Manchester United host Aston Villa in the Premier League this Saturday, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looking to improve on their midweek loss against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup.
United are one of three teams in the Premier League to not lose a game so far this season, with Solskjaer’s side joint-top of the league table with Liverpool and Chelsea as they continue their hunt for their first league title since 2013.
The last Premier League outing for United saw David De Gea save a last-minute penalty to confirm all three points against West Ham United, but the Hammers got their revenge in the Carabao Cup as they defeated a much-changed United side at Old Trafford midweek.
After a disappointing display from the majority of United’s fringe players on Wednesday, it’s expected that Solskjaer’s line-up will revert to the same squad as last weekend.
Donny van de Beek may be handed a starting spot in the Premier League for the first time this season, though, with the midfielder being one of United’s sparks from midweek.
Edison Cavani could be involved for the home side, while Marcus Rashford is still sidelined.
So, what line-ups will both sides go for? And, what will the final score be? We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction.
Man United vs Aston Villa score predicted using FIFA 22
We used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.
We predict that United could set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with the line-up as follows: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Van de Beek; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo.
And we reckon that Dean Smith’s side could set up in a 3-5-2 formation, with the line-up as follows: Martinez; Konsa, Hause, Mings; Cash, McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey, Targett; Ings, Watkins.
The first half proved a difficult one for United, with Villa defending well and frustrating the home side. Bruno Fernandes had two big chances in the first 45, but Emiliano Martinez denied the Portuguese international with two big saves to keep the score at 0-0 going into the break.
The second half continued in the same fashion as the first, but Villa took a shock lead through substitute Anwar El Ghazi.
A Villa corner was cleared to the edge of the box by United to John McGinn, and the Scots wild volley was sent away from goal and was controlled brilliantly by El Ghazi who fired past De Gea to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post as United looked for an equaliser, and the goal came with under 20 minutes to go through Fernandes.
Luke Shaw’s corner was sent towards the front post, and Fernandes did well to run across the front of Villa substitute Bertrand Traore at the near post. The Portuguese midfielder was first to the ball and his looping header dropped into the far corner to make it 1-1.
Shortly after, Danny Ings put Villa 2-1 up in the 78th minute with a drilled effort inside the box, but with just three minutes of normal time remaining, Fernandes got his and United’s second.
Jadon Sancho was brought off the bench to make an impact, and he did just that when he beat Targett with ease down the left, whipped a cross towards the centre of the box, and Fernandes was on hand to volley home as United came from behind for a second time.
Both sides approached added time with caution, and the game finished with both sides claiming a point each.
FIFA 22 predicted final score: Man United 2-2 Aston Villa
Here are the full-time match stats:
FIFA 22 predicts that a Fernandes brace will help United come from behind on two occasions after goals from El Ghazi and Ings put Villa 1-0 and 2-1 up, with Solskjaer’s side salvaging a point to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.
What do you think the score will be between Man United and Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon? Let us know in the comments!
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