It is certainly fair to say that this hasn't been the best of weeks for Manchester United manager David Moyes.

While the defending Premier League champions were initially showing signs of slight improvement after a vastly underwhelming start to the new season, the past week has been nothing short of a nightmare for Moyes and the club's vast fanbase, with the narrow midweek Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk unlikely to have done much to lighten the increasingly dark mood.

Last Wednesday's disappointing 1-0 defeat to Everton at Old Trafford was followed up by a rather dismal performance at the same ground against Newcastle on Saturday, with a second-half strike from Yohan Cabaye condemning Manchester United to consecutive home league defeats for the first time in over a decade.

Is if that poor run wasn't enough, Moyes was further rocked today by the news that star striker Robin van Persie is set to miss the next four weeks with a thigh injury sustained during that win over Shakhtar.

In terms of other team news for Moyes, Marouane Fellaini is reportedly struggling with a back problem while Michael Carrick is definitely out.

With that in mind, here GMS attempts to predict the starting lineup for the game at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester United predicted XI to face Aston Villa:

De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Jones, Cleverley; Valencia, Nani, Kagawa; Rooney.

Agree with us? Leave your comments and own predicted lineups below...

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