United will be desperate to correct their midweek slip-up at Wigan when they host struggling Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Sunday and they are long odds-on at a best of 1.25 with Betfred and Paddy Power to get back to winning ways.
The Premier League leaders suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at the DW Stadium, allowing second-placed City to cut their lead to five points with five games to play.
They now find themselves under unexpected pressure, but this represents a golden opportunity for they look to widen the gap once more.
Sir Alex Ferguson side, who had stormed to eight consecutive wins ahead of Wednesday’s upset, have only lost twice at Old Trafford this season and have not dropped a point there since New Year’s Eve.
They have also conceded just one goal in that period, and Alex McLeish’s men are currently 15th in the table and six points clear of safety but have won just one of their last 10 league encounters.
The Midlanders were held 1-1 at home to Stoke on Easter Monday and have only won on one of their last 26 visits to Old Trafford.
That’s grim reading for their fans, especially as the Red Devils have scored three or more in six of their last eight PL games at home against the Villans.
They have also won every won all nine Premier League games that Paul Scholes has started this season, and the evergreen midfielder is expected to feature again after being rested in their midweek defeat.
It really should be a case of how many United win by, and I expect them to put two or three past Villa without reply.
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