Writer: Red Boy
Date:Saturday March 29 2014
United get back to winning ways at home, in the Premier League, but not without falling behind first.
David Moyes, on the back of the 3-0 reverse to Manchester City, in midweek, shuffled his pack making five changes.
But with United looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League, at home, after suffering two consecutive home defeats, to Liverpool and Manchester United, the games wasn`t to start well.
With just thirteen minutes on the clock Rafael fouled Agbonlahor on the edge of the box, Ashley Westwood stepped up and curled a lovely free-kick into the bottom corner leaving de Gea bewildered.
Villa could have doubled their lead, from another set-piece, soon after but Clark`s header, from a decent position, cleared the bar.
Thankfully United were only behind for eight minutes though and drew level when Wayne Rooney netted his first goal at Old Trafford since December. The goal came after Rooney rose to meet a cross from Kagawa and headed the ball past the reach of Guzan in the Villa goal.
United were now on top and only a brave bloc from Clark prevented Rooney from adding a second with a venomous shot from some way out.
With half time ten minutes away Villa created another chance from a set piece this time Benteke got his head to a corner kick but his effort didn`t have enough power to seriously test De Gea.
On the very stroke of half-time United were to go ahead when Bacuna was fooled by the footwork of our record signing, Mata, and brought him down in the area. Wayne Rooney stepped up to successfully convert the resulting spot-kick into the bottom corner of the net.
Half time - United 2 Aston Villa 1
David Moyes made one change for the start of the second half with Carrick replacing Rafael.
Early in the half Villa had a great chance to equalize when a ball into the box from Albrighton found Benteke in acres of space but instead of lashing the ball past De Gea, Benteke could only produce an air-shot much to the relief of the hordes inside Old Trafford.
United were starting to live a charmed life when another cross into the box from Albrighton once again found Benteke but the Belgian, out-jumping Vidic steered his header over the bar.
Those two chances were to prove costly for Villa when moments later United extended the lead to 3-1 when our record signing, Juan Mata scored his first goal for his new club. With fifty-seven minutes played Fellaini used his power to burst through the Villa defence and when the loose ball fell to Mata he swept it home.
Rooney, looking for a hat-trick, evaded the offside trap but after getting a shot off saw it blocked by Guzan. But Wayne wasn`t to get another chance to bag a hat trick with Hernandez taking his place as the game began to peter out.
Villa had a chance to reduce the arrears when along ball from Bertrand found Benteke but again the Belgian couldn`t take advantage of the opportunity failing to control the ball. Pushing to get back into the game, Tonev saw a long range effort flash by the post.
Matters were finalized when Javier Hernandez netted in the final minute converting a Januzaj cross.
Date:Saturday March 29 2014
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