Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton has stressed the importance of the club’s fans ahead of the game against Manchester United this weekend.
Manchester United are the form team in the country at the moment and will be looking to strengthen on their position in the top four this weekend at Villa Park, a ground where they have a very good record.
Hutton has avoided making cliché comments about United’s quality, instead shifting emphasis onto Villa’s supporters, who he’s urged to carry on creating intimidating atmospheres at games.
“There’s big expectations when we play at home. No one wants to turn up and play bad, it’s been difficult the last few seasons and I understand the frustrations,” he told the Birmingham Mail.
“The fans have been loyal, unbelievable. They pack out grounds away from home all the time, I look back at Burnley and Palace recently and remember that they’ve been brilliant.”
“They can help you so much. People don’t realise that. If they’re behind you it’s like having another man on the pitch, it gives the players a real lift.”
United will go into the game as heavy favourites to win because of the different attacking and defensive records of the sides this season.
United have scored 19 more goals than Villa so far this season while also conceding fewer through their back four.
Therefore, it’s important for Villa to try and get an advantage in any way they can and one of the easiest ways for the team to do just that, is through their fans.
Villa supporters are extremely loyal and will back their side, but the players have to step up and produce a big performance, which gives them something to get excited and to stay loud about.