How to watch Man Utd vs Aston Villa pre-season friendly in Australia

Manchester United and Aston Villa will meet in Australia for a pre-season friendly as both continue their preparations for the already imminent 2022/23 Premier League season.

This isn’t the first match for either this summer, with United so far beating Liverpool and Crystal Palace in early statement performances under new manager Erik ten Hag. Villa, meanwhile have already faced Leeds, with both also playing against local Australian clubs.

Last season’s meetings saw Villa win 1-0 at Old Trafford, followed by a 2-2 draw at Villa Park later in the campaign. There was also a 1-0 win for United in an FA Cup tie.

Youngster Will Fish had a bit of a nightmare against Crystal Palace, sent off in the final stages of the game after being given a chance to impress. Ten Hag appears to be getting closer to a preferred lineup, opting to delay some substitutions into the second half in that game.

Manchester United pre-season squad

David de Gea, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Tyrell Malacia, Amad Diallo, Fred, Raphael Varane, Diogo Dalot, Tom Heaton, Luke Shaw, Jadon Sancho, Alex Telles, Facundo Pellistri, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Nathan Bishop, Donny van de Beek, Anthony Elanga, James Garner, Axel Tuanzebe, Scott McTominay, Matej Kovar, Ethan Laird, Tahith Chong, Hannibal Mejbri, Alejandro Garnacho, Charlie Savage, Zidane Iqbal.

Steven Gerrard has taken a large squad to Australia, including a number of youngsters. Against Leeds, it was primarily more senior players involved.

Aston Villa’s pre-season squad

Emiliano Martínez, Robin Olsen, Oliwier Zych, Filip Marschall, Ashley Young, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne, Ezri Konsa, Calum Chambers, Diego Carlos, Matty Cash, Frederic Guilbert, Ludwig Augustinsson, Josh Feeney, Kaine Kesler Hayden, Ben Chrisene, Philippe Coutinho, Boubacar Kamara, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Jacob Ramsey, Emiliano Buendía, Leon Bailey, Marvelous Nakamba, Morgan Sanson, Bertrand Traoré, Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Tim Iroegbunam, Aaron Ramsey, Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, Keinan Davis, Cameron Archer.

Manchester United have shown huge improvement in just a few weeks under Erik ten Hag. That should continue here, although it could be a slightly tougher test now that the season is getting closer and opponents are in better shape.

Villa will be keen to make a statement of their own, but it is difficult to look past a United win.

Prediction: Man Utd 2-0 Aston Villa

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