Manchester United v Aston Villa Preview

Tuesday night Manchester United will take on Aston Villa at Old Trafford with the intention of taking all three points and staying five points ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League.

The league game between the two sides back in November at Villa Park finished 2-2. Aston Villa went 2-0 up with goals from Ashley Young (pen) and Marc Albrighton, Federico Macheda pulled a goal back for United in the 81st minute with Nemanja Vidic equalising on the 85th minute.

Sir Alex Ferguson should have Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rafael Da Silva available for the game. Ferdinand and Vidic have been out due to injury, Evra was unavailable for the game against Southampton because of a family bereavement and Rafael couldn't play after suffering from concussion against Blackpool. Owen Hargreaves, Antonio Valencia and Ji-Sung Park are all unavailable for Man United.

Villa are also without Nathan Baker who is suspended following his red card against Blackburn Rovers. Villa don't have many injury worries with the main being Jean Makoun who is rated as doubtful.

The two clubs have met each other 175 times in all competitions, which have seen 88 Man United wins, 49 Villa wins and 38 draws. Out of the 175 games, 155 of those have been league games. United have won 75 league games against Aston Villa, lost 43 times and there have been 37 draws.  

Referee tomorrow is Chris Foy, his assistants are Dean Mohareb and Glenn Turner, the 4th official is Stuart Attwell. Foy has refereed 20 games this season, showing 46 yellow cards, he is yet to show a red card.

Foy has officiated four games involving Man United this season. He was in charge of their first Premier League game of the season, which was a 3-0 win over Newcastle. That was followed by a 0-0 draw away to Sunderland, a 0-0 draw away to Manchester City and more recently, the 2-1 win away to West Brom.

He has refereed two games involving United's opponents Aston Villa. The first was a 3-1 home win against Blackburn Rovers, then there was the 2-1 loss to Birmingham City.

Tomorrow night Arsenal play Everton at the Emirates, Chelsea are away to Sunderland and on Wednesday Manchester City are away to Birmingham.

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