It’s Champions Elect Versus Relegation Battlers at Old Trafford.

Michael Carrick.
Michael Carrick.

Manchester United have a chance of winning the Premier League trophy on Monday, Reds fans around the world will be delighted to tune into Monday Night Football for the clash between relegation battlers, Aston Villa and potential champions, Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Aston Villa find themselves in a relegation scrap, but the Midlanders have lost just one of their last five fixtures, winning three and drawing one. A feat that is quite better than United’s who had somewhat slowed down towards the end of the season with just one win in four games, representing the Reds’ worst form of the campaign. Of course Sir Alex’s men still hold a 13- points lead over rivals Manchester City, who lost their match with Tottenham 3-1 at White Hart Lane on Sunday, presenting United the chance to win the title on Monday.
Ashley young has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury, which denies the winger the opportunity to go against his former Club. This fixture seems to have come too soon for Paul Scholes, who is still recovering from a knee injury.
Gabriel Agbonlahor will face a late fitness test due to a thigh injury, but Chris Herd (ankle), Marc Albrighton (ankle), Gary Gardner (knee) and Richard Dune (groin) are all ruled out.
Both clubs were in action back in November; Aston Villa had gone two goals up at Villa Park courtesy of an Andreas Weimann’s brace. Half time substitute, Javier Harnandez came on for the Reds to inspire a 3- 2 victory in favour of the travelling fans. Chicharito’s hat- trick broke Villa fans’ hearts on that day.
The player to watch in tonight’s fixture is Villa’s Belgian striker, Christian Benteke, just ask Chris Smalling, who was bundled off the ball back in November by the striker in the lead- up to Villa’s first goal.
Sir Alex was quick to acknowledge the strength of this Villa side who are currently in a fight to keep their heads above water:
“We expect a scrap. You expect a team to fight for everything when they are down there. That’s the least you expect, Villa, as they showed against Stoke City, have a bit of life about them,” he said.
Referee Anthony Taylor will take charge of the officiating.

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