United have to be wary of the impact double signing buzz will bring to Villa
Manchester United travel to Villa Park on Saturday to face an Aston Villa side who will be hungry for revenge following the FA Cup defeat.
Steven Gerrard soaked up the hostile atmosphere and almost thrived on the reception he received when he stared down the Stretford End.
But the former Liverpool midfielder will want the Villa supporters to create a chorus of noise when United head to the Midlands on Saturday evening.
The former Rangers manager will want to intimidate Ralf Rangnick’s Reds under the lights at Villa Park and the Villains have had a big week in the transfer market, following Monday’s defeat at the Theatre of Dreams.
Gerrard’s former Liverpool teammate, Phillipe Coutinho trained with his new team for the first time yesterday, after joining the club on loan, and the club have today announced the signing of Everton left-back Lucas Digne.
Both of Villa’s new signings have a chance of featuring in Saturday’s game, as the Premier League rule is teams have to register new signings at midday, the day before a team plays.
The signings of Coutinho and Digne, both of which have played for Barcelona is a big statement of intent from Villa, a statement which will no doubt excite their supporters.
It’s no way near comparable, but we have already seen the benefits this season when we paraded the signing of Raphael Varane seconds before our opening game of the season against Leeds.
Then the following month, the mother of all homecoming’s came to M16 as the prodigal son Cristiano Ronaldo returned and scored two goals on his second debut against Newcastle.
New signings naturally give any club a lift and alongside Gerrard’s burning desire to get one over United, Rangnick cannot afford to witness a lacklustre and sloppy performance from his team.
If Manchester United don’t meet Saturday’s challenge head on, then it’s likely Villa will swarm all over us.
Villa will probably come flying out the blocks and create a frantic tempo due to the adrenaline they have fed off. following the buzz within the ground.
But if Manchester United can ride out that spell and play ourselves into the match, we could gate-crash Aston Villa and Gerrard’s big day.
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