Struggling Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United (Man United) side will lock horns with Unai Emery’s rejuvenated Aston Villa men in a Boxing Day Premier League match at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
The Red Devils will be hoping to hand Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who recently acquired a 25 per cent stake at Manchester United in a deal worth £1.3 billion, a Boxing Day gift by defeating a rejuvenated Unai Emery Aston villa side.
Man United are in eighth place in the league table and have been inconsistent so far this season. The Red Devils recorded a shocking 2-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham United in their previous game and will need to bounce back this week.
Aston Villa are in third place in the Premier League standings and have been in impressive form this season. The away side played out a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United last week and will need to take it up a notch in this fixture.
Since defeating Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford on December 6, the Red Devils are winless in their last three Premier League games.
Also, after going without a Premier League defeat at Old Trafford for 12 months between August 2022 and August 2023, Man United have since been beaten in four of their last seven top-flight home fixtures at the Theatre of Dreams. However, they stand alone with 21 Boxing Day wins in the Premier League.
The Villans have thrived under Spanish manager Emery and must work hard to remain in the top four.
The Red Devil needs to win at Old Trafford tonight to lighten up the mood and welcome Ratcliffe to the Man United board with a Boxing Day gift.
Ahead of the clash, the stats are suitable for the home side as Man United have won 38 of their 56 matches against Villa in the Premier League.
United won 21 matches in the Premier League on Boxing Day, the most successful team on this day in the competition’s history.