How to watch and follow Villa v United

Wednesday 07 February 2024 08:00

Manchester United's recent good form will be tested at Aston Villa on Sunday, as the 16:30 GMT kick-off promises to be an exciting encounter.

The Reds have made an unbeaten start to 2024, in all competitions, and defeated Unai Emery's side 3-2 on Boxing Day at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United ended Villa's outstanding 17-match streak without losing on home turf, with the 3-1 result on 30 January ensuring a first loss since being overcome by Arsenal a year ago.

Erik ten Hag's men can cut the gap on our opponents to five points with victory, after succeeding in overtaking West Ham United last time out, with an excellent 3-0 triumph at Old Trafford on Sunday.

See below for details on how you can watch the game, team news, the other fixtures and more...

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You will be able to enjoy over an hour of exclusive pre-match build-up by tuning into MUTV’s Matchday Live show, on air from 15:25 GMT. Wes Brown, Quinton Fortune and Danny Simpson are scheduled to be our guests.

It will also be available via and the United App, where, as well as that, you can also see matchday interviews, live stats and updates from the ground via our Match Centre.

Radio commentary, from Liam Bradford and Lou Macari, will also be available across our official platforms, while short match highlights will be published exactly two hours after the final whistle. Extended versions will be viewable on demand from the early hours of Monday morning.

Supporters residing in the UK will be able to watch the game live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.


Lisandro Martinez's knee injury will keep him out for at least eight weeks, a major blow to the Reds, but Ten Hag has made it clear he has other options to play in the middle of the defence.

Raphael Varane came off the bench against West Ham to partner Harry Maguire, while Victor Lindelof made his first appearance since undergoing a groin operation. Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be pushing for a return after injury.

Sofyan Amrabat returned to the squad, after Africa Cup of Nations duty, but Tyrell Malacia, Mason Mount and Anthony Martial are all absent.

Villa play Chelsea in a home Emirates FA Cup fourth-round replay on Wednesday night, when Ezra Konsa could join fellow defender Tyrone Mings on the sidelines, after being hurt in the 5-0 away win at Sheffield United.

Douglas Luiz was withdrawn at half-time at Bramall Lane, due to feeling ill, while Pau Torres could be available.

Martinez injury confirmed


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Villa will be tough nuts to crack as manager Emery bids to become the first man ever to beat United in his opening three Premier League home games against the Reds, following his previous exploits with Arsenal and the 3-1 win at Villa Park last term.

The Midlanders have won each of their last seven home league games on a Sunday, scoring 23 goals in the process, and bounced back from the Newcastle defeat to hammer Sheffield United at the weekend.

However, their overall record against the Reds is not good - we have won 17 of our 28 away games at Villa Park and it has often been a happy hunting ground in the past for the club.

Villa sit in fourth spot in the table as they harbour genuine Champions League ambitions and are only five points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

The cup clash with Chelsea will provide midweek distractions but they look in good form again, with top scorer Ollie Watkins an obvious danger man and the players perfectly implementing Unai's strategy and system.

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United ended a poor run on the road in the league (one point from four games) with the 4-3 victory at Wolves, however Ten Hag's men have also overcome away hurdles at Wigan Athletic and Newport County in the FA Cup.

We have started to click going forwards, scoring 13 goals in our last five league games, with Rasmus Hojlund and Alejandro Garnacho netting four apiece, and fellow forward Marcus Rashford contributing three.

It has been well documented that United need a statement win away to a leading team - we have not won at a side starting the day in the top eight since defeating Spurs in October 2021, so hopefully that stat can be put to bed this weekend.

Villa were on red-hot form before surrendering a two-goal lead and coming a cropper at Old Trafford - since then, they have had a goalless draw at Everton, a narrow home win over Burnley and the comprehensive win at Sheffield United. The other result, the 3-1 loss to Newcastle, does seem an outlier, but maybe the Magpies are something of a bogey team as the result on the opening weekend was 5-1 to Eddie Howe's men at St James' Park.

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After things kick off at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday lunchtime, there is another full round of games in the division taking place, ending on Monday night with a London derby...


Manchester City v Everton (12:30 GMT)
Fulham v Bournemouth
Liverpool v Burnley
Luton Town v Sheffield United
Tottenham v Brighton & Hove Albion
Wolves v Brentford

Nottingham Forest v Newcastle United (17:30 GMT)


West Ham United v Arsenal (14:00 GMT)
Aston Villa v UNITED (16:30 GMT)


Crystal Palace v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

All kick-offs are 15:00 GMT unless stated otherwise.