24′ Goal Bertrand Isidore Traoré
22′ CHALLENGE! Targett is in the right place at the right time to prevent Rashford from latching on to Greenwood’s miscued strike at the back post. The forward would have had a tap-in if not for the Villa left-back.
20′ It has been a competitive game thus far. Both teams have enjoyed periods of possession, although there has been a lack of clinical edge.
18′ United are being forced to defend their penalty area against a series of crosses from the home side. Maguire and company have been solid thus far.
16′ CHANCE! Pogba releases Rashford in the final third and the forward offloads towards Fernandes. However, the Portuguese takes a loose first touch and sends his right-footed strike wide of the left post.
14′ Villa have absorbed the early pressure from the Red Devils and are beginning to work their way into the contest.
12′ OVER! Traore latches on to a cross from McGinn from the right flank that Shaw fails to clear. He goes for a quick effort on the volley that is deflected over by the boot of Maguire.
11′ The Villa corner comes to nothing as Targett gets his delivery to the back post wrong. United have a goal-kick to clear their lines.
11′ McGinn sends Targett down the left flank and he tries to deliver a low cross into the box. Wan-Bissaka is there to divert his cross behind for a corner.
9′ SAVE! United find success down the left flank between Pogba and Shaw, who double-team the stranded Cash. Pogba cuts inside, but is crowded out before he can shoot. Fred takes over and aims a left-footed effort at goal, only to send his strike straight at Martinez.
8′ United have enjoyed a fast start to the contest and are putting the home side under a lot of pressure.
7′ Pogba tries to place a left-footed strike into the bottom-right corner, but Martinez is able to make a comfortable save on this occasion.
6′ SAVE! Shaw surges into the left-inside channel following a one-two with Rashford and he hammers a left-footed strike towards goal, but Martinez produces a solid stop before Targett clears the rebound.
4′ Rashford cuts in from the left flank to fire at goal. His effort is deflected and loops towards Greenwood at the back post. The forward places it back across the face of goal, but there’s no team-mate there to capitalise.
1′ McGinn takes an early knock following a challenge by Fred. He takes a little while to get into full stride after the tackle.
1′ We’re underway at Villa Park.
Aston Villa have picked up just one win in their last 44 Premier League games against Manchester United (D11 L32) and are winless in their last 16 against them since a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in December 2009.
United have made four changes to their side that was beaten by Roma during the week. Cavani drops to the bench and is replaced by Rashford, while McTominay returns to the midfield in place of Van de Beek. Henderson ousts De Gea from between the posts, and Lindelof slots back into the back four as Bailly drops to the bench.
Villa are unchanged from their win over Everton last time out. Smith keeps faith with the same line-up which sees Barkely operate behind Watkins in the final third. Traore and El Ghazi will provide support from the flanks. Villa are still without the injured Jack Grealish, although the England midfielder is nearing a comeback.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: David de Gea, Eric Bailly, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Brandon Williams, Donny van de Beek, Axel Tuanzebe.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): Dean Henderson; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Fred; Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba; Marcus Rashford.
ASTON VILLA SUBS: Tom Heaton, Wesley, Marvelous Nakamba, Ahmed El Mohamady, Kourtney Hause, Keinan Davis, Jacob Ramsey, Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Carney Chukwuemeka.
ASTON VILLA (4-2-3-1): Emiliano Martinez; Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett; Douglas Luiz, John McGinn; Bertrand Traore, Ross Barkley, Anwar El Ghazi; Ollie Watkins.
United booked their place in the final of the Europa League during the week, despite their 3-2 defeat to Roma in the second leg of their semi-final clash. Their loss ended a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be overly concerned with the result. The Red Devils can take a significant step foward in their pursuit of second place with a win this afternoon. Their top-four spot is all but secure, but they will want their domestic campaign to end on a strong note.
Villa still harbour ambitions of finishing in the top half of the Premier League and it remains more than a possibility after their 2-1 win over Everton last week. Dean Smith’s men secured the victory on the road over the Toffees courtesy of strikes from Ollie Watkins and Anwar El Ghazi, ending a run of three matches without a win in the process. The Villains know they have to up the ante against United and it will take their best to claim another victory this afternoon.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park.