Curtis Davies has warned Aston Villa to be wary of a Manchester United backlash in Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
The Villa defender is aware the Red Devils will be smarting after the home mauling by Liverpool and the shock away defeat against Fulham in their last two games.
Davies said: "This weekend's game is obviously going to be a very tough test for us. I actually think it's made even harder by the fact that United have lost their last two games."
He added: "They will be looking to win to keep Liverpool at arm's length at the top of the table.
"They have three suspensions to key players - Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes - but they're able to bring in international replacements in all those positions.
"This just shows the depth of their squad."
Davies knows Villa have to bounce back from their own 5-0 hammering by Liverpool as they look to end a run of eight games without a win in all competitions.
Villa have slipped three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal after collecting only one point from their last five matches.
Davies said: "We have to be positive. We certainly can't feel too sorry for ourselves after the defeat at Anfield. We just have to pick ourselves up for another big game.
"We have to stay positive about our top-four chances too. If we don't we might as well give up now."
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