Man Utd v Aston Villa preview

Team news for Manchester United's Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Tuesday night (kick-off 8pm).

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Vidic: Back in United's defence

Vidic: Back in United's defence

Sir Alex Ferguson should have significant reinforcements to his defence when United bid to extend their unbeaten run to 24 games.

Patrice Evra will return after a short trip to France following a family bereavement, Edwin van der Sar will reclaim a starting spot off Anders Lindegaard and Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Rafael are all likely to be given the all-clear after recent injuries.

Dimitar Berbatov also sat out Saturday's FA Cup win at Southampton, although whether Wayne Rooney will partner him in attack is open to debate given Javier Hernandez has scored in his last two games.

Aston Villa will give a late fitness test to Gabriel Agbonlahor.

The striker is suffering from a hamstring injury, and is doubtful for the match.

Defender Nathan Baker is suspended and also has a calf injury, while midfielder Fabian Delph is missing due to a knee complaint.

American midfielder Michael Bradley was set to come into contention, pending the completion of his move to Villa from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Manchester United (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Lindegaard, Rafael, O'Shea, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Fabio, Nani, Obertan, Carrick, Fletcher, Scholes, Gibson, Anderson, Giggs, Bebe, Rooney, Berbatov, Hernandez, Owen.

Villa (from): Friedel, L Young, Makoun, Dunne, Downing, A Young, Pires, Agbonlahor, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Heskey, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Clark, Cuellar, Bannan, Collins, Marshall, Bent, Lichaj, Herd, Walker.

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Premier League Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom
Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  
Stoke City v Tottenham  
Swansea v A Villa  
West Brom v West Ham  
17:30
Man Utd v Norwich  
Sunday, 27 April 2014
12:00
Sunderland v Cardiff  
14:05
Liverpool v Chelsea  
16:10
C Palace v Man City  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 52 80
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 35 21 70
5 Everton 35 23 69
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 34 16 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 34 -9 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 35 -28 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Sun, 20 Apr 2014

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