Stan Petrov believes Ashley Westwood's role in the Villa team should not be underestimated, as Man Utd come to town.
Petrov knows from experience all about the midfield lynchpin position - breaking up play and protecting the back four.
Former skipper Petrov insists that Westwood does it extremely well and makes Villa tick.
He thinks that the defensive midfield role can often be overlooked by fans - but not by players!
He said: "Westy has been great.
"Some people watching him in his position don't see what he's doing. He gives the security to the team. He does the hard work. He does the dirty work. He is there for the team.
"Sometimes fans don't see that. But, I tell you what, your mates appreciate it. They know what you have done.
"Some supporters look to who crosses it, who scores, who saves a goal. People can forget about his role.
"He is always there. When the other team breaks, he is there. He makes sure the defence is protected. He works his socks off to help his mates.
"Villa must be happy with what he is doing, how he plays and what he does for the team.
"I remember when Martin O'Neill starting playing me in that position, that deeper role. Some fans don't see what is happening at the back when you're attacking.
"I was there and I know how hard it is for him.
"I tell you what, when you go off the field and think 'I was a good team-mate today, I worked hard for them and did everything I could' it makes you feel good."
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