The new year starts with Premier League action for Aston Villa as Dean Smith’s men look to kick off 2021 on a high.
Villa travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United tonight (Friday), knowing that they can close the gap on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to just one point and move up to as high as third place in the table.
Both teams go into the New Year’s Day game in good form. Villa came from behind to record a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their last game, while Marcus Rashford’s last gasp strike gave United a valuable 1-0 win over Wolves.
Ahead of the game, Man United fans have taken to social media to give their thoughts, with most looking up to closing the gap to rivals Liverpool at the top of the table.
Here is what some had to say.
John : If Villa go all out attack against us later tonight like what Leeds and Leipzig did, we’ll pick them apart. Would be interesting to see how they set up. #MUFC
Drew : Every game feels massive now. We’ve got another Jack Grealish OT audition tnite, he’ll put on an inevitable clinic & Villa are such a good side nowadays. Will be tough #MUFC
Red Psych : Not going to be an easy game today, Villa have more to play for, hoping the boys do us proud #Mufc
Chunky : Not sure how the result will pan out tonight, but have a feeling about tonight’s game with Villa. Think it’s going to be a cracker regardless. #mufc
SaiN : Tonight is another final and hope the players show up with full focus. Not to concede in first 15mins and make sure they take the game seriously not to underestimate Aston Villa
Fred must start to mark Grealish and hope Bissaka developed something in his game #MUFC @ManUtd
United Unravelled : Big game today!
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All games are critical if we wanna be ambitious but Villa this year more dangerous and can create a gap between us for top 4 too!
Not the end of the world if we drop pts but win can make a big statement.
Hoping for a win in any way
#MUFC #MUNAVL #UtdUnravelled
Darren : Match day huge game for us. Are we the real pretenders. Or are we where we are cause we deserve to be. Villa will be as tricky as any side we could face. They have confidence and a way of playing. Hopefully a fresh Fred and Mcktominay sort them out. #MUFC