Kick-off: 18.30 (live @ Sky Sport 3)
Manchester United travel to Aston Villa desperate to recover from their Carling Cup upset. A largely second-string Red Devils side were beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace after extra-time at Old Trafford to oust them from the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson apologised to the United fans after that defeat and will be keen to get things back on track at Villa Park to close the gap on City. United are unbeaten on the road in the Barclays Premier League this season, winning four and drawing the other two.
Villa were held to a goalless draw at Swansea last weekend in an encounter overshadowed by the death of Wales manager Speed and will be hoping to take advantage of a wounded United side to claim their first win in three games. Alex McLeish’s side, unbeaten away from home in the league this season, have lost just once at Villa Park – to West Brom in October – while three wins and two draws on home soil have been enough to help them stay in the top half of the table.
Aston Villa: L L D W L D
Man Utd: D L W W W D
• Aston Villa have won only once in 29 games against Manchester United. Villa's 1-0 triumph at Old Trafford in December 2009 was their first victory against United in 25 league and cup matches.
• United's last Premier League defeat at Villa Park came on the opening day of the 1995/96 season. They are unbeaten in 15 subsequent visits - although the last three have all been drawn.
Aston Villa: Lichaj
Man Utd: Cleverley, Owen, Anderson, Berbatov, Fabio da Silva, Rafael da Silva