"Although we have a great record at Villa Park, we have never taken them for granted. We've always had to perform there but it's been a good ground for us as a team. We've always enjoyed it. It's one of the old traditional grounds and always has a good atmosphere, their support is always fantastic. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going as it's got us into a good position at the moment.
"We're delighted to get through in the Champions League. We found the game [in Braga] difficult but that's an indication of how teams prepare - they just sat back and hoped we'd make mistakes. We lost the goal from the penalty and I thought it was going to be very difficult after that. There was no indication we were going to win the match but then I brought van Persie on and it made them come out a bit and from then on we went on to win it.
"I don't think it's a problem relying on Robin van Persie. Last year we lost on goal difference - I don't expect us to lose on goal difference again - Robin may make that difference. You've seen the way young Chicharito has started this season - he'll get 20 goals plus. Wazza will get there too - he'll get 20 goals plus I'm sure. It's a healthy combination we've got there."
09:25 The manager has arrived. We'll bring you updates shortly. (AM)
08:55 Sir Alex's press conference is due to take place at 09:30 this morning. Adam Marshall is down at Carrington to cover it, so we'll have updates here in the blog as soon as it's over. (NC)
Thursday 8 November
16:44 The Norwegian FA have confirmed Joshua King has pulled out of the squad for the friendly with