Manchester United will look to make it four straight wins in all competitions when they travel to Villa Park to play Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Red Devils sit fifth in the rankings with 23 points, one point behind fourth-placed Newcastle United, while Villa are 16th, only one point above the relegation zone.
The 51-year-old found it difficult to make his mark at the Emirates Stadium, but he has since enjoyed a successful period at Villarreal and speaking during his unveiling, Emery said that he was determined to end Villa’s trophy drought and lead them back into European football.
The experienced head coach will be aware of the size of the job that he has taken on, though, with Villa struggling this season, winning three, drawing three and losing seven of their 13 Premier League matches to sit down in 16th position in the table.
Villa, who will again face Man United in the EFL Cup next Thursday, have incredibly not beaten the Red Devils at Villa Park since October 1999, while their last home league success over the 20-time English champions came back in August 1995.
Indeed, Man United’s two most recent Premier League defeats to Villa have both been at Old Trafford, including a 1-0 loss last season, with Kortney Hause winning it in the 88th minute of the contest.
Ten Hag’s side recorded a 1-0 win over West Ham United in the league last weekend, with Marcus Rashford netting his 100th goal for the club, while they were also victorious in the Europa League on Thursday, beating Real Sociedad 1-0 courtesy of Alejandro Garnacho’s first senior goal.
Emery will not have had long to assess his players before selecting a starting side, so there are unlikely to be any major surprises when it comes to his XI for this contest.
John McGinn and Lucas Digne could both earn recalls, with Ashley Young and Emiliano Buendia potentially the two players to drop out of the starting side following the defeat at St James’ Park.
As for Man United, Ten Hag has admitted that he does not know whether Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho and Antony will be available for selection this weekend.
Martial is back in training as he bids to recover from a back problem and could make the bench, while Sancho (illness) and Antony (knock) could overcome their issues to feature, with the latter believed to have the best chance of coming into the XI at Villa Park.
Ten Hag has a big decision to make when it comes to the middle of his defence, and Victor Lindelof could ultimately get the nod over Harry Maguire to start alongside Lisandro Martinez.
Rashford was a surprise substitute against Real Sociedad but is expected to be back in the XI here, while Cristiano Ronaldo, who has nine career goals against Villa, should also start.
Possible starting lineup:
|Aston Villa||Man United|
|Martinez, Emiliano||De Gea, David|
|Mings, Tyrone||Dalot, Diogo|
|Konsa, Ezri||Martinez, Lisandro|
|Cash, Matty||Shaw, Luke|
|Young, Ashley||Malacia, Tyrell|
|Ramsey, Jacob||Eriksen, Christian|
|Bailey, Leon||Rashford, Marcus|
|Watkins, Ollie||Ronaldo, Cristiano|
|Ings, Danny||Sancho, Jadon|
Aston Villa = 24.2%
Draw = 27.2%
Man United = 48.6%
Aston Villa 0-1 Man United
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