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April 22, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Old Trafford — Manchester
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Premier League Preview: Manchester United - Aston Villa

Sir Alex Ferguson's side have just begun to stutter of late but is still well clear at the top of the table and can clinch the club's 20th league title with a win & Man City loss.

By Adam Mazrani



De Gea
Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra
Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa
Rooney, Van Persie


Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett
Westwood, Delph, N'Zogbia
Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor

Sir Alex Ferguson may look to reshuffle his pack slightly ahead of the visit of Aston Villa.

Jonny Evans may come in for either Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic, who have now played two games in a row. Vidic could be the one to miss out, after Ferguson revealed he suffered bruising against West Ham.

The likes of Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs and Nani are all pushing for recalls in midfield. Paul Scholes (knee) remains out, while Ashley Young (ankle) is out for the season, so will miss the visit of his former team.

For the visitors, Paul Lambert may look to name an unchanged side from the one that has impressed against Stoke and Fulham in recent weeks.

Ciaran Clark is available but Nathan Baker may still be preferred in central defense. Senior striker Gabriel Agbonlahor may recover from a thigh injury to take his place in attack, with Jordan Browery dropping to the bench.

  • Manchester United has only lost one of its last 40 meetings with Aston Villa in all competitions.
  • Villa's only victory during that run in December 2009 under Martin O'Neill was when Gabriel Agbonlahor (pictured right) scored in a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
  • From that matchday squad, only Agbonlahor, Richard Dunne and American goalkeeper Brad Guzan remain at the club.
  • United, on the other hand still retains eight of its starting XI.
  • Only Arsenal has scored more goals (42) than United has scored (40) at home this season.
  • Villa has the joint-worst defensive record in the league along with Norwich City and Newcastle, conceding 35 goals.
  • Christian Benteke needs one more goal to become the first Aston Villa player since Juan Pablo Angel in 2003-04 to score 20 goals in a season.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored twice in each of Aston Villa's last two visits to Old Trafford.

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1David de GeaGoalkeeper
3Patrice EvraDefender
4Phil JonesDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
11Ryan GiggsMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
20Robin van PersieStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
5Rio FerdinandDefender
28Alexander BüttnerDefender
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
14Javier HernándezStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
4Ron VlaarDefender
3Joseph BennettDefender
2Nathan BakerDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
20C. BentekeStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
8Karim El AhmadiMidfielder
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
18Yacouba SyllaMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
21Jordan Nathaniel BoweryStriker
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