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Written by Ciaran Coyle

Manchester United will be looking to cement their place in second whilst Aston Villa have a top-half finish in their sights as the two sides battle it out at Villa Park.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will no doubt be in good spirits ahead of Sunday’s game after securing their place in the Europa League final on Thursday night, despite losing 3-2 on the night in Rome.

Villa haven’t been in the best form as of late, but they will be able to secure back-to-back wins in the Premier League with victory over United. It would be the first time since December last year the Villans would be able to secure two wins on the bounce.

The visitors will be the obvious favourites to take all three points back to Old Trafford with the Red Devils looking to extend their unbeaten streak on the road in the league, a run which stretches back to the start of last year.

Fans of the Midlands-based side will not have their confidence boosted ahead of this game by the fact that their side have not beaten a team occupying one of the top two spots in the Premier League in just under seven years when they managed to beat Chelsea 1-0 in March 2014.  

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It’s likely Solskjaer will look to make changes from the side who were defeated by Roma on Thursday night with the prospect of three games in five days for his side. Daniel James remains out of the squad through injury whilst Anthony Martial could be in contention after returning to first team training in the week

Villa will be without midfielder Jack Grealish, who looks set to miss his 12th game in succession after sustaining an injury to his shin.

Anwar El Ghazi is likely to start in place of Trézéguet with the Egyptian forward set for a long spell on the side-lines after undergoing knee surgery. 

Sub-edited by Cameron Winstanley

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