Manchester United vs. Aston Villa, lineups and open match thread

Michael Regan

Aston Villa could take a huge step towards safety this evening, but they’ll have to shock Manchester United at Old Trafford in order to do so.

Aside from Wigan's loss at West Ham and, to a lesser extent, Newcastle's draw against West Brom, this was not a good weekend of results for Aston Villa. The boys could make that sting far less with a result this evening; a win would bring Villa level on points with Sunderland, Stoke and Newcastle, and even a draw would keep them ahead of Wigan on a points-per-match basis. Of course, they're playing Manchester United, so either one of those will be far easier said than done.

Manchester United XI:
David De Gea; Rafael, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Patrice Evra; Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Shinji Kagawa, Antonio Valencia; Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie

Manchester United Bench:
Anders Lindegaard, Rio Ferdinand, Chicharito, Nani, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Alexander Buttner

Aston Villa XI:
Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Nathan Baker, Joe Bennett; Andreas Weimann, Ashley Westwood, Fabian Delph, Charles N'Zogbia, Gabriel Agbonlahor; Christian Benteke

Aston Villa Bench:
Shay Given, Brett Holman, Yacouba Sylla, Karim El Ahmadi, Darren Bent, Jordan Bowery, Ciaran Clark

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