The caretaker manager insists that they have the quality in their squad to avoid a relegation battle again.
The Villans are currently bottom of the Premier League table after ten games, having failed to win since the opening day.
That run of form saw Tim Sherwood lose his job last time around, with him and his side having been heavily criticised for playing boring football so far this season.
And MacDonald has urged them to bring back the wow factor, saying he believes that they are prepared to stand up and be counted.
"From what I've seen of these players, they are prepared to stand up and be counted,” he told avfc.co.uk.
"There are quite a few of them over the period who have given me a 'wow he can do that'. They have to give us that wow factor very, very soon - and then over an extended period.”
After narrowly escaping relegation last season, many would have hoped that they would avoid a similar situation again in this campaign.
That is exactly where they find themselves though, with just four points from ten games seeing them four points behind the likes of newly promoted Bournemouth in 17th place.
Their poor form has naturally led people to question whether the squad they have at their disposal is good enough to survive, but MacDonald has insisted that they do have the quality needed.
"I think these young players - plus the older ones - have enough quality to keep Aston Villa in the Premier League,” he added.