Wayne Rooney has been looking ahead to Manchester United’s game against Aston Villa on Saturday.
United go into the match on a run of six wins in a row and the England striker told his Official Facebook page: “Aston Villa away tomorrow. Looking to get another three points and continue our winning streak!”
Villa have been enjoying a small upturn in fortune as well, despite a 1-0 loss to local rivals West Bromwich Albion last weekend the Villans sit 13th in the Premier League.
United beat Liverpool 3-0 last weekend, with Rooney grabbing the opening goal at Old Trafford. That was the England striker’s sixth goal this season and saw United move three points clear of fourth placed West Ham.
United Team news
The Red Devils’ injury crisis has been easing off and Luke Shaw is back in training after his ankle injury but a Boxing Day return against Newcastle is more likely with Ashley Young expected to start against his former club.
Chris Smalling also remains unavailable but Marcos Rojo could be fit for the match if he has recovered from his thigh injury sustained last weekend.
Fellow Argentine Angel di Maria has been back in training this week and the newly crowned Argentina player of the year could be set for his first game since United’s 3-0 win against Hull at the end of November.
Villa team news
Villa will have to do without several players for the match, Kieran Richardson and Alan Hutton are both serving suspensions and United loanee Tom Cleverley is ineligible.
Good news for Villa fans though is that captain Ron Vlaar could return to the side, the Dutchman came on as a 78th minute substitute against West Brom.
The last meeting between these two sides saw United run out 4-1 winners at Old Trafford with Rooney scoring a brace. Villa haven’t beaten United at home since 1995 with the last meeting at Villa Park ending 3-0 thanks to a Danny Welbeck double and Tom Cleverley.