Pau Torres injury verdict as ‘auxiliary’ attacker gets nod - Aston Villa predicted XI vs Man Utd

Aston Villa predicted lineup to take on Manchester United in the Premier League, including an injury decision for Pau Torres

Aston Villa take on arguably their most important Premier League fixture of the season so far as they play host to fellow UEFA Champions League hopefuls Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

Unai Emery's side have the opportunity to cement the possibility of finishing in the top five as they can move a huge 11 points clear of the Red Devils with a victory. The pressure is on, though, as the gap could fall to just five points if defeat is inflicted by United.

The Villans took a confidence hit midweek as they were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by Chelsea. Mauricio Pochettino's men responded excellently to their 4-2 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers as they came to Villa Park and exceeded in nearly every department to win 3-1.

Villa will be searching for a reaction of their own this weekend as the result of the game will have huge ramifications not just on this season but on others to come. The fixture is the second-to-last of the Premier League weekend, too, meaning Emery's men will know how other European rivals have performed.

Pau Torres' status is a big talking point ahead of this Sunday as the Spain international defender is back following several weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury. He returned to the bench against Chelsea but didn't feature, so it's tricky to work out if he's ready to start.

Including that dilemma for Pau, here's the XI we predict Emery will name against Man Utd.

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