After conceding two goals and drawing with Spurs last weekend, Manchester United are back at Old Trafford hoping to extend their unbeaten home streak against Aston Villa by 14:00 (GMT+1). Kickoff for this match takes place Sunday April 30th.
Manchester United Settles for 2-2 Draw Against Tottenham After Surrendering Two-Goal Advantage; Marcus Rashford to Lead Red Devils' 11-Game Unbeaten Home Streak into Aston Villa Match; Alejandro Garnacho Inks Contract Extension Through 2028
Manchester United had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Tottenham after they surrendered a two-goal advantage during Thursday night’s two-leg matchup, as outstanding goals by Jadon Sancho [7′] and Marcus Rashford [44′] put them ahead during the opening half. After half-time, Manchester United showed its true colours as Pedro Porro [56′] and Son Heung-Min [79′] scored to bring Tottenham back into the match and make United’s potential victory turn into a draw. After the draw, Ten Hag noted “we had quite an effective performance but we lost control,” with The Red Devils [LWWWD] remaining fourth with 60 points from 18 wins, 6 defeats, and 7 victories respectively. They may have lost two of the last three Premier League matches against Aston Villa, yet are on an 11-game unbeaten home streak (11 Wins, 3 Draws and 0 Losses) within the topflight – making this current run the longest unbeaten home streak currently available to them. Marcus Rashford will lead Manchester United into battle against Aston Villa on Sunday as they aim to extend their unprecedented unbeaten streak at Old Trafford. Alejandro Garnacho inked an extended contract through June 2028 earlier today [Friday], setting him on his path back from an ankle injury that has sidelined him since last December. “Since joining this incredible club, my goals have included making my debut at Old Trafford, scoring my first goal and lifting trophies with its badge on my chest,” the 18-year-old explained in his contract renewal statement. He feels extremely proud and emotional to have already experienced these moments together with his family who has supported him all along his journey.
Aston Villa Secure Narrow 1-0 Win, Aim High with Unai Emery's Europe Aspirations
Aston Villa [WWWDW] claimed a narrow 1-0 victory against Fulham during midweek action. They now occupy sixth place with 54 points after 16W, 6D, and 11L matches played this season. Following Unai Emery’s 3-1 win at Villa Park in the reverse fixture, Aston Villa could complete their first league double over Manchester United since 1954-55. Furthermore, only one of their nine Premier League away games under Emery [6W, 2D, 1L] has resulted in defeat. Unai Emery stated in today’s pre-match press conference, but stressed the “almost impossible” task of qualifying for Europe as his goal. To meet it he could form a 4–2-3-1 formation with Ollie Watkins as an attacking striker to face Manchester United.