Sir Alex Ferguson can clinch the title tonight as Man United entertain Aston Villa at Old Trafford in the Monday night match.
Venue Old Trafford, Monday 8pm
Last season Man Utd 4 Aston Villa 0
Referee Anthony Taylor
This season’s matches 22 Y53, R6, 2.68 cards per game
Subs from Lindegaard, Evans, Buttner, Powell, Anderson, Giggs, Smalling, Nani, Welbeck, Hernández, Jones
Injured Scholes (knee, 5 May), Fletcher (bowel, Aug), Young (ankle, Aug)
Form guide DWLWWW
Disciplinary record Y48 R0
Leading scorer Van Persie 21
Subs from Given, Dawkins, Sylla, Bannan, Bowery, Holman, Lichaj, El Ahmadi, Burke, Stevens, Carruthers, Ireland, Clark
Injured Gardner (knee, Aug), Herd (foot, Aug), Albrighton (foot, unknown), Dunne (groin, unknown), Petrov (leukaemia, unknown)
Form guide DWLWWL
Disciplinary record Y68 R2
Leading scorer Benteke 15
Aston Villa have won only once in their last 32 league and cup games against Manchester United – a 1-0 triumph at Old Trafford in December 2009 when Gabby Agbonlahor scored with a header.
In league games only, United have lost just one of their last 34 meetings with Villa home and away since 1995 (W24, D9, L1).
United are vying to avoid suffering consecutive Premier League home defeats for the first time since 2002. They last went successive home matches without a win in 2007, losing to West Ham in May and then drawing their opening game of the following season against Reading.
The Red Devils need to win their remaining five matches to eclipse Chelsea’s top-flight record of 95 points, set in 2004-05.
United have scored in 65 successive Premier League home matches since a 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa in December 2009.
They have recovered 28 points from losing positions in the league this season, a divisional high.
Wayne Rooney is expected to make his 400th appearance for United. He has scored nine Premier League goals for the club against Villa. It’s his equal best record against any club, along with Bolton, Fulham and Newcastle.
Villa have taken 10 points out of the last available 15 and won their last two away matches.
They have conceded in each of their last 17 league games, the longest top-flight run without a clean sheet this season. They have already set an unwanted club record of 61 goals against in a Premier League season.
Villa have conceded more goals after half time (41) than any other club.
Gabby Agbonlahor needs one goal to eclipse Dwight Yorke’s club record of 60 in the Premier League.
Christian Benteke has scored 10 goals in his last 13 league appearances. He is two goals away from equalling Yorke’s club record Premier League tally of 17 in a single season.