Aston Villa vs Man United: Premier League – LIVE!



Two familiar opponents lock horns once again at Villa Park this evening, just five days after their FA Cup showdown.

Manchester United booked a fourth-round date with Middlesbrough with a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford on Monday evening, with Scott McTominay netting a crucial early header.

However, that certainly did not tell the full story, with Steven Gerrard’s Villa much the better side throughout and having two goals ruled out as they created numerous chances.

Despite the win, United’s performance did preciously little to quell ongoing concerns over their current disjointed squad and the lack of progress shown under Ralf Rangnick.

Aston Villa could hand debuts to new signings Lucas Digne and Philippe Coutinho as they try to halt a run of three successive losses and pull off a first league double over tonight’s opponents since 1954-55.

The September meeting between these teams was dramatic, with Kortney Hause scoring what proved to be the winning goal before giving away a penalty that was then missed by Bruno Fernandes.

Follow Aston Villa vs Manchester United LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below!

Live updates

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8 mins: Well that’s going to help United settle, an early gift.

Away fans in fine voice, and the players on the pitch look really comfortable. They’ve started well, haven’t seen anything from Watkins and Buendia so far.

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GOAL! Aston Villa 0-1 Man United | Bruno Fernandes 6′

United have the lead in bizarre circumstances. Telles stood on the ball as he ran over it to allow Fernandes to bring it forward from the free-kick.

He lets fly from range, it’s straight at Martinez… but he has made a complete mess of it and it rolls over the line. Dreadful mistake.

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4 mins: All United so far, game being played deep in Villa territory.

Telles already having joy getting forward on the left. He does so again, gets a nudge from Sanson and wins the free-kick.

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2 mins: Nice ball down the line from Telles, and Konsa has to get across and put it behind for a corner. Early chance to put the ball into the box for United.

Fernandes takes, Digne heads it away but it’s another corner.

Second time lucky for United? No. Another poor ball and Cash hammers it away.

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KICK-OFF!

United kick things off, and we are underway!

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Here we go then, players are out. Great atmosphere at Villa Park.

Home side will be looking to put in a similar display to the one at Old Trafford on Monday night, just with a bit more of a clinical edge this time.

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Coutinho has been out on the Villa Park pitch, clapping the fans as they give him a warm welcome.

Remains to be seen how fit he is, and whether he’s ready for a cameo off the bench in the second-half.

Kick-off just five minutes away…

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Steven Gerrard on new signings

“They’re two players with real pedigree, international experience,” Gerrard said.

“Two technically gifted players that have played at the highest level, and have been to big clubs before and produced high-level performances, and also won there as well.

“It’s important that if we’re going to add to the dressing room, they’ve got pedigree and they also know how to win, and they’re going to help the young players with them elite standards.”

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Warm-ups well underway…

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Victory this evening would take United into the top six. That would move them within three points of West Ham, who United will have a game in hand over after this match.

Plenty of incentive, will today be the day it clicks into gear for Rangnick and his side?



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