Steven Gerrard travels to Old Trafford for the first time as a manager and leads his team Aston Villa to face Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup.
On the bench opposite Gerrard, Ralf Rangnick is under pressure for the first time as United’s interim manager, following a home loss to Wolves last time in the Premier League.
Villa is also looking for an answer after back-to-back losses in the league to Brentford and Chelsea since Christmas.
Awaiting tonight’s winner is a favorable tie at home against Middlesbrough in early February, with United seeking their way to the No. 13 FA Cup trophy and Villa to eighth.
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Man United vs. Aston Villa Live Updates
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One man who will definitely not be on the pitch tonight is Philippe Coutinho. However, the Brazilian completed his medical at Villa today and is ready to debut next weekend.
We’re 15 minutes away from confirmed team news. Will Cristiano Ronaldo rest before another league match with Villa on Saturday?
United are looking to end a five-year trophy drought, with their latest trophy being the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League under José Mourinho. The Red Devils’ most recent FA Cup win came a season earlier, with Louis van Gaal.
Gerrard, who twice won the FA Cup as a Liverpool player, spoke of the appeal of the FA Cup in his pre-match press conference: “It is a true tradition, it is a special competition for all English and British people because we know it. very well”. But I think that every foreigner who comes to the country, when you have conversations with them, the FA Cup always comes up. So it also has a name around the world. “
The last time these clubs met at Old Trafford, Villa was left with three points in the Premier League. Bruno Fernandes dodged a late penalty in a 1-0 loss in September.
In an interview with the club, Rangnick has asked Man United to play with a “different energy level” than the team displayed against Wolves. He has also chosen the central midfielder as Aston Villa’s key strength.
Gerrard’s last appearance as a player against Man United was probably his most painful: the infamous red card at Anfield, just 38 seconds after he was replaced.
Welcome to Sporting News live coverage of Man United vs. Aston Villa.
Like last season, there are no repeats in the FA Cup third round, so the draw must be decided tonight, with extra time and penalties if necessary.
How to watch Man United vs. Aston Villa
- Date: Monday, January 10
- Hour: 2:55 pm ET
- Transmission: ESPN + (subscribers only)
Monday’s FA Cup match between Manchester United and Old Trafford’s Aston Villa will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN’s ESPN + streaming service in the US.
Man United vs. Projected Lineups Aston Villa
is still out of Manchester United, rehabbing his groin injury in Dubai and still needing another month before training again. He is returning from his COVID-19 stage, but is still out due to injury, so he could maintain his position in the starting eleven, although he is also a candidate depending on whether Rangnick chooses to start in the Cup.
and both are suspended for the replay of this Premier League match on January 15 due to the yellow card suspension, so both are likely to be used here to help the team breathe. It will be interesting to see if it is deployed by Rangnick, who left the Portuguese midfielder on the bench for the Wolves game, and his presentation around the time of that game took effect.
He would also be expected to start in Manchester United’s goal, as he was the man in United’s net in the EFL Cup loss to West Ham United.
Henderson (GK) – Dalot, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw – Fred, McTominay – Sancho, Fernandes – Ronaldo, Rashford.
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2022
Steven Gerrard is expected to name a full team, with both of them and ready to return after missing the disappointing loss to Brentford last time out. you are likely to miss out on an ankle injury, unless a delayed fitness test is performed while and have already been ruled out.
Aston Villa lacks attackers and due to their participation in the African Cup of Nations, absences that will be felt. Mings and are suspended for the Premier League match due to yellow card accumulation, but both are likely to be deployed here.
A new man is unlikely to show up after making a move in January as the Brazilian just arrived in England on Sunday.
Martínez (GK) – Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett – Ramsey, Luiz, McGinn – Buendia, Watkins, Ings.
Man United vs. Aston Villa betting lines and odds
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
- Money line: Manchester United -140 / Draw +295 / Aston Villa +400
- Spread (Asian handicap): Manchester United -0.5 (+100) / Aston Villa +0.5 (-110)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over -120 / Under +100
- Both teams to score: Yes -130 / No +100