Manchester United v Aston Villa: live stream and TV details, how to watch, injury news and predicted teams

Everything you need to know as Aston Villa travel up the M6 to face the Red Devils.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want to get United back to winning ways. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want to get United back to winning ways. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want to get United back to winning ways. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Manchester United hope to bounce back from their Carabao Cup exit in midweek when they take on Aston Villa in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday (12:30 BST).

United were dumped out by West Ham United after Manuel Lanzini scored the only goal of the game in the ninth minute to quieten the home crowd.

Saturday’s opponents Aston Villa were also eliminated from the competition after losing on penalties to Chelsea, following a 2-2 draw in normal time.

The Villains have had a satisfactory start to the season and are currently in 10th place having picked up two wins, two defeats and a draw.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the game.

What’s the latest team news?

David De Gea, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Fred were all rested in Wednesday’s Cup defeat but are likely to return to the starting eleven.

In attack Ronaldo has had a fantastic start to life in his second spell, scoring in every match since his return.

Phil Jones made his first senior appearance since January 2020 and has provided Solskjaer with another option to choose from in defence.

In terms of those who could be missing, Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani was not fit enough to be involved on Wednesday and in the short turnaround is unlikely to play.

Marcus Rashford has returned to training but Ole says he will not rush him back after shoulder injury. He is expected to play after the upcoming international break.

Axel Tuanzebe is unavailable for selection. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty ImagesAxel Tuanzebe is unavailable for selection. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images
Axel Tuanzebe is unavailable for selection. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

What about the opposition?

Axel Tuanzebe, in his second spell with Villa, is unable to play against his parent club as part of his loan agreement. This could force manager Dean Smith to stick with a back three or revert to a more traditional back four to deal with the pace of Fernandes and Greenwood.

Expensive summer signing Leon Bailey has been ruled out until after the next international break after picking up a quad injury in the win over Everton on Saturday.

In the same match, John McGin suffered a head injury and is awaiting advice on concussion protocols.

In addition to Bailey’s likely absence, Morgan Sanson sustained a hamstring injury in the defeat to Chelsea, whilst Matt Targett has a slight niggle, adding to Villa’s injury problems.

Trézéguet remains a long-term absentee after knee surgery back in April.

Former Red Devils player Ashley Young, who joined Inter Milan and won the Serie A title before returning to the Midlands, could play against his former side.

Predicted line-ups

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Shaw, Maguire, Varane, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood, Ronaldo

Aston Villa (3-5-2): Martínez, Mings, Hause, Konsa, Cash, Luiz, Nakamba, Ramsey, Young, Ings, Watkins .

Is the match on TV?

Despite the match being at an earlier kick-off, the game will not be televised live here in the United Kingdom.

TalkSport are however providing live radio commentary.

How can I watch highlights?

Supporters of both clubs and neutral fans can tune in to Match of the Day at 22:30 to catch the action.

Alternatively, you can watch the goals on the YouTube channel of Sky Sports.

Post-match analysis will be available here on ManchesterWorld.

Why are United kicking off at 12:30 and doesn’t it clash with Man City?

Yes it does clash with Manchester City’s trip to Chelsea, which is the live Saturday lunch-time kick off on BT Sport 1.

Manchester-based band The Courteeners are due to play at the cricket ground at Old Trafford later in the evening, meaning that the city will have a number of high-profile events during the day.

To avoid any issues such as crowds when getting to the two events, as well as navigating round the city, there was a request to bring the kick-off forward.

A club statement from United read: “Our home match against Aston Villa on 25 September has been brought forward to a 12.30 BST kick-off, following a request from Trafford Council Safety Advisory Group to move the game due to The Courteeners concert at Lancashire Cricket Club, Emirates Old Trafford, on the same day.

“This request was supported by Greater Manchester Police and TfGM to avoid significant crowd, traffic and operational issues locally.

“We regret any disruption that this may cause around our supporters’ plans for the day.”