15 Jan 2022 | 04:10
MU will face Aston Villa in round 22 of the English Premier League at 0:30 on January 16 (Hanoi time). Just a few days ago, the two teams also experienced a dramatic battle in the third round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford , with a 1-0 victory in favor of the home team. But this time, the home field advantage belongs to “The Villans”, and this is of course an opportunity for them to take revenge.
Within a few days of the defeat at Old Trafford, Aston Villa had up to 2 extremely quality personnel additions. It is a loan deal from Barcelona in the name of Philippe Coutinho, and another former Barca man is Lucas Digne.
Particularly in the case of Digne, the French left-back costs the Villa Park team up to £ 25 million, a not small number at the moment. As for Coutinho, Aston Villa can buy it permanently for £38 million in June if it wants to prolong the relationship with the Brazilian player.
If everything goes well, Digne and Coutinho are likely to have their Aston Villa debut in the reception for MU . And this will be a big challenge for MU. Coutinho personally faced MU 11 times in his career and only failed 2 times, won 5 and drew 4 matches.
Coutinho also scored important goals against MU. It was a solo phase that helped Liverpool defeat the Manchester red shirt team in 2016 in the Europa League arena. To this day, this is still one of the most memorable moments of this player’s career. Besides, he also scored a beautiful goal to help Barca defeat MU in the quarter-finals of the Champions League 2018/19, before losing to his old team Liverpool in the semi-finals.
Lucas Digne is also a very notable name in recent times. Even if he is no longer in the plans of coach Rafael Benitez, the French left-back is still being watched by many big teams, most notably Chelsea . However, Digne did not want to go to Stamford Bridge as a “fireman”, so he decided to join Aston Villa to have more opportunities to start.
So the confrontation between Aston Villa and MU will become more unpredictable. Remember on January 11, the “Red Devils” went through many hardships to defeat the team under coach Steven Gerrard 1-0 in the FA Cup.
Aston Villa’s style of play has changed significantly, if not very uncomfortable since coach Gerrard took charge of this team. With the deep feud between Gerrard and MU when he was a Liverpool player, this match will not be easy for coach Rangnick and the “Red Devils”.