Man Utd vs Aston Villa: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time & how to watch
Manchester United have had a flying start under the aegis of new manager Erik ten Hag as they have scored 11 goals in just three matches. They will be looking to continue their rich vein of form against Aston Villa as well in their final friendly on Australian soil.
Meanwhile, the claret and blue army also head into this fixture at the back of a narrow 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar in what was their third pre-season friendly.
The match between the two Premier League outfits will be hosted at the magnificent Optus Stadium in Burswood, Australia, and GOAL brings you all of the relevant information when it comes to keeping across the action from Down Under.
It won't be surprising if Ten Hag fields his strongest XI against Villa as the manager is more inclined to give his first-choice players the maximum minutes together as was evident against Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
"We have a squad and as you know, we don't have a lot of time. We need to be ready for the 7th of August. We have experienced players, but we also wanted to give some young talents the chance. I cannot give all the young players the chances they deserve because we have to construct a team," he stated ahead of the clash.
The Dutch manager might stick to the front three of Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford as they have performed well in the previous friendly matches in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo who has not yet joined the squad and wants a move out of Old Trafford.
"It can be. They connect really good together. I think when you see that, you are lucky as a manager. They are a threat, the team has weapons and we need to develop that further," he opined.
It remains to be seen whether Tyrell Malacia is preferred once again at left-back ahead of Luke Shaw and who gets the nod between Donny van de Beek and Scott McTominay as the two players are fighting for the same role.
James Garner and Raphael Varane both missed Tuesday’s game against Crystal Palace – however, the duo has rejoined training and could get some minutes against Villa.
Like United, Villa are unbeaten in their pre-season tour and could pose a tough challenge for Ten Hag's men on Saturday. Manager Steven Gerrard does not want any slip up in their final game of the Australia tour and is looking for a strong finish.
"We’re looking forward to the game and it’s the last push of the tour. The tour has been fantastic so far and we want to finish on a high.
“We’re a couple of weeks out now from a really important start to the season, so we need to turn the dial now. We’ll introduce slightly more game time to individuals now because it’s the right time and they’re ready now because they’ve got the right volume in their legs to really push certain individuals," he stated.
Gerrard is impressed with Coutinho's response and hopes that his former Liverpool teammate along with the academy players can level up their game so that they can pose a threat to the top-six.
"Having Phil Coutinho signed up full-time now, he feels part of it more than he did as a loan player. The academy players have kicked on. Cameron Archer’s loan has moved him up a level. We’ve got Tim and AJ (Aaron Ramsey) coming off the back of an under-19 win and you can see the confidence in them so the squad and the personnel within it is bubbling away really nice.
"We’ve got to believe. It’s not impossible. It’s happened before, you’ve seen it, you’ve seen the Leicester story which was epic. But, outside of that, you see teams like West Ham, you see Wolves, we’ve seen other teams really disrupt the top-six, huge clubs, and we need to take each game at a time," he added.
The former England international will field the best XI possible which means that the fans in Perth can expect the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, and Aaron Ramsey to be in action.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has sent Alejandro Garnacho a pre-season warning
The Man United academy starlet has work to do if he's to convince Erik ten Hag he is worthy of a first-team squad spot
Alejandro Garnacho is the youngest player on Manchester United’s pre-season tour having only turned 18 at the start of the month.
But if he has lofty ambitions, the teenager will still be concerned about having not played a single minute under Erik ten Hag this summer. He’s watched from the sidelines as academy colleagues Zidane Iqbal and Charlie Savage have enjoyed fruitful outings.
Even Hannibal Mejbri got onto the pitch in their last match against Crystal Palace. Of those in the current United tour squad, only Garnacho, James Garner - who’s had injury concerns - and goalkeepers Matej Kovar and Nathan Bishop are yet to get minutes.
Will Fish - who replaced Axel Tuanzebe after the defender left the tour - managed to get an outing despite not being a part of the original squad, albeit it ended early with a red card. Big hopes had been placed on Garnacho.
The Argentine earned his first two senior appearances under Ralf Rangnick last season and memorably lifted the FA Youth Cup at Old Trafford with a double in the final. But he may be concerned by his manager’s warning in Friday’s press conference.
How Antony compares to Cristiano Ronaldo and two other Manchester United forwards
A statistical look at how good Antony is compared United's current attack and why Erik ten Hag so badly wants him at Old Trafford
Erik ten Hag wants to bolster Manchester United's attacking options this summer — and he knows the perfect player to do so.
Antony has been on the Dutchman's radar during this transfer window and when you look at the statistics, it's clear why United are interested. Ten Hag has openly admitted the importance of strengthening his forward line and with the news that Antony's representative have reportedly landed in Manchester for talks, the Ajax winger could well be on his way to Old Trafford.
The Brazilian has attracted interest from United partly because of the admiration from his former manager, but also due to his scintillating form in the Eredivisie. He is a naturally entertaining player to watch and is full of classical Brazilian flair that allows him to utilise his natural pace and dribbling ability to beat his man.
But how does Antony compare to United's current crop of attacking players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho? We look at their statistics from last season's Premier League and Eredivisie campaigns: