Manchester United are set to face Aston Villa at Old Trafford in a crucial Boxing Day clash, and the match will be exclusively live on talkSPORT.
The Red Devils, currently facing challenges in various competitions, aim to conclude 2023 on a positive note after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to West Ham.
Erik ten Hag’s team will confront Villa before their upcoming match against Nottingham Forest, and securing six points becomes vital to close the year on a high note.
However, facing Unai Emery’s formidable side, currently in the Premier League’s top four and actively participating in the title race, presents a formidable challenge.
In the history of English league football, Manchester United and Aston Villa lead in Boxing Day victories with 53 and 46 wins, respectively.
United, undefeated in the last 19 fixtures on this day, holds records for the most wins in both the top flight (44) and Premier League (21).
Ten Hag seeks to maintain this impressive streak, bringing positivity back to Old Trafford.
Encouragingly for United, Villa has suffered two consecutive losses on Boxing Day in the last two seasons, losing to Chelsea and Liverpool.
Despite these historical trends, challenging Emery’s side remains a formidable task.
The team news reveals that Diogo Dalot will return from suspension, boosting United’s defense. However, a lengthy injury list, including players like Victor Lindelof, Mason Mount, and Harry Maguire, persists.
Aston Villa’s Pau Torres and Youri Tielemans require assessment, while Tyrone Mings, Emi Buendia, and Robin Olsen remain sidelined.
The match is scheduled for Tuesday, December 26, with kick-off at 8 pm at Old Trafford.
talkSPORT will provide exclusive live coverage, presented by Adam Catterall, featuring commentary from Sam Matterface and former Aston Villa midfielder Ray Houghton.
A live blog of all the action will also be available on talkSPORT.com.