Aston Villa vs. Manchester United: Live team sheet

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Manchester United fans will be very excited to learn that Radamel Falcao starts only his third game for the Red Devils this afternoon, deemed fit and ready to fire against Aston Villa.

Falcao has been forced to make do with cameo appearances from the bench since returning from his most recent injury problem - a calf strain that saw him ruled out for nearly a month.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is happy to put the Colombian striker back in his starting XI in search of a seventh successive league victory though, in place of promising youngster James Wilson.

Illness affects United in midfield

Elsewhere Van Gaal has been forced to shuffle things round in midfield, primarily because Marouane Felliani has been ruled out through illness.

Spanish schemer Ander Herrera was firm favourite to fill in for Fellaini at Villa Park but also felt unwell this morning, which means a surprise recall for the experienced Darren Fletcher.

Trio in attack promise much

Despite a whole host of absentees in defensive positions United supporters will be licking their lips at the prospect of finally seeing Falcao alongside Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in attack, particularly against a Villa defence which has already conceded 20 goals this season.

Rooney will play slightly behind Falcao and Van Persie, but given the form the England international is in at the moment he will extremely confident of getting on the scoresheet this afternoon.

Villa Park is traditionally a ground United love to visit, if United can provide a solid defensive base their star strike trio give them a great chance of getting three more precious Premier League points this afternoon.

Another huge plus for United is the return of Angel di Maria, who sits on the subs bench ready to be called upon if Christian Benteke does any damage for the home side.

Aston Villa starting XI: Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Okore, Clark, Cissokho; Sanchez, Delph, Weimann, Agbonlahor; Benteke

Subs: Given, Herd, Bacuna, Robinson, Grealish, Calder

Man United starting XI: De Gea; Jones, Carrick, Evans; Valencia, Fletcher, Mata, Rooney, Young; Van Persie, Falcao

Subs: Lindegaard, Blackett, McNair, Rafael, Di Maria, Januzaj, Wilson

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