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Manchester United v Aston Villa live score updates, Premier League highlights

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Caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick faces another tough moment in his time in charge of Manchester United, when the Red Devils visit Villa Park against a re-energized Aston Villa side who could show off their prized new acquisitions.

Manchester United (seventh, 31 points) is aiming for a minimum fourth place in the Premier League; a win could take him within a point of Arsenal, who currently occupy that slot. But Rangnick and Man United need more than just a win: a solid performance would go a long way in convincing players and fans that the team is indeed on the right track with the German in charge.

A rare and lengthy interview with Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of this game shed light on the problems the superstar has seen in United’s camp. Although he won’t feature in the Villa game due to injury, he says there are changes that need to be made and things that need to be ‘destroyed’. And he asks his teammates to raise their game and change their mentality, especially those who don’t have time to listen to his advice.

MORE: The revealing interview given by Cristiano Ronaldo

As Man United live up to their high expectations, Aston Villa (14th, 22 points) are looking to raise the bar for themselves this season. The appointment of Steven Gerrard as manager was definitely a step in that direction. He not only helped improve the team’s game, but also signed two starters who could make their debut against Man United: playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona and left-back Lucas Digne from Everton.

It should be a close game between two quality teams – as their FA Cup third round tie on Monday proved. Man United won that game 1-0 at home, knocking Villa out of the competition and staging a convincing grudge match. Aston Villa won the first league game in September, a match which also ended 1-0.

Sporting News will follow the game live and provide live score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Aston Villa vs Man United live score

1 hour 2 hours Final
AstonVilla 0
united man 1

MANU — Bruno Fernandes — 6th min.

(all Eastern times)

19th minute: Another good shot from United. Alex Telles with the cross from the left which misses Cavani and the ball reaches Mason Greenwood whose shot is blocked by Emi Martinez charging on his line. Cavani is injured and tries to get rid of it.

12th minute: Positive play from Anthony Elanga who got the surprise start on the left wing for Man United. He jumps over Villa right-back Matty Cash to reach a smooth ball into the box but the header is off target.

6th minute: Manchester United scores! And what a gaffe by Emiliano Martinez de Villa! Bruno Fernandes shoots on goal and it goes into the arms of the goalkeeper then into his legs. He will want this one back.

5th minute: Good start from Man United. The visitors are playing on the Villa side and they have won a few corners and a few set pieces by being positive. There is a confidence in the way Man United kick the ball.

1st minute: We are in progress at Villa Park.

12:33 p.m.: The welcome that Philippe Coutinho received at Villa Park. More love in one day than he received during his time at Barcelona.

12:04 p.m.: January signings are going to be a big story around Villa. Here is some information about the movements:

9:15 a.m.: Only one goal separated the two teams in their FA Cup third round match at Old Trafford. It was the goal that gave the Red Devils victory:

Line-ups planned for Aston Villa v Man United

Gerrard clarified that the new recruits Worthy and Coutinho will be available to play. Worthy starts at left back, hits Matt Target on the bench, where Coutinho began his career at Aston Villa.

Regular starting midfielder John McGinn is suspended, with Morgan Sanson taking his place. Trezeguet and Bertrand Traore are at the CAN, and Wonderful Nakamba and Leon Bailey came out injured. Anouar El Ghazi was loaned to Everton.

Aston Villa starting line-up (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

Aston Villa Submarines (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 hoped Ronaldo would be available for the Aston Villa game, he will sit with the same pain that forced him to miss the FA Cup game. Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are surprise absences.

Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones are back, although the suspension will keep Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay to participate. Paul Pogba is still absent due to a thigh injury, while two players are currently absent at AFCON 2022: Eric Bailly and Hannibal Mejbri.

Manchester United starting line-up (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

MORE: Premier League Top Scorers Update

How to watch Aston Villa v Man United

  • Dated: Saturday January 15
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: NBC, Universe
  • Diffusion: fuboTV, Peacock (subscribers only)

Saturday’s game between Aston Villa and Manchester United from Villa Park will be shown on the NBC (English) and Universo (Spanish) networks.

MORE: What happened to NBCSN? The Premier League’s new TV home

Both channels can be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free trial to new users.

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