This slip-up has once again allowed Manchester City fans to dream of a possible title triumph, although United will surely stretch their lead at the top to at least five points on Sunday against a Villa side that are anxiously looking over their shoulder.
The champions are a best price 1/4 (Paddy Power free bets) to claim victory and they are rock solid at home, having recently beaten Fulham and QPR even if the performances were a little nervy. We might see them come out of the traps flying in this match and the 4/6 about United leading at half-time and full-time looks attractive.
Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez were both hooked on the hour at Wigan, although the same strike pairing will probably be fielded for this contest, with odds of 13/5 (Betfred) available about the former scoring first and 12/1 that he manages a hat-trick.
Alex McLeish’s team are six points above the drop at the time of writing, with Aston Villa having struggled for wins all season. Seven wins in 32 matches tells its own story and the one positive they can take to Old Trafford is that the Midlands club have only lost four times on the road, one less than Manchester City.
Therefore, perhaps a draw isn’t completely out of the question and odds of 11/2 are available about this one ending all square, while a surprise victory for the visitors is on offer at 14/1.