Dean Smith says there is ‘no reason’ Aston Villa can’t match Man Utd

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Dean Smith has challenged Aston Villa to prove they can compete with Manchester United when they face off this weekend.

Villa go to Old Trafford Saturday with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at the top of the Premier League.

Villa lost to Chelsea twice, in the Premier League and the Carabao Cup, this month but beat Everton 3-0 last weekend with Smith eager to see his men show off their class.


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He said: “Our job is to go out there and face them like we did at Chelsea.

“The Chelsea Premier League game was the catalyst – we clashed with them and created some great chances. A mistake killed the game for us in this one.

“We took that positivity in the game against Everton and it was a bit of a game of chess for 60 minutes, but once we got our first goal everything was on fire and a comfortable win at the end.

“We feel like there is a lot of confidence and belief in the group and we feel like we have a talented group so there is no reason why there isn’t. not.”

Smith is without Axel Tuanzebe, who cannot play against his parent club, Leon Bailey (quad) and Morgan Sanson (hamstrings).

Sanson has only made 10 appearances since a £ 14million transfer in January from Marseille and made his fourth start at Villa in the Carabao Cup penalty loss at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday before being forced to leave .

Smith added, “It’s really disappointing for Morgan and frustrating for him. He had to fight away for the past four or five months with a knee injury. He’s recovering and he’s racked up minutes.

“He was ready to play against Chelsea and he was playing well. He just felt a hamstring twinge and that can happen to players who haven’t had a full preseason.


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