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United 4 Aston Villa 0

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
Date:Sunday April 15 2012
Time: 6:55PM


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?
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15/04/2012 20:02:00
***** team. Great officials. Pathetic.
15/04/2012 23:23:00
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