Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their derby day disappointment when they take on Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
The champions welcome back Nemanja Vidic from suspension though fellow defenders Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are doubtful with hamstring and calf problems respectively and Robin van Persie remains out with a knee injury.
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Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has called for Manchester United to finish the season strongly and secure qualification for the Europa League, according to the Mirror.
The reigning Premier League champions sit eighteen points behind league leaders Chelsea after Tuesday evening’s 3-0 home defeat to neighbours Manchester City.
Manchester United’s ever decreasing hopes of clinching a top four spot appear to be all but over after they were easily beaten by Manchester City at Old Trafford yesterday evening.
Title favourites City took the lead inside the first minute, with Edin Dzeko turned the ball in after Samir Nasri’s initial effort came back off the post.
Manchester United will be hoping to continue their winning momentum when they take on neighbours Manchester City at Old Trafford this evening.
The Premier League champions can move to within two points of fifth place Tottenham Hotspur with victory over their fierce rivals, and close the gap on City to nine points.
Manchester United kept alive their slim hopes of securing a top four finish with a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday afternoon.
Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in superb fashion on just eight minutes, lobbing Hammers’ keeper Adrian from just inside the hosts’ half.
Manchester United will be hoping to take the momentum gained from Wednesday evening’s Champions League last sixteen second leg victory over Olympiakos when they travel to West Ham United in Saturday’s late kick-off in the Premier League.
Top scorer Robin van Persie could feature despite being stretchered off at Old Trafford midweek, while Jonny Evans is also pushing for a return after missing almost two months through injury.
A hat-trick from Robin van Persie helped secure Manchester United’s progress into the Champions League quarter finals, as the Premier League side beat Olympiakos 3-0 at Old Trafford yesterday evening.
United, who needed to win by a three goal margin in order to remain in the competition, took the lead on twenty-five minutes when Van Persie converted a penalty he himself had won, after being barged in the back by Jose Holebas.
Manchester United will be without defensive pair Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans for this evening’s crucial Champions League last sixteen second leg against Olympiakos at Old Trafford.
Juan Mata will also be absent having already represented Chelsea in this season’s competition, while Nani remains side-lined with hamstring problem though Javier Hernandez could feature.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has admitted that his side must ‘attack from the first minute’ as they try to salvage something from a disappointing campaign against Olympiakos in the second leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie, according to the Mirror.
The reigning Premier League champions fell to a ninth league defeat of the season in humiliating fashion at the weekend, losing 3-0 to fierce rivals Liverpool in a result which all but ended their slim hopes of finishing in the top four.
Manchester United’s slim chances of securing a top four finish this season all but ended after losing 3-0 to Liverpool
at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Penalty kicks either side of half time from Steven Gerrard gave the visitors a comfortable lead, while Luis Suarez put the result beyond any doubt with a neat finish six minutes from time.