By Sam Harris
- Aston Villa looking for first league win over United at Villa Park since 1995
- Many Villa supporters haven’t seen their team beat United in a home game
- New Signing Rudy Gestede will be crucial for Villa
Ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Villa Park, we asked Aston Villa supporter Sam Harris to give us his view on the game.
Being an Aston Villa fan, every year one of the games we always want to win is Man United at home. We haven’t beaten Man United at home in 20 years ~ and that is an appalling record, no matter who you’re playing against. Our last win against them was on the first game of the season 1995/1996 where we won 3-1. Quite a lot of Villa fans weren’t even born then ~ myself included. So I’ve never saw us beat United at home.
How I Think We Will Play
I generally think we will try and control the game in the first 30-45 minutes, properly trying to ‘stink’ the game out. And if it staying 0-0 at half-time, Villa giving a more attacking threat in the second half. I believe by doing this we will play a 4-5-1 or a 4-3-2-1 formation, with Ashley Westwood, Idrissa ‘Gana’ Gueye and Jordan Veretout being the three central midfielders. I think if these three play well and stop United creating chances, we could definitely still be in the game with around thirty minutes left.
Who To Look Out For
Quite a few players will be hoping to make their home debuts this weekend; Micah Richards, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye, José Angel Crespo, Jordan Ayew, Rudy Gestede and Jordan Veretout.
I think the two players that could change the game for us, and take the game to United are both boyhood United fans. Idrissa Gueye and Rudy Gestede. Gestede didn’t start against Bournemouth at the weekend as he wasn’t fully fit, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he were to start. I thought he was immaculate as soon as he came on against Bournemouth and completely changed the game.
And if Villa decide to play a direct style, he could really bully Smalling and Blind, like Benteke did a couple of seasons ago. He also likes to hold the ball up and bring other midfielders into the foray ~ and that could prove costly in a counter attack with ‘pacey’ players like Sinclair & Agbonlahor.
Where United Could Target Us
In my opinion would be at our right back, Leandro Bacuna. Bacuna is a class player going forward, but can be either brilliant defensively or absolutely horrific. Generally I hope he’s on his game on Friday, because if he isn’t Ashley Young will terrorise him. That’s the only position I worry about, otherwise it can be quite a fair game.
However, I’m looking forward to seeing a packed Villa Park on our first home game of the season with a spellbinding atmosphere from both the home and away fans. Also, there will be a new mosaic in Villa’s Holte End, and I can’t wait to see that pre-match.