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Comfortable wins over Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace have got the Erik ten Hag reign off to the perfect start and with less than three weeks to go until the Premier League season begins, United will be keen to keep the good-feeling going.
Steven Gerrard’s Villa side have also had a successful time of it Down Under, beating Leeds and Brisbane Roar.
Both teams fly back to England after Saturday’s match to continue their preparations ahead of the serious business getting underway.
Date, kick-off time and venue
The pre-season friendly is scheduled for a 10:45am BST kick-off time this morning, Saturday July 23, 2022.
Optus Stadium in Perth will host.
Where to watch Man United vs Aston Villa
TV channel and live stream: The game will be broadcast via a live stream on MUTV and Villa TV.
LIVE coverage: Follow all of the action via Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.
Man United vs Aston Villa team news
Man United XI: De Gea, Dalot, Maguire (c), Lindelof, Shaw, Van de Beek, Fred, Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial.
Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Carlos, Mings, Digne, J.Ramsey, Kamara, McGinn, Coutinho, Watkins, Ings
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 23, 2022
Ten Hag has gone strong with his lineup in all of United’s matches in Australia so far and the same can be expected against Villa.
Anthony Martial will surely get another chance to continue his goalscoring form in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford also likely to start again.
New signing Tyrell Malacia played more minutes than most against Palace so may be rested, with Luke Shaw and Alex Telles pushing for starts. Raphael Varane missed out last match but United have insisted that was only precautionary, so he should return to the squad.
This is your Aston Villa team to face Manchester United at the Optus Stadium. 👊#ICONPerth
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 23, 2022
Villa are slightly more difficult to predict as they continue their pre-season preparations, with Gerrard naming an almost entirely different side for the second-half against Brisbane Roar.
Tyrone Mings, Ollie Watkins and Jacob Ramsey came on for the second-half in that match, and there’s a strong start all three will be in from the off against United.
Man United vs Aston Villa prediction
It’s been a positive start for United under Ten Hag, with a fluid front-line in particular clicking into gear with 11 goals across three games in Australia so far.
Villa will likely name close to a full-strength side and can certainly trouble the United defence, but the likes of Martial, Rashford and Sancho have looked sharp and should help maintain the winning record until the new manager.
Man United to win 3-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Man United wins: 102
Aston Villa wins: 50