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

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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.

Michael Regan

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