An Interview With A Villa Fan!
We have an interview with Aston Villa fan Murph from Vital Villa (see our interview on the Villa site linked below)
1) The race for fourth place is well and truly on, do you think Villa can do it? Who do you rate as the most dangerous rival?
Given Bridge-gate, Adabeyor`s 4-game suspension, unhappiness and squad troubles I can`t see it being (much to your joy no doubt!) Manchester City. My biggest worry is that despite criticising him ever since taking over as manager, Harry Redknapp seems to have finally got Pava, Pavlova, Pavelachenkochio (or whatever his name is) scoring goals.
It has to be Spurs.
A quick note however: Kindly don`t believe any Birmingham City fan that suggests it is them, they are just being silly.
2) Are Aston Villa a long-ball side?
HOOF! Yes and no. Generally speaking I`d say we`re not. There`s a lot of pace in the side and we`d be bonkers not to use it. When we`re having a bad day we do seem to throw the thing long distance more than the Royal Artillery, but in all honesty, even minus the claret & blue specs I see us as quite a varied team.
(A recent table had us 18th in the league of long ball passers... JF!)
3. I have to ask this: were you not disappointed with your performance against us at Villa Park? I mean that we were the better side even with 10 men and it looked like that Villa did not have the courage to come out and play for the win.
Playing against 10 is never easy though is it? Sadly O`Neill dropped one on that occaision after Nani`s silly attempt to kill Petrov, and Sir Alex was able to juggle his side. The only disappointment was that we seemed somewhat content with a draw, the question is, was that the players or the manager that decided that?
4. If you were Capello, which Villa players would you take to the World Cup?
As a Welshman born into an Irish family, I`d take Marlon Harewood, Nigel Reo-Coker, Nicky Shorey and would play Emile Heskey in goal!
That aside, I think you were looking for a serious answer. Given the fact there`s no left back, Warnock would be a dead cert and Milner would be starting. Outside of that, well Rooney seems to like playing with Heskey! Gabby has an outside shot but Ashley Young? No, not at the moment.
5. If someone guaranteed you a fourth-place finish if you agreed to losing Sunday's final, would you accept? In other words, what is more important, a trophy or the Champions League?
For me, it`s the trophy. Sod the Champions League qualifier, we could always end up against a far stronger side and be booted out before we`ve even started. Shiny things are required for me!
6. Who should United be wary of come Sunday?
Aston Villa duh!
I think Villa will be looking to shut down Rooney (see later) and likewise, United MUST stop Milner if they are to really control the game as he seems to be able to play 6 positions at once at the moment.
I`d also watch out (again) for our right back Carlos Cuellar, who appears to be able to play striker at the same time, as Van Der Sar noticed whilst watching the Spaniard`s header loop over his head!
7. Who, in your opinion, is Villa's most important player?
James Milner, a fact that not even Rafa Beneitez would be criticised for stating.
8. Who is the weakest link?
Tough question! I`d say at times it`s the pace of Cuellar when he`s at right back.
Sadly, there is an occasional issue that suggests all of our strikers are playing with high-rebound rubber football boots whenever they try to control a football.
9. Who do you consider United's most dangerous player and who is our weakest man?
It has to be Rooney, however I have a great admiration of Park Ji-Sung. The former is in fantastic form and we need to kick (sorry, control) him early if we are to do well. In Park, there is a guy who gets put on the pitch to do a job, and a damn good job he does!
10. A prediction, please!
1-0, Heskey (89), I had a dream.
Our interview on Vital Villa: Click Here
With thanks to Murph for these answers.