Manchester United return to Premier League action on Sunday as they host Aston Villa at Old Trafford off the back of an embarrassing 2-1 loss at Astana in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielding an incredibly young side, they were beaten both tactically and mentally in the game. That should not be happening to a club as huge as Manchester United.
United also start the weekend in the bottom half of the Premier League table, with just two wins in their last eight. They came against Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion, whilst Solskjaer’s side have been beaten by West Ham United, Newcastle United and Bournemouth during this run.
Aston Villa may start the weekend just above the relegation zone but their performances have deserved more. They have been unlucky in very late defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool this season among, as well as a referee mistake costing them a stoppage time goal at Crystal Palace.
Dean Smith is a very good tactician and I think he’s a better one than Solskjaer. I also think Aston Villa’s midfield is better than United’s – Jack Grealish is excellent box-to-box, forming a good partnership with Conor Hourihane, whilst John McGinn chips in with his fair share of goals.
Manchester United’s odds are so short, laying them is great value. Backing an away win has to be worth a few quid too.
Best bet: Lay Manchester United at 1.51 with Betfair
Value bet: Aston Villa to win at 7.4 with Betfair