Aston Villa at Manchester United: Place your orders please

Where do I start? Last time out we drew with Stoke and Manchester United were beaten by Wigan. What do you think will happen today? Actually, rather than what you think will happen, what do you think the manager will say after the match?

Maybe something along the lines of, right after Wigan beat Manchester United, that we can not be expected to compete with the likes of Manchester United? Or maybe he'll say something about having to play the younger players?

Hell, maybe we will get lucky and win and then he'll take all the credit for himself? The village idiot will say what he has to say.

Predicting the future and a remarkable job

But there is an inevitability about Alex McLeish and that is, he will not be the manager for much longer. He doesn't know what his responsibilities are managing a team like Aston Villa and that is the one hope we have - we get to certain safety and the club let him go, but it has been a horrible experience and hopefully one the owner has learnt from.

But maybe the owner likes having a struggling team. He is sort of used to it. But hopefully it is different with us and hopefully Manchester United play a weakened team today and it gives us hope. Maybe the 'remarkable job' that McLeish has done at Aston Villa all falls into place today.

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But, we know one thing; there is a match today at 4pm and we know that it is Aston Villa so for ninety minutes we will watch. For a few minutes before kick off, we might even start to think that we can get something.

We will be happy with a point. We'll call it a victory if we get it. Results went for us yesterday, but they were always going to. Today, is football and today is Aston Villa. Time for fight and if we play as many of the younger players as we have done in previous weeks, we will see something we haven't seen at Aston Villa for a while, so here is hoping.

The players

Shay Given, Alan Hutton, James Collins, Nathan Baker, Eric Lichaj, Barry Bannan, Gary Gardner, Ciaran Clark, Stephen Ireland, Andreas Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor. On the bench: Guzan, Johnson, Delfouneso, Heskey, N'Zogbia, Cuellar and Carruthers.