How to watch and follow United v Aston Villa

Friday 28 April 2023 13:30

Manchester United round off another hectic month of football on Sunday, with in-form Aston Villa the visitors to Old Trafford in the Premier League.

Erik Ten Hag’s side will be keen to return to winning ways after drawing 2-2 with top-four rivals Tottenham in London on Thursday.  

Unai Emery’s side represent a tough challenge for the Reds, as they too are chasing European football next season. Villa currently occupy sixth place in the Premier League table - six points behind United, having played two games more.  

Ahead of the clash between the Reds and the Villans, here's all the essential information you need...

Who will play at centre-back against Villa?


Erik was asked about his plans for Sunday's game, after Harry Maguire missed the draw at Spurs.


Sunday’s match is scheduled to kick off at 14:00 BST, but it will not be shown live on television in the UK. 

However, our Match Day Live show commences at 12:55 BST on MUTV, and will include exclusive build-up and post-match reaction.

Further must-see content will also be available on and in the United App, with radio commentary available throughout the 90 minutes. 


Two-minute highlights of the game will be available two hours after the final whistle, with 90 in 20 and Full 90 being published at midnight. 


United's centre-back options were depleted further on Thursday, with Harry Maguire absent for the midweek trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Our captain picked up an injury in training during the week, confirmed Ten Hag prior to the match against Spurs, placing doubt on his availability for the Villa clash.   

Erik confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Alejandro Garnacho is back in training and nearing a return, while the boss hopes Raphael Varane will be in his squad by the time for the FA Cup final on 3 June rolls around. Scott McTominay's return date is unknown, with Tom Heaton expected to be unavailable for this one.
Lisandro Martinez (foot) and Donny van de Beek (knee) are ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

For the visitors, midfielder Jacob Ramsey is expected to be fit to start despite rolling his ankle against Fulham on Tuesday. Full-back Matty Cash and midfielders Boubacar Kamara, Philippe Coutinho and Leon Bailey have all been sidelined recently. It remains to be seen when they will be fit for selection. 

Emery may decide to stick with the same line-up from Villa's midweek win over Fulham, which would mean a start for former Red Ashley Young at right-back.

Team news: Garnacho getting closer to his return


Erik ten Hag provides an Alejandro update, as we report on both squads ahead of Sunday's game against Aston Villa.


Villa are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League games - winning eight and drawing two, while they have only conceded three times during that period.  

Emery’s impact since replacing Steven Gerrard as manager in October has been immense, with the side recovering from a sluggish start to the season to now be fighting for a European spot.  

Top scorer Ollie Watkins has 15 goals in all competitions so far, including five in his last six league games. January acquisition Alex Moreno is another player to watch out for as he plays a key role in developing Villa's attacking plays. The marauding left-back has three league assists to his name in 15 appearances for the club, with two of those for Watkins.
Aston Villa have been in fantastic form under Umai Emery.

The Reds have mixed results against Villa so far this season, losing the first game 3-1 in the Premier League at Villa Park in November, before avenging that defeat four days later in the Carabao Cup third round.  

Goals from Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and McTominay secured a 4-2 victory in the cup success at Old Trafford, on our way to eventually lifting the trophy. 


Jarred Gillett will be in charge of proceedings at Old Trafford, with Constantine Hatzidakis and Harry Lennard manning the sidelines. Darren England is the fourth official, while Michael Oliver heads VAR, assisted by Lee Betts.
90 in 20: United v Villa Video

90 in 20: United v Villa

90 in 20 | Check out extended highlights of United's Carabao Cup tie with Aston Villa in November...


This weekend’s fixtures are spread over four days as the race for the title, European places and battle to beat the drop intensifies… 


Crystal Palace v West Ham (12:30 BST) 
Brentford v Nottingham Forest (15:00 BST)
Brighton v Wolves (15:00 BST)


Bournemouth v Leeds
Fulham v Man City
UNITED v Villa
Newcastle v Southampton
Liverpool v Tottenham (16:30 BST) 


Leicester v Everton (20:00 BST) 


Arsenal v Chelsea (20:00 BST) 

*All kick-off times are 14:00 BST unless stated otherwise.