United head to the second city for the return fixture this evening unbeaten at Villa Park since suffering a 3-1 defeat in the opening game of the 1995-96 campaign.
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Brown said: "Maybe there is a sense of revenge from December.
'Villa are playing well at the moment and they have some really good players, but when we met them earlier this season, we weren't playing too well. We are playing really well now, though.
"Once we get to this stage of the season, it's no longer about wanting to win. You have to win.
"We have to play well and we have to score goals. We have a lot of confidence at the moment and hopefully we can keep that going.'
United have overcome a defensive injury crisis and some unconvincing displays during December and January to re-establish their credentials as title challengers.
The title race now appears to be a straight fight between United and Chelsea, who meet at Old Trafford on Apr 3, and Brown insists that United are well placed to claim an unprecedented fourth successive championship.
He said: "It is a bit topsy-turvy at the top of the league. We've had some good results in the last few weeks, while Chelsea dropped points against Hull last week.
'It is always good to see other teams drop points but it only matters if we win. It gives you a bit of a confidence boost when you go into a game knowing you could be top at the end.
"Now when you look at the table now, anyone could take it. We are in a good position."