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United 4 Aston Villa 0

United extended the gap at the top of the Premier League with an emphatic win over Aston Villa.

Team News - Sir Alex Ferguson, as expected, brought Paul Scholes back into the starting eleven. Also returning to the eleven was Rafael, otherwise it had a familiar look to it.

United - De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Valencia, Young, Rooney, Welbeck

Subs - Amos, Jones, Giggs, Nani, Cleverley, Berbatov, Hernandez

First Half - Villa got the action underway and forced an early save out of De Gea when Wiemann unleashed an early shot. United`s first attack saw an effort from Rooney blocked but with six minutes on the clock United were awarded another early penalty.

Once again Ashley Young was involved this time being tripped by Clark. Rooney stepped up and beat Given easily from the twelve yard mark.

United 1 Villa 0 (Rooney - 7mins)

United had started well and were pushing Villa back. Young was fouled outside the area and when the ball fell to Welbeck his shot was well blocked by Baker. Rooney then saw Given turn a shot around the post before, in a rare Villa attack, Clark saw a header drift just wide, from a free-kick.

Welbeck, featuring prominently, saw a shot blocked and turned aside for a corner and from the corner Rooney saw a header go wide. Welbeck then saw a shot deflected u and over the bar and form the resulting corner a volley from Scholes arrowed just wide.

Another Villa attack saw Ireland curl a shot past the far post before saw great skill form Carrick, in the box, saw a poor pull back end the move. Valencia then drilled in a low cross that saw Given produce a spectacular save from Welbeck before, with a minute left until half time, the lead was doubled.

A quick attack was launched and when Evra fed the ball in the Villa defence, inexplicably, left it and Welbeck stretched well to turn it in at the far post.

United 2 Villa 0 (Welbeck - 44 mins)

Half Time - United 2 Villa 0

Second Half - United got the second half underway at a strangely subdued Old Trafford. That silence was ended when a crunching tackle, by Hutton, on Young left the winger in a crumpled heap. Evra and Clark were next in the wars after a hefty collision before; just past the hour mark Sir Alex introduced Nani for Young.

Scholes saw a shot deflected for a corner before there was an, unsuccessful, appeal for handball against Baker. Heskey, on as substitute, saw a header pushed over the bar by De Gea as Villa started to enjoy a spell of pressure.

Valencia, having a sparkling game, saw a bal in scuffed wide by Rooney before Agbonlahor saw a shot deflected for a corner which saw Baker head wide.

With seventy-four minutes gone, United increased their lead when Rooney and Valencia exchanged passes for Rooney to beat Given with a low shot.

United 3 Villa 0 (Rooney - 74 mins)

Rooney, now on a hat trick was replaced by Berbatov whilst, three minutes later, Cleverley was thrown on in place of Scholes.

Valencia forced another save from Given and with four minutes of stoppage time announced United grabbed a fourth when, from an Evans pass, Nani forced a shot home from a narrow angle.

United 4 Villa 0 (Nani - 93 mins)

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 15 2012

Time: 6:55PM

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15/04/2012 19:00:00

Cry us a river bluedub. There was contact, not enough to warrant the theatrical fall but contact all the same and enough to warrant a penalty. Either way even if there wasn't enough contact to warrant the penalty a blatant handball by Villa in their own box went unnoticed by the referee, a penalty we should've got but didnt. Out of curiosity bluedub, did you call Dzeko a cheat when he dived for you? Did you go onto vitalspurs and vitalliverpool and call Carroll and Bale, to name but a few, cheats?
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15/04/2012 19:13:00

A good result and great performance. It could've easily been more than 4 and Villa are lucky it wasn't 7. Scholes put on another masterclass, easy man of the match performance from him.
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15/04/2012 19:15:00

I've called Carrol and Bale cheats on occasion this season yes. Young stood on the Villa player's foot and threw himself. He is a cheat. The point is mate, U*d got these decisions twice in a row at home that are having a massive impact early in games and they are getting them by cheating. As for Dzeko, I heard quite an apt description of the penalty he won against Sunderland, 'to avoid contact with Gardner then Dzeko would have to have performed a Fosbury flop'.
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15/04/2012 19:41:00

We were terrible and you deserved that win easily...Young DID cheat though, Young purposely put his foot into Clarks path to draw that penalty and then did a pathetic embarrassing dive to make sure it was given, there might have been the slightest contact but Young played for it i see that as cheating. And you can stick up for him all you want, you didn't like Liverpool defending Suarez did you? Neither did i, and i expect Utd fans not to defend a little rat constantly diving when he is touched, did it today, did it at QPR, did it time and time again at Villa and not once was he supported for it. You don't want a player getting a name for himself, Fergie and Ferdinand both blasted Suarez for his 'theatrics' and Young is no better than him, probably worse so i can see a bit of contradiction going on. Anyway thats my only issue today, you deserved your win easily.
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15/04/2012 19:43:00

Yeah Young was looking for the retracting foot but the foot should never of been there to look for in the first place. There was contact, it was a penalty offence, we scored the penalty get over it. As for the impact the omens both for Villa and QPR were there before the incidents, both sides went to Old Trafford to get a point and up until the incident we dominated and created great opportunities. I'm fully confident that in both cases had the penalties not been given, we would've won regardless solely due to our home record and the opposing sides menatalites.
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15/04/2012 19:48:00

P.AVFC I don't think you'll find too many defending Youngs antics, I just find it laughable that there's a public crusade against him when numerous other players in the league are guilty of doing the same but never get the same attention for it. You've got some wonderful young players and I wish you the bet and in my opinion, that means getting rid of McCleish.
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15/04/2012 19:53:00

You would of won regardless yes but he still cheated, doesn't matter if Clarks foot was there or not why does Young have to look for the foul then dive like that? It's just not the way the game should be played, and there is a crusade against him because he is constantly doing it, he was doing it at Villa and now Utd...He is a cheat and he will go down on any opportunity, it's just wrong and something should be done, Dive = straight red card in my opinion. Best of luck for the rest of season.
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15/04/2012 20:01:00

It's easy to say that TF7. U*d may have looked more likely before Young cheated but if that cheating isn't rewarded no one knows for sure what happens thereafter. I accept that U*d were favourites, regardless of the rewarded cheating. One other thing, the defender's foot is not in a position where it is going to impede on Young's natural movement, he ensures contact by stretching his leg out to stand on the defender's foot.
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15/04/2012 20:02:00

***** team. Great officials. Pathetic.
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15/04/2012 23:23:00

When will see utd ever win the title without help from refs?
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15/04/2012 23:24:00

The Young Flop. Young Ashley appears to be perfecting it game by game.
Wyn Mills
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15/04/2012 23:46:00 was as BAD as we all remember...
Wyn Mills
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15/04/2012 23:50:00

You used to win by playing great football longer the case ...... You win by pressurising referees and by cheating. Surely you can't take any pride from that?
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16/04/2012 09:03:00

You should just change your cheating football clubs name to Ref' Utd because you certainly seem to have the ref's in your pocket, every game you arse holes get desicions for you, the statistics of odds prove that it's imposible for you lot to get so many desicions go in favour of you without cheating involved. Ashley Young is a cheating diving little muppet and you just watch he will cheat the next game and the next and the next game until someone does something about him. I really hope Man City buy the title from you and I can't wait to see the day when you bunch of tossers are on the back foot.
Green Villan
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16/04/2012 12:03:00

A dive is a dive is a dive. Doesn't matter if you're the better team, your player dove, and quite blatantly dove for that matter, in order to win an early goal. It's cheating at it's highest degree and a clear indication that your beloved manager is nothing more than a pathetic old man who wants nothing more than to win at all costs no matter who he screws over or how many people he has to pay off. The once great football club that garnished respect from all corners of the world has turned into a disgusting excuse for a professional team. I used to respect the team even though I hated them. Now I can't even bring myself to do that. Thank you for ruining football.
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16/04/2012 14:16:00

I can't help wondering how Rio would have tweeted if a Villa or QPR player had won a penalty via such outrageous dives at important points in each match (never mind how purple Fergie's face would have turned). I believe Rio has strong views on cheats. Those in glass houses....etc.
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16/04/2012 17:43:00

Ruining football, you are having a laugh right? Neville done a brilliant segment on diving during the pre-match build up to the Arsenal-Wigan game maybe you should give it a watch, you might feel enlightened afterwards knowing that all teams and every player cheats and dives but hey when a United player goes down easily, even though it was a penalty offence, we're ruining football.
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16/04/2012 19:49:00

Who did that brilliant segment? ;-)
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16/04/2012 19:56:00

Why would he do that?;-)
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16/04/2012 19:57:00

His intentions behind it are irrelevant his facts and video footage of numerous players you can't argue against it. All players cheat, all teams cheat, it's just the big sides that get the attention. Rather than jumping to conclusion about it just watch it.
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16/04/2012 20:21:00

Could not be bothered my arse listening to Ratboy's opinion mate. I watch football, not some**** fiddling around with fancy gadgets telling us all what to think. Yes there are examples of players from every club cheating but some do it more than others and some get away with it more than others.
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16/04/2012 20:35:00

All teams do it, so it's OK? Did he cheat? According to the brains trust on 5 Live, they say that because the defender had his leg out, Young had the absolute right to find that leg and dive over it. Brilliant. Give those chaps the Nobel Prize For Bull****. Never mind goal-line technology, when you can come up with ruses like that to justify blatant C.H.E.A.T.I.N.G., then the game is in a pretty poor state. But then again, everybody does it, so leave dear little Ashley alone.
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16/04/2012 20:44:00

Never said it was ok Johnny just bringing up that all teams do it so why everyone's going on a crusade and taking a moral high point when Young does it is laughable. Where's the same crusade when Bale repeatedly dives? Did Dzeko and Carroll get the same attention? Davies? Gerrard? Torres? Drogba? Lampard? Barton? Arsenal back in they day? To name but a few. Why is it all of a sudden we're ruining football? When every other team does it it goes largely unnoticed for years but Young dives and there's a media ***** storm something I've only seen once before when Eduardo done it. Bluedub, you're displaying a typical City attitude, then again you've always preferred sticking your fingers in your ears and screaming 'la la la' at the top of your voice whenever a good argument is sent your way, Nevs not telling you want to think simply putting across a good, balanced, impartial argument. Cheatings cheating, just because some players do it more it doesn't mean you can take a moral high ground. He dives all the time but its ok for us we only do it every now and again :P
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16/04/2012 21:15:00

Better yet, why is it when Young was diving and simulating at Aston Villa no-one said anything then? Where was the media crusade and vilifying then? I don't condone or support Ashley's theatrics and am appalled by them even though it was a penalty. His reputation will procede him and when he does truly get hacked down good and proper and he should get a penalty he will get told no and booked for diving, something that will frustrate everyone at the club. I just can't understand why diving and making a meal out of things is all of sudden such a big thing when it's gone on for ages? Why's it when a United payer does it there's a crusade against it when the numerous other players and teams before us who dive pretty much got away with it?
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16/04/2012 21:26:00

My opinion of cheating is that it is wrong mate no matter who does it. There are players that chance their arm every now and again and they are wrong to do it, but there are others who are worse, like Young, who do it constantly. He's always been a known diver from his Watford days, he gets away with it more in a U*d shirt.
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16/04/2012 21:32:00

Oh look, judging by this thread, the ABU's are at it again. Why can't they just leave you alone and let you "tumble" your way to the title eh? ;)
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17/04/2012 07:35:00

Couldn't agree more 5th - if the rags want the title so badly that they will cheat so brazenly to get it then let them have it. No one wants a poisoned chalice on the mantelpiece, apart from the rags of course.
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17/04/2012 08:45:00

So refs are in our pocket, yeah yeah yeah.

Young DID dive, but then again plenty, I repeat PLENTY of other players from all other teams do this week in week out too.....

Poisioned chalice, bull****3 - City have done their fair share of cheating this season, and they would do anything to get their hands on a league championship trophy - well, after spending 400 mill in less then 2 years kinda proves it!!!
I hate cheats, and yes Young did cheat, but that game would have probably been won by us anyway - the refs in pockets tirade against us got boring many years ago, green eyed monster comes out when we are on top, and anything, ANYTHING gets thrown at us - yes, we have had a poor squad this season, but wtf!! We are 5 points clear on top, if we have had a poor squad this season, what does that say about other teams in the Premiership, especially City who have spent all that money in such a short time?????????
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17/04/2012 18:03:00

Sorry City lads, I get on with a lot of you, and have some very good debates, but this *****e abuse from lots of different fans has really p1$$ed me off on this report......
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17/04/2012 18:04:00

I wouldn't mind so much if every time someone dived it grabbed the headlines and sparked the same debate but it tends only to happen when a United players is guilty of doing it. Drogba last night v Barcelona spent more time lying down than on his feet, where's the same people on here on VitalChelsea calling Drogba a cheat? Where's the same media crusade and coverage? It just gets tiresome being targeted by fans and scapegoated by the media for something their own players are guilty of doing, something all teams and players are guilty of doing.
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19/04/2012 16:44:00

The focus on United is down to Fergie's regular accusations re opposition players and tweets from the likes of Rio and Rooney re cheating opponents. Funny how Young simply needed "a quiet word" while opponents exaggerating a foul are regularly branded a disgrace by the bully with the gum.
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24/04/2012 18:26:00


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