Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa The United players are starting to get frustrated. I’m not surprised – so far they have been outplayed by an excellent Villa side. But they almost stole the lead moments ago when Maguire’s header was superbly saved by Emi Martinez.
Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa Another excellent change goes begging for Villa. This time it was Ezri Konsa, who headed Douglas Luiz’s corner over the bar from six yards.
Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa United have been forced into an early substitution because of an injury to Luke Shaw. He’s replaced by Diogo Dalot.
GOAL! Alaves 1-0 Atletico (Laguardia 4)
A goal! Victor Laguardia has given Alaves the lead against the champions Atletico Madrid. It was a simple goal: a deep corner from the right and an emphatic downward header that kicks off the pitch to beat Oblak.
Chelsea 0-0 Man City City have had 70 per cent of the possession at Stamford Bridge, but neither side has had a shot on target.
Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa Villa are causing United a lot of problems with their pressing, as they did Chelsea for much of the game at Stamford Bridge a few weeks ago.
“Rob, do you mind if I pay only occasional attention to what’s going on in your reports?” says Charles Antaki. “I’ve just got hold of a copy of Football, She Wrote and I’m settling down on the sofa to read women’s writing on football, starting the story in 1881 and moving rapidly on. Terrific so far. Everybody should buy it. Also they should read your minute-by-minute, but I’m sure they do that anyway.”
The book looks great, and it’s particularly nice to see Kate Battersby among the contributors; I loved reading her stuff when I was growing up.
Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa It’s a good game, very open. Fernandes slips his man on the right of the box and hits a low cross that eventually comes to Pogba on the edge of the area. His shot takes a big deflection and drifts wide of the far post.
Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa Another excellent chance for Villa. Maguire gives a dodgy backpass to de Gea, who hits it straight at Watkins 15 yards from goal. He drives a low shot that de Gea saves well with his feet.
Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa Mason Greenwood misses a good chance at the other end, shooting straight at Martinez when Fernandes was better placed.
Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa Matt Targett misses a great chance to give Villa the lead! Cash got the wrong of Shaw and slid a precise low cross to his fellow wing-back Targett, four yards from goal at the far post. He lumped it into orbit.
Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa Nothing much is happening at Old Trafford, or Stamford Bridge for that matter. We’ve had 15 minutes in both games.
Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa Villa have come to play, and have probably had more of the ball in the first 10 minutes. They’re not remotely afraid of playing the big sides away from home.
“A Premier League game rearranged because of a Courteeners gig?” sniffs Matt Dony. “What next? Put off the boxing because Scouting For Girls are in town? Interrupt the Ryder Cup so we can all enjoy an Editors show? Strewth.”
Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa Bruno Fernandes has missed an early chance at Old Trafford, walloping over from the edge of the area with his left foot.
“Today is a nice chance for both sets of fans to salute a great veteran with an unbreakable pro attitude: Ashley Young,” says Duncan Edwards. “I don’t know if he’ll pop up with a matchwinning contribution but have no doubt he’s still capable of inducing suicidal or homicidal thoughts with his protracted attempts to take a bloody throw in.”
Timo Werner starts at Stamford Bridge, where the European champions host the English champions. Follow that one with Will Unwin.
Man Utd v Aston Villa team news
Both teams are as expected. Next!
Manchester United (4-2-3-1) de Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo. Substitutes: Heaton, Dalot, Lindelof, Lingard, Matic, van de Beek, Cavani, Martial, Sancho.
Aston Villa (3-5-2) Martinez; Konsa, Mings, Hause; Cash, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Ramsey, Targett; Ings, Watkins. Substitutes: Steer, Bogarde, A Young, Nakamba, Chukwuemeka, Buendia, Traore, El Ghazi, Archer.
Referee Mike Dean.
Hello there. Another Saturday, another clockwatch. We’re starting early this week, a gift (sic) for which you can thank the Courteeners. They’re playing the other Old Trafford tonight, with the first support band due on at 5pm, so the match between Manchester United and Aston Villa has been moved to lunchtime. It’s one of six Premier League games we’ll be following, including the biggie between Chelsea and Manchester City. Will Unwin is your man for that and so much more.
It’s an important day at the bottom of the Premier League as well. Leeds, Burnley and Newcastle are looking for their first win, Norwich for their first point. And Leicester will hope to push things forward after their false start to the season.
Elsewhere, the champions of Scotland and Spain are in action, as are the resurgent AC Milan. They will go top of Serie A, for a few hours at least, if they win at Spezia.
These are today’s featured games, all 3pm BST kick-offs unless stated.