Aston Villa v Manchester United: Pick of the stats

Here are the key facts and figures before Sunday's game between Aston Villa and Manchester United in the Premier League.

  • Since winning 15 home Premier League games in a row between March and December 2023, Aston Villa have won one of their past three, only conceding one fewer goal in the past three games (six) than they did across their entire 15 game winning run (seven).

  • Manchester United have won 17 of their 28 Premier League away games against Aston Villa – only the Red Devils themselves (19 against Everton) have beaten an opponent on the road more often in the competition.

  • Aston Villa’s 5-0 win over Sheffield United was their third Premier League win of the season by four or more goals (also 4-0 vs Everton and 6-1 vs Brighton). That is as many wins by four or more goals as they have had in their previous three seasons combined.

  • Only three teams have faced more shots in the Premier League this season than Manchester United (355), whose average of 15.4 shots faced per game is their most in a season on record (2003-04 onwards). Villa, meanwhile, are averaging 14.6 shots per game (335 in 23 games), also their most in a Premier League season on record.

  • Ollie Watkins has been directly involved in 38 goals in 47 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa under Unai Emery (24 goals, 14 assists), averaging a goal or assist every 107 minutes. Of Villa players to play at least 1,000 minutes under a manager in the Premier League, only Christian Benteke under Tim Sherwood (goal/assist every 96 mins) has a better average.

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