A former Red returns: How Aston Villa line-up to take on United at Old Trafford

Manchester United welcome Aston Villa to Old Trafford this afternoon in a 2pm Premier League kick-off.

United’s starting line-up features the likes of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford in attack, with Antony and Anthony Martial dropping to the bench.

For the Villans, former United club captain Ashley Young will start the game upon another return to the Theatre of Dreams for the experienced defender – a place where he is well-acquainted and will receive a warm reception.

The Red Devils’ defence will be tasked with keeping the prolific Ollie Watkins quiet, as he has been in scintillating form in recent weeks.

How both sides fare ahead of kick-off

Villa boast a 10-game unbeaten streak heading into the clash and have their sights firmly set on European football.

However, the Reds can make it 27 home games unbeaten if they avoid defeat today, alluding to Erik ten Hag’s desire of making Old Trafford a fortress again. Three points will also significantly strengthen United’s grip on a top-four finish. Game on!

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