Manchester Utd VS Aston Villa Live Football Score Match 11 Nov 2022
Four days on from putting the Red Devils to the sword in the Premier League, Aston Villa will renew hostilities with Manchester United at Old Trafford for Thursday’s EFL Cup third-round match.
Unai Emery kicked off his Villa Park reign with a 3-1 win over Erik ten Hag’s side at the weekend, and the Spaniard knows a thing or two about progressing in knockout competitions.Victories over Manchester United came Unai Emery’s way during his time in charge of Arsenal and Villarreal, and the Spaniard demonstrated his ongoing penchant for getting one over the Red Devils, taking the reins for the first time in the West Midlands with a resounding 3-1 win.
Leon Bailey, Lucas Digne and Jacob Ramsey – the latter going from zero to hero after his own goal – all made the net ripple in front of a party atmosphere at Villa Park, as Man United saw their nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions come to a bitter end.
Further insult was added for the 20-time English champions less than 24 hours later, as they were drawn against Barcelona in the knockout round playoffs of the Europa League, but Ten Hag’s side cannot cast one eye on their continental endeavours while revenge is on the menu against Aston Villa.
Five-time winners of the EFL Cup – most recently in the 2016-17 season under Jose Mourinho – Man United have since reached the semi-finals twice and been eliminated from the third round twice, falling at this stage to another claret side in West Ham United last term.
Returning to Old Trafford should bring with it a greater sense of defensive resilience for the Red Devils, who have kept an impressive five clean sheets on the bounce at home, as well as winning each of their last three in front of their own fans in all tournaments.On the other hand, Man United have lost each of their last three EFL Cup games at the Theatre of Dreams, and there is no reason for Villa fans to believe that lightning cannot strike twice after Sunday’s remarkable performance.
Emery, the serial Europa League winner who also made it as far as the Champions League semi-finals with Villarreal, has highlighted his ambitions to win silverware with Aston Villa, so no shreds of complacency should come into play for the Lions at Old Trafford.
The West Midlands outfit already have five EFL Cups in their trophy cabinet, the most recent of which came in the 1995-96 season, and they reached the final of the 2020 edition before losing to Manchester City but were knocked out in round three by Chelsea last season.
Aston Villa have already seen off Bolton Wanderers 4-1 to progress to the third round, and next on Emery’s to-do list is ending a five-game winless run away from home for Aston Villa, who have failed to score in three of their last four away encounters.
Man United and Aston Villa have been familiar foes in the EFL Cup down the years – meeting four times in the competition, including in the 1994 and 2010 finals – and the Lions have won three of their four clashes with the Red Devils in the competition, including both of their third-round meetings.Manchester United’s creative fulcrum Bruno Fernandes is back from a Premier League suspension this week, and his fresh legs should be preferred over Donny van de Beek, who was a surprise starter at Villa Park.
Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe and Raphael Varane remain out for the hosts, although the latter is reportedly expected to be passed fit for the World Cup, while Jadon Sancho (illness) and Antony (knock) will both need assessing later this week. Diogo Dalot picked up his fifth Premier League yellow card at Villa Park, but he will be fine to line up here.
Ten Hag has generally been loath to make wholesale changes to his lineup, but alterations should be on the cards here, as Harry Maguire, Tyrell Malacia, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial all push for inclusion. There could also be a first-ever Manchester United appearance for Martin Dubravka.
Meanwhile, Villa have two cup-tied players for this game in the forms of Jan Bednarek and Leander Dendoncker, who are unavailable for Thursday’s game having represented Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively in the second round.
Brazilian pair Diego Carlos and Philippe Coutinho remain out of contention with injuries, and the latter’s World Cup dream is officially over after he was left out of Tite’s squad for the tournament in Qatar.
With Dendoncker unavailable, Boubacar Kamara is the obvious replacement, and rotation could also benefit Robin Olsen, John McGinn and Danny Ings’s chances of coming into the first XI.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Dalot, Martinez, Maguire, Malacia; Fred, McTominay; Elanga, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Olsen; Cash, Chambers, Mings, Digne; Kamara, McGinn, Ramsey; Bailey, Watkins, BuendiaManchester United hit the buffers at Villa Park on Sunday and they are going to need to fare a good deal better when the sides meet again on Thursday if they want to stay in the EFL Cup.
The circumstances are very different to Sunday, however, and go some way to explaining why the Reds are as short as 4/6 with Betfred to get revenge. Villa are 9/2 chances to repeat the dose and knock United out in 90 minutes.
Villa Park was bouncing for Unai Emery’s first game in charge and those early goals meant United were not able to quieten the home crowd. The Reds were toothless in attack – they are simply not the same side when Cristiano Ronaldo starts – but Erik ten Hag will be able to call on the services of Bruno Fernandes, who was badly missed on Sunday. His replacement Donny van de Beek was pretty much anonimous. Jadon Sancho could also return so Ten Hag has more offensive options than on Sunday.
That wouldn’t be difficult, mind. The Reds posted their lowest xGF of the season (0.6) but, despite scoring three goals, Aston Villa only managed to generate an xGF of 0.6 themselves, which emphasises the fact that it was a game of few big chances.