The former Leeds United midfielder was the hero in United's League One semi-final tie with Carlisle United a decade ago, but couldn't prevent defeat to Doncaster Rovers in the final.

He was also party to United's defeat to Millwall the following season, but having scored for Norwich against fierce rivals Ipswich at the semi-final stage in 2015, Howson was on the winning side at Wembley - as Boro fans know all too well.

"Looking at it, the Play-Offs have been different for me every single time," he said.

"Form and recent match-ups in the league, it all goes out of the window. No-one can predict them.

"Yes, we've played Villa three times this season, and we know their players well - but it will be a completely different game now.

"We've got to get our focus right and start gearing up towards Saturday.

"It's going to be a great atmosphere, we want to get off to the best start we can and get a good foothold in the tie." 

Watch the full interview with Jonny Howson above.