If Villa are to improve their position just outside the bottom three, they need to edge the individual battles in this game, one of which will come in defence.
|Position||Team||Outfielder Block||Won Tackle||Aerial Won||Interception Won||Passing Accuracy||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Ciaran Clark||DF||Aston Villa||18||31||72||44||80%||22||1,793|
|Marcos Rojo||DF||Man Utd||7||30||52||48||86%||18||1,496|
In three key areas, which are vital for any defender, Clark is ahead showing a better positional sense, a better grasp of no nonsense defending and a better ability to deal with attacks in the air.
Rojo is ahead in terms of reading the play and making interceptions as well as his passing accuracy, with that not a major surprise considering United are a team that like to build their attacks from the back.
Clark is going to be under a lot of pressure over the course of the game, but Tim Sherwood should give him the confidence that he can deal with the various threats coming at him from Manchester United’s attack.