Villa go into the game on Friday night looking to end two hoodoos; they haven’t beaten Manchester United at Villa Park in their last 19 attempts, and they haven’t won their first two games of the season since the 1999-00 season.
Their match-winner at Bournemouth – £6m striker Rudy Gestede – is pushing for a start but may have to settle for a place on the bench as Tim Sherwood could keep faith with the starting XI that defeated the Cherries.
Attacking midfield duo Jack Grealish and Carles Gil are back in training but this match will come too soon for either to make their first appearances of the season.
United managed a solid, if unspectacular, 1-0 victory over Tottenham on the opening day and will be looking to continue their imperious record in this fixture – the longest unbeaten away run in any fixture in top-flight history.
David De Gea will remain on the sidelines after reportedly saying he “was not eager to play” in the victory over Spurs as his transfer saga rumbles on – Sergio Romero will continue to deputise.
Bastian Schweinsteiger made his debut from the bench last weekend and is pushing for a start here, though Marouane Fellaini (suspended) and Phil Jones (mild thrombosis) will miss the match.
League Position: Aston Villa – 5th; Man United – 7th
Last Meeting: Man United 3-1 Aston Villa, April 4, 2015
Form: Aston Villa – W; Man United – W
Key Men: Aston Villa – Micah Richards; Man United – Memphis Depay
Shoot Says: Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United