Many pundits have accused this Manchester United side of not being the finest that Sir Alex Ferguson has put together and I would tend to agree with them if it weren’t for the giant chasm between themselves and the rest of the Premier League.
Okay, this perhaps isn’t the ‘best’ United team of the modern era, but their ability to win come rain or shine has seen them cruise to the title when many tipped rivals Manchester City to do the very same after their triumph last season.
They lost a little ground to Roberto Mancini’s men after a midweek draw at West Ham, but that game was yet another example of United’s ability to recover from a setback.
The Red Devils have won an astonishing 28 points from losing positions this season, without which they’d be in sixth place in the Premier League.
And after City’s capitulation at White Hart Lane, United know that they will clinch a record 20th top-flight title on Monday with victory over an Aston Villa side who are still desperately trying to scrape away from the relegation zone.
Paul Lambert will have been buoyed by his side’s 3-1 win at Stoke two weeks ago, but dropping two points at home to Fulham last time out could prove costly.
However, before you completely dismiss the idea of the Midlands club coming away from Old Trafford with anything, consider this.
They may well ‘need’ the win to ensure their safety in the top flight, they have one of the in-form strikers in the league in Christian Benteke and you can’t discount complacency on United’s part given the lack of pressure from City, which is arguably what cost them a win at Upton Park.
It must also be remembered that a Blackburn side who struggled relentlessly last season (and this season) were able to win on United’s patch, so if you think Villa can pull off a near miracle, then odds of 11/1 will be your reward.
If you’re not quite that optimistic then you can back the draw at 11/2, with United’s propensity for conceding possibly leading to more dropped points against a team in claret and blue.
However, I can’t deny it: I cannot see past United getting the job done, especially as Robin van Persie has started to find the net again.
They were beaten on home soil by Tottenham early in the season, but from that point on have swept all aside with ruthless efficiency, winning their other 14 league games at Old Trafford up until their derby loss to City.
Even at their best, Villa are no Spurs or City, and with the scent of the title in their nostrils, it seems almost certain that United will claim the three points required to secure the English crown.
They are at particularly short odds of 1/5, but if you want something a little more adventurous then my scoreline tip is a 3-1 win for the home side.
A combination of the Reds’ occasionally erratic back line and the presence of Benteke should mean Villa are good for a goal, but United are more than capable of still running out comfortable winners and 64% of their games see over 2.5 goals.
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