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Interim manager Ralf Rangnick faces yet another challenging moment in his spell at the helm of Manchester United, when the Red Devils visit Villa Park against a reenergized Aston Villa side that could show off its new prized acquisitions.
Manchester United (seventh, 31 points) has its eyes set on a minimum fourth-place finish in the Premier League; a win could lift it to within a point of Arsenal, which currently occupies that slot. But Rangnick and Man United need more than just a victory: a strong performance would go a long way toward convincing players and fans the team is in fact on the right track with the German in charge.
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The Red Devils are in transition, still looking to play Ralf Rangnick's style. Will they seek out reinforcements to help the push for a Champions League place?Clubs falling just short of their high expectations are often the busiest in the January window, looking to secure a few difference-makers without upsetting the balance of the squad. Manchester United falls firmly in that category, and manager Ralf Rangnick now has a number of big decisions to make.
A rare and lengthy Cristiano Ronaldo interview before this game shed light on issues that the superstar has observed inside United's camp. Although he'll sit out the Villa match due to injury, he says there are changes that need to be made and things that need to be "destroyed." And he's demanding teammates raise their game and change their mentality, especially those that have no time for his advice.
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While Man United is coping with meeting its high expectations, Aston Villa (14th, 22 points) is looking to raise the bar for itself this season. The appointment of Steven Gerrard as manager has definitely proven a step in that direction. He has not only helped improve the team's play, but also recruited two starters who could make their debut against Man United: playmaker Philippe Coutinho, from Barcelona, and left back Lucas Digne from Everton.
Coutinho reduced salary to join Aston Villa - Xavi
Xavi Hernandez has praised the professionalism of Philippe Coutinho and said the Brazilian took a wage-cut to complete his loan move to Aston Villa, which was confirmed by both clubs on Friday. "When we took the team, the club was not in the best moment," said Xavi.Villa will pay around half Coutinho's salary for the duration of the deal, which expires in the summer, although Villa will then have an option to buy the midfielder for a reported fee of around 40 million euros ($45 million).
This should be a tight match between two quality sides — as their FA Cup third-round match on Monday proved. Man United won that game 1-0 at home, knocking Villa from the competition and setting up a compelling grudge match. Aston Villa won the first league match in September, a match that also finished 1-0.
Sporting News will follow the match live and provide live score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Aston Villa vs. Man United live score
|1H ||2H ||Final |
|Aston Villa ||0 ||— ||— |
|Man United ||1 ||— ||— |
MANU — Bruno Fernandes — 6th min.
(All times Eastern)
19th min.: Another good move from United. Alex Telles with the cross from the left that misses Cavani and the ball reaches Mason Greenwood whose shot is blocked by Emi Martinez charging off his line. Cavani is hurt and trying to shake it off.
12th min.: Positive play from Anthony Elanga who got the surprise start at left wing for Man United. He leaps over Villa right back Matty Cash to get to a lofted ball in the box, but the header goes off target.
VAR bails out Man United: Aston Villa's disallowed goal in FA Cup had fans, pundits fuming
A confusing call denied Aston Villa an equalizer after a lengthy VAR review, and the reaction to the decision was mixed.Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa side came into a hostile environment and performed admirably, putting United under pressure throughout the match and coming close to scoring on multiple occasions, including a pair of disallowed goals. One of those was ruled out on VAR, and it had Villa fans furious.
6th min.: Man United scores! And what a gaffe by Villa's Emiliano Martinez! Bruno Fernandes fires at goal and it goes through the goalkeeper's arms and then through his legs. He'll want that one back.
5th min.: Good start by Man United. The visitors are playing in Villa's end and they've won a couple of corners and a couple of set pieces by being positive. There's a confidence to the way Man United is knocking the ball around.
1st min.: We're underway at Villa Park.
12:33 p.m.: The reception that Philippe Coutinho received at Villa Park. More love in one day than he received during his time at Barcelona.
12:04 p.m.: The January signings are going to be a big story around Villa. Here's some background on the moves:
Aston Villa vs Manchester United live: How to watch, TV, stream link, team news
Aston Villa looks to complete a season sweep of Manchester United at Villa Park on Saturday while avenging an early-week FA Cup loss to the Red Devils.Villa won 1-0 at Old Trafford earlier this season, though that Premier League match saw both clubs managed by different men.
9:15 a.m.: Only one goal separated the two sides in their FA Cup third-round match at Old Trafford. This was the goal that gave the Red Devils the win:
Aston Villa vs. Man United projected lineups
Gerrard made it clear that new signings Digne and Coutinho will be available to play. Digne is starting at left back, knocking Matt Targett to the bench, where Coutinho starts his Aston Villa career.
Regular midfield starter John McGinn is suspended, with Morgan Sanson taking his place. Trezeguet and Bertrand Traore are at AFCON, and Marvelous Nakamba and Leon Bailey are out injured. Anwar El Ghazi was loaned out to Everton.
Aston Villa starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Emiliano Martinez (GK) — 27-Lucas Digne, 5-Tyrone Mings, 4-Ezri Konsa, 2-Matty Cash — 41-Jacob Ramsey, 6-Douglas Luiz, 8-Morgan Sanson — 10-Emiliano Buendia, 20-Danny Ings, 11-Ollie Watkins
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Aston Villa subs (9): 12-Jed Steer (GK), 3-Matt Targett, Kaine Kesler Hayden, 47-Tim Iroegbunam, 30-Kortney Hause, 18-Ashley Young, 33-Carney Chukwuemeka, 35-Cameron Archer, 23-Philippe Coutinho
Although Rangnick was hopeful Ronaldo would be available for the Aston Villa match, he'll sit out with the same pain that forced him to miss the FA Cup match. Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are surprise absences.
Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones are back, though suspension will keep Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay from participating. Paul Pogba is still sidelined with a thigh injury, while two players are currently away at AFCON 2022: Eric Bailly and Hannibal Mejbri.
Manchester United starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-David De Gea (GK) — 27-Alex Telles, 19-Raphael Varane, 2-Victor Lindelof, 20-Diogo Dalot — 31-Nemanja Matic, 17-Fred — 36-Anthony Elanga, 18-Bruno Fernandes (capt), 11-Mason Greenwood — 21-Edinson Cavani
Manchester United subs (8): 26-Dean Henderson (GK), 22-Tom Heaton (GK), 4-Phil Jones, 5-Harry Maguire, 34-Donny van de Beek, 8-Juan Mata, 14-Jesse Lingard, 25-Jadon Sancho
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How to watch Aston Villa vs. Man United
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 15
- Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: NBC, Universo
- Streaming: fuboTV, Peacock (subscribers only)
Saturday's match between Aston Villa and Manchester United from Villa Park will be broadcast on NBC network (English) and Universo (Spanish).
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Both channels can be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free trial for new users.
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Marcus Rashford scored a goal with the final kick of the game as Manchester United overtook West Ham for fourth place in the Premier League standings.Three Man United substitutes combined on the goal. Anthony Martial fed Edinson Cavani, who delivered the cross that found Rashford on the opposite end of the six-yard box. Replays seemed to indicate a hint of offside on Cavani's position, but the Video Assistant Referee didn't flag an error and the goal stood.