Manchester United could close in on Arsenal with a win today against their favourite opposition in the league, Aston Villa., Manchester United have registered more victories against Aston Villa than any other team.

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has decided not to include Angel Di Maria in the playing XI. The Argentine was widely tipped to start after his comments on staying with United beyond this season but Van Gaal has decided not to disrupt his winning combination of midfielders and attackers.

Manchester United playing XI vs Aston Villa: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Blind; Carrick, Herrera, Mata; Fellaini, Young, Rooney.

Manchester United subs: Valdes, Rafael, McNair, A Pereira, Januzaj, Di Maria, Falcao.

Van Gaal has decided to go with 4-1-4-1 formation, where Michael Carrick will sit in the mid field and the likes of Ander Herrera and Juan Mata will provide the creativity while Ashley Young will be responsible for providing the width and Maroaune Fellaini will play up front alongside Wayne Rooney.

Aston Villa would look to avoid a heavy defeat as they are closely contesting a tough relegation battle. Manager Tim Sherwood has opted to go with an attacking 4-3-3 formation where three potential strikers Andres Weimann, Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor will look to trouble United’s defense.

Aston Villa playing XI vs Man United: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Lowton, Delph, Sanchez, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Aston Villa subs: Given, Vlaar, Bacuna, Cole, Gil, Baker, Grealish.

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