Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

Aston Villa 0 Man Utd 2

Aston Villa 0 Man Utd 2

ASTON VILLA: Sorensen, Delaney, Hughes, Ridgewell, Bouma, Milner (Angel 45), Bakke, Davis, McCann, Barry, Baros.

Subs Not Used: Hendrie, Taylor, De la Cruz, Moore.

MAN UTD: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Brown, O'Shea, Fletcher, Park, Scholes, Giggs (Ronaldo 62), van Nistelrooy, Rooney.

Subs Not Used: Howard, Bardsley, Jones, Rossi.

Att: 37,128

Crisis? What crisis? United earned them their sixth win in the last seven league games. Mind you it was done by an inspired Wayne Rooney performance, against a HOME side who set their stall out to defend and grab a point! Judging by the formation David O'Leary put on the grass at Villa Park ... they got what they deserved ... nothing.

The Red Devils are on the march, and after the Gunners fell apart against top-of-the-table Chelsea on Sunday, it looks very much like a two horse race. Or perhaps one and a half.

While Liverpool and Chelsea have Europe to occupy their minds, perhaps there was method in the madness of our exit from the European stage, and now we have a clear run on the domestic front. On this evidence could take some stopping in the forthcoming months - especially with Rooney in such fine form.

The England striker was a constant threat to the home rearguard with his pace and power, scoring his 10th goal of the campaign and also linking up play so effectively with Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Park Ji-Sung.

Paul Scholes also gave further evidence that he is back to his best and United have now taken 19 points out of a possible 21 to further ease the pressure on Ferguson.

It is now more than 10 years and 21 matches since United were last beaten by Villa in the Premiership but they would seldom have had a more comfortable ride.

They dominated in terms of possession and were able to knock the ball around in confident fashion against a Villa side who gave the impression they were beaten before the game got under way.

Only Gareth Barry and Mark Delaney emerged with much credit as Villa missed the presence at the back of injured skipper Olof Mellberg.

Rooney threatened for the first time with a crossfield pass which picked out Park but his left-footed drive was blocked by Wilfred Bouma.

Villa's lone striker Milan Baros found himself one-on-one with Rio Ferdinand but he stumbled and the chance went begging.

After seven minutes the woodwork came to Villa's rescue after great vision by Rooney. His reverse pass opened up the home defence and let in Park.

His cross-shot beat Thomas Sorensen but rebounded off the post back into play and no-one was on hand to convert the rebound.

United were not to be denied and two minutes later van Nistelrooy converted his 15th goal of the season to break the deadlock.

The Dutchman seized onto Darren Fletcher's through ball and was able to move goal-side of Aaron Hughes before calmly clipping the ball past Sorensen into the corner of the net.

United were finding so much space when they attacked and there were five players in the Villa box when Paul Scholes sent a flick header from Ryan Giggs' cross straight at Sorensen.

A couple of challenges involving Rooney and Gavin McCann temporarily livened up the home crowd but United continued to dominate and Sorensen had to be alert to turn over an overhead kick from the edge of the box by Van Nistelrooy.

Rooney should have at least hit the target after Ferdinand had flicked on a corner from Giggs but he drove his shot back across goal.

Ferdinand had the confidence to make a surging run forward before playing in Park and it needed a fine block tackle from Delaney to halt the South Korean.

O'Leary decided to adopt a more adventurous approach in the second period and brought on Juan Pablo Angel as the second striker alongside Baros as he reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

But after 50 minutes Rooney confirmed United's superiority by doubling their advantage with his 10th goal of the campaign.

Park was the creator with a well-weighted pass but Rooney had so much space to run into before firing a low shot past Sorensen and into the net via the far post.

Giggs fired over when well placed after more good work by the on-song Rooney.

Barry briefly threatened and a first-time effort from Barry was only just wide with United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar flat-footed.

Angel became the first player to be yellow-carded after 62 minutes for a touchline challenge on Ferdinand.

The woodwork came to United's rescue when Baros crashed a left-footed shot against the bar from close range after meeting a low cross from Angel.

But United ended on top with Van Nistelrooy having a shot blocked by Ridgewell and heading wide from substitute Cristiano Ronaldo's cross.





Writer:Cantona
Date:Monday December 19 2005
Time: 9:48AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Manchester United Articles

The Daily De Gea (30/04/17)

You didn`t seriously think a day would pass without yet another piece of speculation emerging relating to our Spanish keeper David de Gea did you?

Griezmann Speculation Update

In recent days, there hasn`t been too much speculation regarding the possibility of the French striker Antoine Griezmann coming to Old Trafford this summer.

United Linked with Midfield Duo

As we may have mentioned before, this summer could prove to be an interesting one when it comes to seeing who Jose Mourinho brings to Old Trafford.

City Have No Qualms About Selling Hart to United

But is the price a no-go?

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Profile
Charlie Bacchus
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

United v Swansea?
Suggested By: Red Boy
Home Win!50%
Away Win!0%
Draw!50%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 34 26 3 5 81 43
2 Spurs 34 23 8 3 77 49
3 Liverpool 34 19 9 6 66 28
4 Man City 34 19 9 6 66 28
5 Man Utd 34 17 14 3 65 26
6 Arsenal 33 18 6 9 60 22
7 Everton 35 16 10 9 58 20
8 WBA 34 12 8 14 44 -4
9 Southampton 33 11 8 14 41 -5
10 AFC Bournemouth 35 11 8 16 41 -13
11 Leicester City 34 11 7 16 40 -12
12 Stoke 35 10 10 15 40 -13
13 Watford 33 11 7 15 40 -17
14 Burnley 35 11 6 18 39 -14
15 West Ham 35 10 9 16 39 -15
16 Crystal Palace 35 11 5 19 38 -10
17 Hull City 35 9 7 19 34 -31
18 Swansea 35 9 5 21 32 -29
19 Middlesbrough 35 5 13 17 28 -19
R Sunderland 34 5 6 23 21 -34
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2017 12:00PM : Swansea City (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 7 2017 4:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 13 2017 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 21 2017 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
Aug 7 2017 12:00AM : Leicester City (a)
Community Shield

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.CustomKit2
2.tundeowo1
Vital Football Comment