I’m running out of ideas about what to write into an introduction of a match preview ahead of a game against Aston Villa.
Well, try it. Last week’s FA Cup tie will be memorable because of Larsson’s excellent United debut and Kiraly’s horrendous blunder that allowed Solskjaer to score in injury time. The game at Villa Park on December 23 saw two fantastic goals by Ronaldo and Scholes so I hope we won’t witness a dull game for a change tomorrow.
The two teams might be sick of facing each other but with the Reds due a visit at Arsenal next week, the Clarets are welcome now as I think they will aim to put this sequence against United behind and concentrate on the important matches coming up. Hopefully, they were fired up for the FA Cup tie and regard this game as one that can be lost, despite their momentous winningless run in the league.
“Wes is out with a virus, but all the rest are fit,” Ferguson “It`s good to have Louis back. He will play a part on Saturday when we get back to the nitty-gritty of ensuring we keep this good lead at the top of the league. The plus about last week against Villa is that we created a lot of chances.”
Martin O’Neill praised Fergie for his ability to adjust his style.
‘I’ve the utmost regard for him because he has done it. To be at Manchester United and successful for so long is incredible,’ said O’Neill.
‘He has mellowed but he’s the Godfather. I believe you have to adapt to survive and he has been able to adjust his management style.’
Manchester United Team News:
AS the Boss said, Wes Brown is out with a virus but Louis Saha is back after a groin injury. Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes are likely to regain their place in the side as Ji-sung Park is set to start on the bench.
Player to watch: Wayne Rooney
He MUST score now and Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed he would not rest Wayne who ‘thrives on football’.
Yes, they again Team News:
Stilian Petrov is definitely out of the trip to Old Trafford but Olof Mellberg is available again after a one-match suspension. Didier Agathe has left Villa but that’s not much a difference
Player to watch: Gabriel Agbonlahor
Last time I singled out Barry, now I advise we should watch the Nigerian-born talent who may develop to be a hell of a player.
Match Facts & Stats
Third match against Villa in less than a month. The Clarets haven’t defeated United in the league since 1995, on the day of Alan Hansen’s now famous comment.
Vidic back so I’m looking for a clean sheet. I go for 2-0 again.
Arsenal on next Sunday at the Emirates. Time to exact some revenge.