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United 4 Aston Villa 1

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.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 29 2014

Time: 2:36PM

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Rapid upload of the report again Red Boy, good job.

A good response from the team, exactly what was needed. As I said before in a previous post fair play to the attending fans who applauded Moyes, it showed the churlish minority right up and smacked their campaign right in the face. It's one thing to feel Moyes isn't the right man or not good enough and express that opinion, it's bang out of order though to take it to the lengths some took it to though and attempt to publicly embarass him at his home stadium in front of his home fans.

Fair play to Villa, they didn't come to park the bus and looked to get something out of the game even when they got the goal they needed. To be fair, they also could've had a couple more goals had Benteke been on the form of last season.

Once again the defence was shakey and easily split. They were guilty of not pushing up at times and allowing ourselves to get pegged in by Villas pressing game. The central midfield is the same story different season. Haven't got much to say about them which hasn't already been said before.

Young was his typical Young self, he puts in a shift but is only a decent player at best and looks out of place alongside the likes of Kagawa, Rooney, Mata & RVP. Januzaj in the short period he was on the pitch made more of an impact than Young did throughout despite arguably being on his weaker flank. I would love to see a quartet of Januzaj, Mata, Kagawa, RVP with Rooney the driving force behind them in midfield.

Kagawa again showing when playing alongside a similar mind, Mata, he can be class even when being distributed wide left. He's off-the-ball runs stretches the opposition, his passing and dribbling was deft and unlike our other wide options, par Januzaj, he looks for a target before crossing rather than aimlessly smashing it in there. He looks to have finally proven himself with the early substitution ahead of the Munich game where surely he'll get a starting berth in behind Rooney.

Mata in my eyes has been on the end of some unwarranted stick recently. People saying he's been poor when the reality is he's been wrongly utilised so, rather expectedly, he hasn't hit his Chelsea heights. All the same though when he's been provided the ammunition he's played some classy passes and today, like against West Ham, he's been played in a position where he'll see a lot of the ball and he made full use of it. His long-range passing is just as exquisite as his short, intricate passing and to be honest I never knew he had that in his locker.

Rooney was excellent again and was unfortunate not to finish off his hat-trick when he displayed great ball control and took that long-range pass into his stride. He played like more of a forward for me today, rarely dropping ridiculously deep, midfield-deep, to be involved with the build-up play.
Good result, a bit flattering all the same though. Villa could and should of been 2 up after 20 minutes. Shinji and Mata were good today. Did anyone else feel like vomiting when the commentators started their Moyes love in nonsense.
We did ok but let's face it we're papering over cracks. A good win one foot in europa at this rate! God help us!
Good times and results have been scarce this season, whether it's papering over the cracks or not just enjoy it mate :) or have you had joy shot alongside optimism? :P

only thing that the commentators did which really ground my gears Kanchelskis was giving the plane banner all the attention in the world yet completely neglect the class displayed by the fans at the stadium.

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