Contrasting fortunes at Old Trafford tonight
As one side is only three points away from a record twentieth league title, so are their opponents in need of three vital points to secure top-flight football next season.
April 22nd, 2013
It’s all to play for on both sides at Old Trafford tonight, as City’s weekend slip-up against Spurs means that Manchester United need only three points from the next fifteen available to win the Premier League having dropped only five from the past thirty, while tonight’s opponents Aston Villa have mustered only thirteen; it’s a form run which nonetheless could be enough despite some of their relegation rivals’ weekend wins.
The two teams’ common link will not be appearing tonight; United winger Ashley Young has been ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining an ankle injury, while Paul Scholes is likely to miss out with a knee problem.
Villa should be boosted by the return of forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, who missed the home draw with Fulham last weekend.
If United clinch the title with a win tonight, their collective minds could even look to the next milestone attainable this season – overtaking Chelsea’s 95-point haul of 2005 to set a new record of the three-point era.
Villa won’t concern themselves with such a feat if they deny United a victory tonight – in the Premier League relegation battle, every point is precious.