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Aston Villa vs Man United

Published:Friday | December 19, 2014 | 12:16 AM

VILLA (4-3-3)

GUZAN, BAKER, OKORE, SENDEROS, CISSOKHO, N'ZOGBIA, SANCHEZ, DELPH, WEIMANN, BENTEKE, AGBONLAHOR

MAN UTD (3-5-2)

WILSON, VAN PERSIE, YOUNG, MATA, ROONEY, FELLAINI, VALENCIA, EVANS, CARRICK, JONES, DE GEA

Manchester United have won their last six Barclays Premier League games, their best sequence since March 2013, when they enjoyed seven straight victories.

And they should arrive at Aston Villa in confident mood; in a total of 21 Premier League visits, United have won 13, drawn six and lost only two.

They are unbeaten in their last 18 visits; Villa last beat United at Villa Park in August 1995. Since that defeat United have won 12 and drawn six.

Overall, United have won their last seven games, home and away, against Villa and are unbeaten in nine.

Villa, who last beat United in December 2009 at Old Trafford, have won more points away this season with only eight of their of their 19 coming at Villa Park.

Paul Lambert's team has also scored the fewest home goals in the Premier League with just six. However, the 1-0 defeat at West Brom on Saturday ended a five-match run without loss.

To add to their problems, Villa will be without three players through suspension or ineligibility. Tom Cleverley will miss out on facing his parent club, but is banned any way after receiving five yellow cards.

Kieran Richardson also misses out against his former club after being red-carded at WBA. And Alan Hutton is also absent after he, too, was cautioned for the fifth time (at Albion) and is banned.

United, meanwhile, miss Danny Blind, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling while there are tests for Marcos Rojo, Rafael and Angel Di Maria.