Preview: United v Villa




 
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Preview: United v Villa
 
January 12th, 2007  
MightyMacbeth
 
 

Topic: Preview: United v Villa


Preview: United v Villa
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UNITED manager Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to ring the changes against Aston Villa after the FA Cup victory over the same club.

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes are in line to return after sitting out the third-round match.

Former Barcelona and Celtic striker Henrik Larsson is pushing to retain his place in the team after arriving on loan from Helsingborg. Louis Saha could also come into contention after suffering a groin injury two weeks ago.

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Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg will return after suspension for the third meeting in as many weeks with Fergusonís side.
The Sweden international was banned for the FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford last weekend after incurring five bookings this season.
Midfielder Stiliyan Petrov is being rested to allow him to recover completely from his recent hamstring problem and his place is likely to be taken by Steven Davis.
But striker Chris Sutton is still sidelined after showing no improvement in his eye problem and midfielder Craig Gardnerís groin injury is taking longer to heal than expected.
Manchester United (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Neville, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Silvestre, Evra, Heinze, Ronaldo, Park, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, O'Shea, Richardson, Saha, Giggs, Rooney, Solskjaer, Larsson.
Aston Villa (from): Sorensen, Kiraly, Mellberg, Hughes, Cahill, Ridgewell, Bouma, Agbonlahor, McCann, Davis, Osbourne, Barry, Angel, Baros, Samuel, Djemba-Djemba, Hendrie, Berger.
Last season: United 1 Aston Villa 0
Key opponent: Gavin McCann - Tireless battler in midfield and Villa's unsung hero
Prediction: United 2 Aston Villa 0 - The return of Scholes should lead to a comfortable home win
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