Christian Benteke highlights how Aston Villa have changed from last season

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The Belgian forward has commented on Aston Villa’s change in style this season.

The Birmingham-based club started the season in solid form, winning three of four games by the middle of September.

However, form dipped soon after, and Paul Lambert’s men suffered six straight defeats followed by three draws - scoring just three goals in the process. They have since won two games and lost one, and they host Manchester United on Saturday afternoon looking to set themselves for a strong run of results over the festive period.

Although goals have been hard to come by this season, the side look more creative than they did last year, and with the return of Christian Benteke to full fitness they should be well set to capitalise on whatever chances they are presented with against United.

The Red Devils are on a run of six straight victories, and despite not playing too well they are claiming results in ominous style. With Villa languishing near the Premier League relegation zone due to their run of poor form - they are five points clear of the final relegation place - it is vital that they claim a result against Louis van Gaal’s men, and Benteke himself believes that anything is possible at Villa Park.

“There is no reason why we can’t score against United,” the 24-year-old striker told the Telegraph. “That’s why the Premier League is the best league, any team can score against anyone.

Benteke has claimed that this added confidence comes from the new style on show at Villa Park this season, with the long-ball system previously utilised by the club thrown out in favour of a more ball-playing style that is pleasing the forward.

He added: “We have a new style and we need to try it against a big team and not be afraid.

“We used to play long ball and the other teams are not stupid – they know the ball would go to Benteke because we would just play long ball. But we now play from the back and we enjoy it.

“OK, we lost against West Brom last weekend but we played some good football. We have to try it against United.”

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