Villa this weekend has become something of an afterthought. It is little surprise. After all, this is a period in which Louis van Gaal’s side has faced Tottenham Hotpsur and Liverpool in successive weeks, with Manchester City and Chelsea to come before […]

Preview: United v Aston Villa

Nani Aston Villa

These are increasingly desperate times for David Moyes. It is not just that the Scot has presided over 13 defeats in all competitions this season as Manchester United’s campaign disintegrated, but the abject manner in which they have come. None more so than United’s defeat to crosstown rivals Manchester City on Tuesday night, which was […]

Preview: United v Aston Villa

Robin van Perise

Time, they say, is a commodity David Moyes has earned. Time for the Scot to revitalise a fading side after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement last summer. Time for Moyes to remodel United in his own image. Time to restore the club to a primacy lost over the past six months. Precious time. Time, also, it […]

Preview: United v Aston Villa

Nani Aston Villa

Two bruising encounters inside four days held the propensity to leave their mark on Manchester United; the concern being more of the abstract than physical, despite the aggressive approach displayed by Stoke City and West Ham United. Yet, with four points secured in the past week against anything but passive opponents, Sir Alex Ferguson has […]

Preview: Aston Villa v United

Ashley Young

Not since Sir Alex Ferguson’s kids crumbled in 1996 has Manchester United lost to the second City’s leading team at Villa Park –  in the Premier League at least. The 3-1 loss, followed Alan Hansen’s now infamous chide, is long past, with United emerging undefeated 17 occasions in a row during the intervening years. Indeed, […]

Scholes returns for Villa test

Manchester United versus Aston Villa, Premier League, Old Trafford, 14 April 2012, 4pm

Sir Alex Ferguson will recall influential midfielder Paul Scholes to his line-up as Manchester United seeks to restore a five point Premier League lead on Sunday. Manchester City’s thumping 6-1 win at Norwich City has not only cut United’s lead, but increased the Blues’ goal difference advantage, with just five games remaining. Indeed, after United’s […]

Fergie seeks Villa Park revival

Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs

Dimitar Berbatov and five other players will miss Manchester United’s trip to Aston Villa this weekend through injury as Sir Alex Ferguson faces a deepening absentee list at the club. The Bulgarian aggravated an existing ankle injury in United’s 2-1 Carling Cup defeat to Crystal Palace on Wednesday, but is not expected to miss more […]

United maintain momentum with win over Villans

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United maintained a five point Premier League lead with victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford. The United striker lashed home a superb volley with less than a minute on the clock and then sidefooted a second before half-time for just his fifth and sixth goals of the season. […]