Aston Villa will host Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday, January 15. Recently the two sides faced each other in the FA Cup 3rd round where United beat Villa with a 1-0 score and advanced to the fourth round. Currently, the Red Devils are 7th in the league table, while Villa are 14th. Ahead of the game, BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson stated his prediction.
Aston Villa were hard done by when they lost at Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday night, and I reckon they will reverse that result at Villa Park. New Villa midfielder Philippe Coutinho will be available#, but I don't know whether he will start because he has not played many minutes recently. He'll probably be on the bench and if they need a lift - and a trick or two - they can bring him on. It is United who have got more problems at the moment, though. I really thought we would see an improvement under Ralf Rangnick. Their results haven't been that bad, other than their loss to Wolves at the start of the year, but their performances have mostly been poor and there are obviously some deep-rooted problems inside the club that need to be sorted out.Lawrenson's prediction: 2-1.
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