Just five days after Manchester United knocked Aston Villa out of the FA Cup, the teams will be meeting again, this time at Villa Park, with United needing all three points to keep within touching distance of the top four.
The tie on Monday was poor for both teams, neither team was able to take control of the game and give the opposing team a sustained period of problems in the game, with the deciding goal coming only eight minutes into the game by Scott McTominay.
When Ralf Rangnick switched up the formation late in the game to a 4-4-2 diamond, bringing on Donny Van de Beek, giving United got more control in the midfield by putting extra bodies in there, this period also saw United create more chances in the game, with Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood finding more space with the Villa defenders pushing up the pitch.
With the defeat on Monday, it is now three defeats in the row for Steven Gerrard, four defeats in five games, but their performance at Old Trafford showed they have the ability to defend well and create opportunities to threaten United on the counter with their quality.
Villa has some potential new signings for this fixture, Phillip Coutinho and Lucas Digne could make their debuts for the club on Saturday, adding Champions League quality players to a Villa side that already has a lot of quality players in it.
Rangnick will have a choice to make this weekend with Marcus Rashford, it is well known his form has fallen off a cliff in recent months, and his performance on Monday was very worrying, with his body language showcasing someone very short on confidence.
The opposite when he came on was Anthony Elanga, when he was introduced, he looked very confident, beating players, being a threat down the left-hand side, and rowing up the crowd for the last few minutes, giving Rangnick a reason for him to be picked for this game.
The last time Aston Villa beat United at home in the league was August 1995, with Dwight Yorke amongst the goals for Villa and September saw Villa beat United for the first time since 2009.
A boost for United is that midfielder John McGinn is suspended for this fixture after picking up too many yellow cards. Midfielder Marvelous Nakamba and forward Leon Bailey will be out for this fixture with injuries, whilst forwards Trezeguet and Bertrand Traore are away at AFCON.
After missing the game on Monday, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Phil Jones, and Harry Maguire should all be back available for selection for this fixture. Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw are both suspended for this game, Paul Pogba is still out injured, Anthony Martial is out of contention after trying to move away and Eric Bailly is away at AFCON.