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aston-villa-v-man-united-previewManchester United will be looking to extend a long unbeaten run at Aston Villa in the Premier League when they travel to Villa Park on Friday.

Rudy Gestede stepped off the substitutes’ bench to earn Villa a 1-0 win at Bournemouth on the opening weekend, but Tim Sherwood must decide whether to risk the striker from the start after admitting he is still not fully fit.

Sherwood has already confirmed that he will not consider Jack Grealish or Carles Gil despite the duo returning to training.

Manchester United, meanwhile, remain without the suspended Marouane Fellaini and injured Phil Jones, who has mild thrombosis, but Bastian Schweinsteiger says he is close to full fitness as he continues his way back from a calf injury.

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Aston Villa have not beaten Manchester United at home in the Premier League since August 1995 (D7 L12).

The Red Devils have won more games against Aston Villa (32) than any side has against a single opponent in Premier League history.

Aston Villa have won just one of the last 39 Premier League games against Manchester United (L28 D10 W1).

United have scored 21 goals in their last seven Premier League games against Villa, averaging three per game.

Wayne Rooney has scored more Premier League goals against Villa than any other side (13).

Aston Villa have not won their opening two games of a Premier League season since 1999-00.

Since the start of 2013/14, Rudy Gestede has scored 20 headed league goals; more than anyone else in the top four tiers of English football.

Louis van Gaal has used 38 different players for Man Utd in the Premier League since the start of last season; more than any other club in this period.

Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in all three Premier League games that David de Gea has missed since the start of 2013-14.

Excluding Easter and Christmas/New Year fixtures, this is the first Friday night Premier League game since Arsenal 5-0 Leeds United back on April 16th 2004.

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