Quote/unquote: “We expect a scrap. You expect a team to fight for everything when they’re down there. That’s the least you expect. Villa, as they showed against Stoke City, have a bit of life about them." – Sir Alex Ferguson
Sub-plots: Ashley Young's injury means he's denied an appearance against his former club, but in truth this game was never going to be about that. Instead, this fixture could be the night United clinch a 20th league title.
Whistle blower: Mancunian Anthony Taylor has taken charge of three Reds fixtures already this season. He was the man in the middle for United's trips to Queens Park Rangers (win) and Norwich (loss) and also officiated in the Reds' Capital One Cup win against Newcastle at Old Trafford back in September.
Rivals watch: Manchester City lost 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday, meaning one more win for the Reds will clinch the title.