When and Where: The Barclays Premier League encounter from Old Trafford kicks off at 11 a.m. ET. Live coverage will be on the Fox Soccer Channel. An online stream of the game can also be watched in delayed form via a subscription to FoxSoccer2Go.
Preview: Heading into Wednesday night, Manchester United looked to have all but wrapped up their 20th league title, possessing as it did an eight-point lead at the head of the Premier League table.
But an incredible night that saw United lose for the first time in their history to Wigan, as well as rivals Manchester City looking revitalized in a 4-0 win, has blown fresh life into the battle to be champions.
City followed up that return to form with a 6-1 win at Norwich yesterday to cut United's lead to a mere two points. With the two Manchester foes facing off at the end of the month, Sir Alex Ferguson's men know that they cannot afford any further slip-ups again Aston Villa on Sunday.
But, with so much experience in his side, Ferguson has no concerns about the tension getting too much for his players at this crucial junction of the campaign.
I don't have any doubts about their temperament, to be honest, Ferguson said, according to the official Manchester United website. There's plenty of experience in the place.
They always want to win and that's the mentality here. The attitude they've got is to win matches and they always try to win it.
And United perhaps could not have hand-picked better opponents for this all important match. Aston Villa's record against United is miserable reading for the Midlands outfit, having won just once in 30 attempts.
Alex McLeish's men are also on a woeful run of form of just one win in 10 Premier League games that sees them still on the fringes of the relegation battle.
Team News: After such a poor performance against Wigan, Ferguson is likely to make a few changes to the lineup on Sunday. Paul Scholes should come back into the midfield, while the manager has also spoken of Nani's readiness to return from injury.
Another change to the team could see Danny Welbeck returning in place of Javier Hernandez up front.
Aston Villa will receive a boost in the return to fitness of both Charles N'Zogbia and Carlos Cuellar, both of whom are strong contenders to start against United. Andreas Weimann, who scored an impressive goal against Stoke last time out, is likely to continue up front.
Prediction: United will be grateful that it has the opportunity to rebound from the setback last time out with a home match against struggling Villa. The experience in the ranks at Old Trafford should also ensure that any disappointment is not allowed to linger.
It may not be pretty, but United should get the job done.
Manchester United 2-0 Aston Villa