Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 1-0 defeat to Wigan during the week when they host Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Prior to the Wigan game, many said that the title was all but United’s, but a shock loss means that they could only be two points clear by the time this game comes around.
With the two Manchester clubs still to meet each other this season as well, there is no way this title race is over and the pressure is on Sir Alex Ferguson’s men this weekend.
After the defeat in the week, Ferguson brushed it off as a bad day at the office, but behind closed doors you imagine that it would have been a very different story. He will be demanding a response from his players on Saturday afternoon.
Aston Villa will not simply roll over for United to get back to winning ways though. Alex McLeish’s men desperately need the points themselves as they continue their quest to confirm their Premier League status for next season.
Going into this weekend, they are six points clear of the bottom three, but with the teams in a relegation scrap regularly picking up vital wins, there is no way that Villa are safe just yet.
Their recent form is very poor too. Villa have not won in four Premier League games, while they have only achieved three points twice in 2012. Therefore, not many are expecting them to get anything this weekend.
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This could assist their approach though. They should try and revel in the underdog tag and take the game to the Premier League Champions. If they start well, who knows what could happen.
When these two teams met earlier in the season, it ended in a narrow 1-0 victory to Manchester United and they are definitely favourites to complete the double.
However, with the pressure on the hosts and Villa in desperate need of the points, it could be a tense and closely fought contest at Old Trafford from 4pm on Sunday.