Villa are under pressure and by no means clear of danger near the bottom of the table, but the Dutch defender has suggested there is a real vibrancy and plenty of positive feeling around the club.
“It feels really good - it’s different now, there’s more energy and that’s a good thing,” said Vlaar.
“You could see from the start, it’s a new chance for everyone. You can feel it all over the place.”
Villa exit the international break with one of the most difficult fixtures on the Premier League schedule this weekend.
The side face an in-form Manchester United away from home where it’s going to be extremely difficult for them to pick up a positive result.
However, if the atmosphere stays upbeat and if Sherwood can get the players competing and sticking up for each other, the side are giving themselves the best chance of getting something.
If Villa can somehow sneak a point during the game, it will only add to their confidence and belief which they can use to their advantage over the rest of the season. It’s also important considering they play QPR and Tottenham in difficult matches after this weekend.
Villa currently have a three point cushion over the bottom three but if Sunderland win and Villa can’t combat United, they’ll drop down a place and the pressure moves back onto the Aston Villa club with more severity.