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Man Utd vs Aston Villa: Gerrard to upset Red Devils

Kick-off: 1955, 10/01/2022

Stadium: Old Trafford

TV: BBC One

Aston Villa have already beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League this term and travelling there in the FA Cup should hold no fears.

That victory was under Dean Smith but new boss Steven Gerrard will be even more fired up for this tie due to his past Liverpool connection.

Punters can get 2.55 for the visitors to at least avoid defeat in normal time and that is our first Man Utd vs Aston Villa prediction.

Manchester United Odds

Ralf Rangnick’s honeymoon period as interim head coach ended in frustrating fashion when United were beaten 1-0 here by Wolves in the Premier League.

Second-half substitute Bruno Fernandes missed a golden opportunity to put the Red Devils ahead when hitting the crossbar.

In fairness, though, Wanderers had been the better team throughout and grabbed a deserved late decider through Joao Moutinho.

Luke Shaw admitted: “I didn’t feel when I was on the pitch that we were all there together. We felt like we were struggling and it was tough.

“I think you look at our squad, you look at our team, the players we have – we have unbelievable quality, we have great quality.

“But sometimes quality isn’t enough. We need to bring the intensity, we need to bring being more aggressive and we need to bring more motivation.”

Despite bringing in an experienced and highly-respected coach, United continue to look disjointed and even dishevelled at times.

They did previously beat Burnley well enough but were awful in a draw at Newcastle and very nervy during a narrow win at Norwich.

With replays scrapped, extra-time and penalties could be required for this third-round tie, but Man Utd vs Aston Villa odds.

Aston Villa Odds

Admittedly, Gerrard has also been brought back down to earth since starting out with four wins in six Premier League matches as Villa manager.

The midlands outfit have since lost 3-1 at home to Chelsea on Boxing Day and then went down 2-1 when visiting Brentford.

Defender Ezri Konsa told VillaTV: “We’ve conceded five goals in two games now and it’s something we need to stop doing and something we need to improve on.

“How? By going back into the training ground, going back to basics. By going over the game, seeing where we went wrong, seeing what we can do better going into the next game.

“And I think, us as defenders, looking at last season and the way we were hard to beat, that’s something that we need to go back to quickly.”

One plus point against the Bees, though, was Danny Ings putting his injury problems behind him to score for the first time since mid-October.

It’s also worth noting that Villa did break the deadlock in both of those defeats, albeit assisted by a Chelsea own goal.

Even so, 3.25 for them to open the scoring again at Old Trafford is worth adding to our Man Utd vs Aston Villa odds.

Additional stats

Last result:

MAN UTD 0-1 Wolves

Brentford 2-1 ASTON VILLA – Danny Ings

Head-to-head: Man Utd 0-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 1-3 Man Utd, Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 0-3 Man Utd, Man Utd 2-2 Aston Villa

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