United are currently in the midst of a very impressive winning run in the Premier League and Europe of seven games following their late comeback to win in Braga 3-1 on Wednesday evening.
Slowly but surely momentum is starting to build at Old Trafford after an inconsistent start to the season that saw them drop points in places they normally wouldn’t.
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In truth, the last thing Aston Villa need at the moment is a visit from the 12-time Premier League champions as they have the started the season rather sloppily under new manager Paul Lambert.
Prior to their win away at Sunderland last weekend, Villa had been flirting with the relegation zone after only taking six points from their first nine games.
The markets have United as huge favourites for the clash. Ladbrokes have reported plenty of interest around the 8/15 mark on an away win, whilst Bet365’s 1/2 quotes have also seen punters piling on.
The reason behind the plunge probably lies in United’s past records against Villa. Manchester United’s unbeaten run of 16 Premier League games at Villa Park is the longest of any team away from home at one single opponent.
Sir Alex Ferguson is well aware of his side’s dominance in the Midlands and always puts out a side that is confident of victory. Ferguson obviously had one eye on in the match during their midweek clash against Braga, where he rested a number of first-team player who should be fit and raring to go this weekend.
Robin Van Persie changed the game in Braga when he came off the bench to ignite a late revival for his side to win 3-1, with all three goals coming in the last 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, Villa, who have only lost home game this season, drawing two and winning the other, are pretty weak in the betting markets.
Usually a home side in a Premier League game have more focus on them than the Villains have seen in the build-up to the match from punters.
The 5/1 (Ladbrokes) has hardly been touched by even the most hardened of Villa followers for a home win and it could even drift out come kick off on Saturday night. Aston Villa have only won one of the last 33 Premier League meetings with United. They have drawn nine of those however and that result can be backed at 100/30 (Bet365).
All might not be lost for Villa though, as only Steven Gerrard (5) has scored more goals against Manchester United since August 2006 in the Premier League than Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.
He is in good form too, as he notched the winner against Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light last weekend.
Due to the overwhelming dominance of Manchester United in almost all the markets, Agbonlahor looks a very fair price around the 10/1 (Bet365) mark to score first against the Reds.
A safer option may be taking the security of him scoring any time, and that can be backed at 11/4 with Paddy Power.
United have come from behind to win 12 points this season, more than any other side and it might be time to start taking advantage of this recurring trait.
Ladbrokes have rather generously priced up United at 7/2 to come from behind in the match to win.
This does look a tall order on paper, but Villa are likely to start fast in front of a passionate home crowd and could notch an early goal. That will only pump United up a gear and a comeback should be expected.