Aly Cissokho reveals why Aston Villa are unfazed by Manchester United

Aly Cissokho

Aly Cissokho says Aston Villa head into a Premier League meeting with Manchester United confident that they can deliver against 'any team'.

The Manchester United juggernaut rolls into the Midlands this weekend, with the Red Devils going in search of a seventh straight Premier League win when they visit Aston Villa.

Paul Lambert’s hosts are aware of the size of the challenge they face, but are ready for it.

Villa have been in decent form themselves of late, with an unbeaten five-match run halted by a derby defeat to West Bromwich Albion last time out.

Aly Cissokho says everyone connected with the club is looking to put that disappointing reversal behind them and prove that they are capable of holding their own against the best in the business, with the France international defender calling on a loyal fan base to become a 12th man.

Villa’s summer signing from Valencia told the club’s official website: "Man Utd are getting better with every game. Their results show that.

"I think the new coach, (Louis) Van Gaal, has given them a solution with the 5-3-2 formation.

"It is a special game and I think it is going to be a tough game too.

"But we are going to be playing at home with our fans so it is going to be 12 against 11 and I hope we are going to do it for us and for them.

"The fans are right behind us and they will be giving it everything to cheer us on to a win. We will do everything we can to achieve that.

"I think we can win if we play the same as we did against Leicester City. That was a good win and a good performance.

"We want to show the fans that we can win against any team in the Barclays Premier League.

"Manchester United are one of the biggest in the world. So it is going to be a good challenge for us. But it is also an exciting challenge and one we are really looking forward to."

Villa’s last top-flight victory over United on home soil came way back in August 1995.

They have collected the odd point since then, but history suggests that the Red Devils know how to get the job done.

Van Gaal’s men have looked a little shaky at the back, though, over recent weeks so it could be that the Villa Park natives have a rare success to celebrate on Saturday.

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