Since arriving in England over the summer, Christian Benteke has made a decent impression in front of the Villa Park faithful, giving Lambert a viable alternative to Darren Bent up front.
The Belgian international has netted four goals in seven starts for his new side, and although the Birmingham outfit have seen their side struggle in attack at times, Benteke has been a relatively bright spark for this weekend’s hosts.
With Nemanja Vidic suffering with injury a lot this campaign, wins in aerial duels have been harder for the Red Devils to come by after losing the presence of one of their biggest defensive stalwarts.
However, United’s loss is Villa’s gain as Benteke has shown his heading ability to be one massive strength in his play, whether it be in build-up or finishing.
The youngster likes to challenge opposition defenders in the air, heading on for teammates to run onto, and Chris Smalling looks to be the one likely to challenge Villa’s star man after coming back into United’s squad during midweek.
The English defender looks set to make his first league appearance of the season after Jonny Evans picked up a knock in the win over Braga, and taking care of Benteke will keep his hands full at times.
This season, United have shown their vulnerability to concede goals in a way that hasn’t been seen for some time—a factor that will encourage the Villa attackers to go forward without fear.