Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have been largely untouchable this term, having won fourteen of their sixteen home matches and have continued to collect points in recent weeks despite the bitter disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid.
The reverse at Old Trafford really rocked United’s season although a 20th league title will ease the pain and Coral offer a best price 1/4 that the champions-elect become the champions and the champagne corks are popping in the dressing room.
Recent results have been relatively ordinary for the runaway Premier League leaders, with the team being held to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night at Upton Park. Indeed, the visitors twice had to recover from going a goal down to rescue a point and we should also note that they lost recent encounters against Chelsea and City.
At least the last two matches have seen Robin van Persie return to the scoresheet and the Dutchman is a 7/2 chance with Coral to score first which is considerably bigger than the 5/2 on offer with some bookies.
With Suarez set for a big ban, it appears that RVP could land the Premier League Golden Boot for a second season running and he will be confident of filling his boots against an Aston Villa team who are scrapping away at the foot of the division.
The Villans saw Stoke, Sunderland and Norwich all win on Saturday although Wigan’s defeat at West Ham means that the Midlands side remain three points clear of danger and a win on Monday night would help them six clear of the Latics with four games remaining.
While an away win is a 12/1 chance with BetVictor, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Villa can sneak victory in this match against a team who will be impatient to tie up the title and that might get in the way of fluent play from United.
There is also the fact that the visitors have landed some kind of result in nine of their sixteen away matches, with three of their last five games resulting in a victory and that included a recent 3-1 triumph at the Britannia Stadium.
Villa led 2-0 against United in the reverse fixture before the game ended 3-2 in their opponents’ favour although Christian Benteke always gives them a chance with the Belgian enjoying a fine season.