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Aston Villa vs. Manchester United CONFIRMED lineups and open thread

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Well, it's time to see how this all actually lines up. Below, you'll find Paul Lambert's response to an absurd rash of injuries as Aston Villa get set to take on Manchester United. But really, does the lineup matter that much? Aston Villa haven't beaten United in almost exactly five years, an 0-1 victory at Old Trafford on 12 December 2009. Before that it was a League Cup victory in 1999.

And in between? Futility. Last year at Old Trafford, Ashley Westwood put Villa up 0-1 and we were all amazed. And then came four unanswered United goals. In November 2012, there was a 2-0 lead at Villa Park that vanished into a 2-3 defeat thanks to two goals from Javier Hernandez and one from Ron Vlaar. Or the 1-1 draw in February 2010 at Villa Park that saw a Carlos Cuellar (!) goal equalized by a James Collins (!) own goal.

So this isn't a match about lineups. This is a match about defeating recent history. And here's hoping that Villa can all give us an early Christmas present and send the Red Devils home with a defeat.

Aston Villa starting XI

Brad Guzan, Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Jores Okore, Ciaran Clark, Aly Cissokho, Carlos Sánchez, Fabian Delph, Andi Weimann, Gabby Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke

Aston Villa subs

Shay Given, Leandro Bacuna, Chris Herd, Charles N'Zogbia, Callum Robinson, Jack Grealish, Riccardo Calder

Manchester United starting XI

David De Gea, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia, Darren Fletcher, Mata, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao

Manchester United subs

Anders Lindegaar, Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair, Rafael, Angel Di Maria, Adnan Januzaj, James Wilson