How to watch and follow United v Aston Villa

Sunday 24 December 2023 11:57

Manchester United take on Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Boxing Day in the Premier League, looking to return to winning ways (20:00 BST).

High-flying Villa sit third in the league standings following the latest round of fixtures and are sure to provide a tough test. Erik ten Hag's men will be in determined mood as we look to bounce back from our disappointing defeat against West Ham on Saturday.

The Midlands outfit will be our final visitors to Old Trafford in 2023, before we end the year away to Nottingham Forest on Saturday 30th December at The City Ground.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of our latest encounter in M16...

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The game is a 20:00 GMT kick-off at Old Trafford and will be broadcast live for viewers in the UK on Amazon Prime Video, while you can also stay up-to-date with the action as it unfolds in the United App, our live match centre on, and on MUTV.

Our pre-match show starts at 18:55 GMT, with team news released five minutes later. Live and free radio commentary during the game, followed by exclusive post-match reaction, will also be available on our app and official website.


Short match highlights will be on our official platforms exactly two hours after the final whistle, with 90 in 20 and Full 90 versions set to be online from Wednesday morning. 


The visitors will be without two players through suspension, Boubacar Kamara serves the second of his three-match ban, while Matty Cash is also set to miss out having picked up his fifth booking of the season last time out against Sheffield United.

Emery will definitely be without Tyrone Mings and Emi Buendia as the duo remain long-term absentees, while Robin Olsen, Pau Torres, Youri Tielemans and Bertrand Traore could also be missing due to injury. 

Ten Hag and Emery on the touchline at Old Trafford earlier this year.


The Villans have been one of the standout sides in the Premier League this campaign, and they currently sit in third place as we edge closer to the halfway point of 2023/24.

Facing Sheffield United in their most recent outing on Friday night, Emery's side lost their 100 per cent league record at Villa Park this term in a 1-1 draw - only maintaining their unbeaten record through Nicolo Zaniolo's last-gasp equalising goal, in the seventh minute of stoppage-time.



The two teams will go head-to-head for the 197th time on Tuesday - United have a vastly superior record, having won 104 of the past encounters, to Villa's 51 (41 draws). 

In this fixture last season, Bruno Fernandes scored the only goal of the game - our captain placed the ball past Emilano Martinez after the goalkeeper had initially saved Marcus Rashford's low effort. 

At Villa Park, back in October 2022, the home side recorded a 3-1 victory in Emery's first game as Villa manager. 

Days later, the two sides met again, as the Reds twice came from behind to win a six-goal thriller at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup third round.

Anthony Martial, Rashford, Fernandes and Scott McTominay were on the scoresheet for Ten Hag's men, as we overcame the first hurdle of our triumphant campaign in that competition.

90 in 20: United v Aston Villa Video

90 in 20: United v Aston Villa

Watch the highlights from the last time we faced Aston Villa, back in April...


There's plenty of football to enjoy this festive season, including our clash with Villa. Elsewhere, in-form Everton host Manchester City, while there's a London derby between Arsenal and West Ham...


Newcastle v Nottingham Forest (12:30 GMT)
Bournemouth v Fulham (15:00 GMT)
Sheffield United v Luton (15:00 GMT)
Burnley v Liverpool (17:30 GMT)
UNITED v Aston Villa (20:00 GMT)


Brentford v Wolves
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Everton v Manchester City (20:15 GMT)


Brighton v Tottenham
Arsenal v West Ham (20:15 GMT)

All kick-off times are 19:30 GMT unless stated.

Boxing Day classics:

  • Chelsea 2 United 3 Video

    Chelsea 2 United 3

    26 December 1994: United edged a five-goal thriller thanks to Brian McClair's decisive strike.

  • United 3 Everton 2 Video

    United 3 Everton 2

    26 December 2003: David Bellion got what turned out to be the winner in United's fourth straight league victory.

  • Sunderland 0 United 4 Video

    Sunderland 0 United 4

    26 December 2007: A Christmas cracker from Cristiano was the pick of the goals in this rampant Boxing Day victory...

  • United 5 Wigan Athletic 0 Video

    United 5 Wigan Athletic 0

    26 December 2011: Dimitar Berbatov's hat-trick inspired the Reds to a 5-0 victory over The Latics on Boxing Day...

  • United 4 Newcastle United 3 Video

    United 4 Newcastle United 3

    26 December 2012: A Boxing Day classic at the Theatre of Dreams...

  • United 4 Newcastle United 1 Video

    United 4 Newcastle United 1

    26 December 2019: United came from behind for a stylish Boxing Day win over Newcastle...