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ENDING THE STREAK: Villa look to snap FA Cup losing run

Aston Villa face Manchester United in the FA Cup third round on Monday evening with hopes to end a dismal spell in the competition.

It has been six straight defeats for Villa in the FA Cup, their longest ever losing run in the competition. They get the chance to end that streak at Old Trafford.

However, Manchester United have beaten Villa in 10 of the last 12 FA Cup meetings between the two sides, including the last six in a row.

That run began in the first tie after Villa won the FA Cup in 1957 against United - the last time the club lifted the trophy.

The closest they've come to lifting the trophy since was the 2015 defeat to Arsenal in the final at Wembley.

Aston Villa have already beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford this season though, with Kortney Hause scoring an 88th-minute winner to seal three points.

Only three other teams have won twice away at Old Trafford in the same season, one of which was Aston Villa in 1919-20. Chelsea (2004-05) and Spurs (1989-90) being the others.

United can boast an aggregate score of 20-2 from their last nine FA Cup home games and they're unbeaten in their last 11 at Old Trafford in the competition.

The last time United lost at home in the FA Cup was a 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Arsenal in 2014-15 - the year Villa reached the final.

 

Aston Villa v Manchester United FA Cup team news

 

United are expected to welcome back Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof but will be without Eric Bailly who is representing the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.

Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are both available and could play due to their upcoming suspension in the Premier League. Paul Pogba remains injured and not available for selection.

For Villa, Ollie Watkins is due back in training this weekend which Gerrard called a "welcome addition" to the squad, while Tyrone Mings is back from suspension.

Axel Tuanzebe was recalled by United and therefore leaves Villa somewhat short at centre back, although he would have been ineligible for this game regardless.

The Villa boss confirmed Ashley Young has an outside chance of playing against one of his former clubs due to a fractured toe.

New signing Philippe Coutinho won't be available due to waiting for a work permit before travelling to Birmingham.

Gerrard won the FA Cup twice in his career at Liverpool and faced Manchester United 35 times in his career so is no stranger to the upcoming opponent.

His last appearance against United came in 2015 where he was sent off after just 38 seconds following coming on at half-time as a substitute.

He'll hope for a better result in his first clash against them as manager.


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