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Aston Villa 2 United 3

A stunning hat-trick from Javier Hernandez was enough to give Manchester United all three points at Villa Park last night.

However, Javier`s hat-trick doesn`t tell the full story as United had to come back from 2-0 down to take the three points on offer and open up, ahead of City and Chelsea`s fixtures this afternoon, a four point gap at the summit of the Premier League.

For the fixture, Sir Alex Ferguson had to do without, as we suspected pre-match, the services of Jonny Evans with Chris Smalling stepping into the centre-back slot. Ashley Young, formerly a Villa player was, as we expected, given a hot reception by the Villa Park faithful.

The first forty-five minutes was, to be perfectly honest, a touch boring. Both keepers had very little to do with much of the action confined to the middle of the pitch. Continuing along the honesty thread, we have to admit that it was the home side that were stringing some of the best moves together, but the final ball was often lacking, evading onrushing attacker, or when a half chance presented itself indecision was the key.

But, on the stroke of half-time all that changes when a United attack broke down and when the ball was fed to Benteke out wide, he slipped past Smalling before holding off a robust challenge, from the defender, that left Smalling flat on his back. Taking time to look up, Benteke played the perfect ball to the onrushing Weimann who unleashed a shot of such power that it gave De Gea no chance to get anywhere near it. Not the ideal way to finish the half.

Half Time - Villa 1 United 0

If Sir Alex Ferguson unleashed his famous hairdryer at half time, it didn`t seem to work with immediate effect when, five minutes into the half Villa doubled their lead. United were caught out when a Benteke dummy allowed Ireland to free Agbonlahor and hi slow cross was turned into the net by Weimann for his second goal of the game.

United were now staring down the barrel of a defeat but cometh the hour cometh the man. Hernandez, on for Young, gave United hope of a comeback when he latched onto a ball from Scholes and used his pace to loosen his shackles and fire past Guzan.

With the deficit reduced it was the United support that were now making the noise and just five minutes after his first goal, and in the 63rd minute, Hernandez was to pull United level. The goal came after Hernandez, lurking beyond the far post, hit a cross from Rafael towards goal, Vlaar inadvertently deflected it past Guzan and Villa Park was silenced.

Hernandez wheeled away in triumph but will the dubious goals committee rob him of his moment and decree it as an own goal, we shall see.

United were now well on top and Van Persie could have edged us in front with a header that smacked against the cross bar and then a shot, from outside the area, that also hit the bar.

But United were not to be denied that crucial winner and once again Hernandez was the man. The Mexican hit his third (or was it second?) goal of the evening when Van Persie sent over a free kick and the striker lost his marker to head past Guzan.

Game, set and match to United.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 11 2012

Time: 10:10AM

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Hernandez's first goal was very lucky after miscontrolling the second deflected big style, his third wasn't a great goal it was Villa's 300k signing fell asleep allowing the cross to come in, and you fail to mention Wiemann's header that should of made i 3-2 to Villa. Oh and thanks for your support during the 19th minute where I heard your fans shouting Let him die and booing.
villa 4 ever
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11/11/2012 10:39:00

United's team is full of class. Shame the same cant be said of their travelling supporters. Every other team has respected our tribute to Stan, but of course 'you do what you want'. Apart from that a brilliant game. Our kids were fantastic but the game illustrated why United are a top team. It's the third time against us recently they have recovered from two down. We will not be the last team either! I really admire how United run their club and the style of football they play. I would like to 'like them' but unfortunately a section of their supporters make that impossible. A view I believe is held accross the country.
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11/11/2012 11:09:00

United fans are a disgrace and they wonder why they get ***** about Munich. I don't condole any of it. It's a game of football and having no respect for someone with blood cancer is quite honestly disposable and in my opinion far worse than any of this racism chat that's top of the agenda right now. Scum
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11/11/2012 12:07:00

It's a shame the away support will detract from what was a great game of football. They were disgraceful but they don't represent the entirety of the united fan base unfortunately they let them down though. Aston Villa were the best I've seen them all season, they've got a lot to look forward to if they can keep up those performances all season and their squad age is incredibly young so there's a lot of potential there. Benteke single handedly destroyed our defence, like every other tall, strong and technically gifted player has this season (err, maybe we should do something about that?) and Weimann reaped the rewards of it with some very fine finishing. Luckily for us Hernandez is in great form as he effectively won us the game in only 45 minutes. RVP was seriously unlucky not to score, hitting the bar one after the other. Stats will tell you we dominated but the reality was we were clueless with possession whilst villa were efficient with it. Disappointed with Evra, non-existent and defensively poor, Rafael had a torrid time defensively but atleast he's young and immature and provided something extra when attacking, Evra didn't even do that when he normally does. Seemingly the competition of Buttner isn't enough to motivate him, perhaps a spell on the bench will be. Young was also disappointing, certainly not first team material and a squad player at best, Nani is also very inconsistent so I'd say our best bet out wide left is Kagawa, if not then we should consider strengthening the position at some point with one of Nani or young leaving, I suspect it will be the former.
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11/11/2012 13:00:00

Fair comment No7. I thought Rafael played Gabby really well though. No centre half is going to enjoy their afternoon marking Benteke i reckon. Can we have Ashley back then please?
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11/11/2012 14:38:00

Rafael v Gabby wasn't too bad but when you countered Rafael was still halfway up the pitch or getting bitched up by Benteke, kind of expected to be honest like I said because he's young and still learning, a sharp contrast to Evra. krfeskivilla, I think it would be interesting to see whether if you offered Fergie the money for young whether he'd take it or stick with him. Personally think he's very on and off as has his career with us so far. he works well for the team but that can only get you so far and he needs be a presence from the first minute to the last. A valuable squad member but unless he is more consistent he won't ever be anything more and could very easily lose his role if another option pops up, rumours of Ince or the development of a youngster.
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