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It’s fair to say that Aston Villa are having an underwhelming season, and even if Paul Lambert is a substantial improvement on Alex McLeish he hasn’t totally won over his team’s fans yet.

A defeat of Manchester United would of course help matters, but conquering a side with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie et al is easier said than done.

Venue Villa Park, Saturday 5.30pm

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Last season Aston Villa 0 Man Utd 1

Referee Kevin Friend

This season’s matches 5 Y19, R1, 4.00 cards per game

Odds Aston Villa 5-1 Man Utd 4-7 Draw 3-1

CaughtOffside predicted line-ups:

football formations

Aston Villa

Subs from Given, Hutton, Albrighton, Holman, Westwood, Bowery, Weimann, Stevens, Herd, Baker, Burke, Williams

Doubtful Baker (ankle), Bennett (knee), Herd (knee)

Injured Dunne (groin, 17 Nov), Gardner (knee, May), Bent (ankle, unknown), N’Zogbia (knee, unknown), Petrov (leukaemia, unknown)

Suspended Lichaj (one match)

Form guide WDLLDL

Disciplinary record Y23 R2

Leading scorers Bent, Benteke 2

Manchester United

Subs from Johnstone, Lindegaard, Giggs, Anderson, Smalling, Welbeck, Henríquez, Cleverley, Fletcher, Powell, Hernández, Buttner, Macheda, Bébé

Doubtful Evans (groin)

Injured Nani (hamstring, 17 Nov), Jones (knee, 24 Nov), Kagawa (knee, 28 Nov), Vidic (knee, 15 Dec)

Suspended None

Form guide WWWWLW

Disciplinary record Y18 R0

Leading scorer Van Persie 8

STAT ATTACK

Head-to-head

Aston Villa’s only win in their last 31 league games against Manchester United came courtesy of Gabby Agbonlahor’s goal at Old Trafford in December 2009.

In all competitions, United have lost just one of their last 33 meetings with Villa (W23, D9, L1) since a 3-0 League Cup away defeat in October 1999.

United’s last Premier League defeat at Villa Park came on the opening day of the 1995-96 season. They are unbeaten in 16 subsequent visits (W10, D6).

Aston Villa

They won only their second league match in 20 attempts at Sunderland last weekend. Villa have picked up just 24 points from their 29 games in 2012.

Gabby Agbonlahor’s winner in that match was his first league goal in 29 appearances spanning a year.

The club has not won back-to-back Premier League matches since the final two games of the 2010-11 season (against Arsenal and Liverpool).

Only Sunderland and QPR have scored fewer than Villa’s eight goals.

Manchester United

The Red Devils have won their last 23 Premier League matches after scoring the opening goal.

They have missed the most penalties in the Premier League this season (three). Wayne Rooney has now missed seven out of the 20 penalties he has taken in the Premier League.

Robin van Persie has scored eight goals and registered three assists in 10 Premier League appearances for the club. He has also scored 56 goals in his last 65 league games.

CaughtOffside prediction: 1-4. Manchester United to demonstrate their considerable superiority.

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