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Manchester United vs. Aston Villa

Old Trafford

07/01/07

14:00

Oh, It's Villa Again

Villa, Villa and Villa. December 23, January 7, January 13. I'd really like to get this period behind us because I have a feeling I'll grow tired of the sight of Villa players.

Of course, our record against them indicates we are likely to collect two more victories but you can never know. The FA Cup game on Sunday will always be dominated by Henrik Larsson who is set to make his debut for the Reds. Hopefully he'll get of to a scoring start.

Vital Quotes:

Martin O'Neill (Aston Villa): 'Sir Alex is one of the great managers of all time. He is a throwback to the old days of (Bill) Shankly, (Brian) Clough, (Don) Revie, (Jock) Stein, (Bill) Nicholson, (Sir Matt) Busby etc. Sir Alex is up there with all of those and he has proved it over a lengthy period of time.

'In the days of those great, great managers I have mentioned, they didn't have to contend with a lot of modern day problems like PLCs.

'Those people were able to basically run the clubs - and they ran them successfully because they were very good. They were in charge.

'I think Sir Alex had the ability to adjust his management style. There have been a lot of changes in the last 15 years and you've had to contend with a lot of problems that weren't there in the first place.

'He had the ability, the wherewithal, the strength of character to not only manage in the style he saw fit but to be able to transcend all those changes that were being made.

'To be at a club like Manchester United for 20 years, where you have to succeed, is extraordinary. He is the Godfather of the Premier League although I am not sure how people in Sicily would take to that!'

Sir Alex: 'Henrik will definitely be involved. His training has been very good, very sharp, and he has always looked after himself.

'I'm looking forward to it. I've admired him for many years and thought on two or three occasions that I had him, but I didn't because he was understandably very happy at Celtic. His record there was marvellous and I thought he changed the game when he came on in the European Cup final last year. He won that trophy for Barcelona.'

Manchester United Team News:

As you're surely aware now, Henrik Larsson is set to make his debut. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to be given a start in the absence of the injured Saha and the resting Rooney. Tomas Kuszczak will replace van der Sar in goal.

Player to watch: Hernik Larsson

Big surprise, eh?

Aston Villa Team News:

Gareth Barry is back after serving a one-match suspension but Olof Mellberg is out with a ban of the same length. Gardner suffered an injury against Celtic so he's unavailable.

Player to watch: Gareth Barry

The Clarets' skipper is their most prolific player of the season, due to his efficient converting of penalties. Certainly capable of deciding a match and rightfully hailed by O'Neill as one of Villa's greats.

Match Facts & Stats

Do you need another stat apart from that we'll play them again the league next week? They did not register a win at Old Trafford for a very, very long time...

Match Prediction:

2-0. Gritty Villa to make it difficult.

Next Fixtures:

Villa again...




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 6 2007

Time: 5:18PM

Your Comments

Hey, try and see it from our point of view... we dont really relish the fact that we have to come to Old Trafford twice either!!!!
Talbear
I feel confident we'll beat Villa, but not too confident of course. I expect a goals from Larson (cant spell his name) and i think rooney will get a goal to.
kez_mufc
i hope larsson does score and i hope rossi gets on at some point
rooneyisgod
Rooney's got the right hump about not scoring recentley he's even been doing extra training by himself! so i think its a good decision by Ferguson to start him against Villa! after all the boy's got a point to prove to himself more than anyone else! he provides so much more for the team other than scoring goals! i mean how many other strikers do you see popping up in defence? but i cant wait for larsson to come on!
woodpecker9
larsson, what a player! yesterday showed he has the right stuff for the prem. really gald for him!
link201
another wise move from fergie pays off as larson scores....
ernshaw
Larsson! Wow!! he was good against Villa! I swear the mans got a doggey birth certificate! coz he looks more like he's 25 not 35!! his club have agreed to extend his loan deal with us too!! which is great news! bring it on Chelsea!!....see ya Mourinho!! ya quitter!!
woodpecker9
Why would he fake his certificate to be older? :-))) He's class, hope his deal will be extended.
midlothian99
Villa deserved a draw in the cup, but with so many Injuries I suspect you will be expecting three points, I will go for a draw. 1-1 as Villa have done well against both Manyoo and Chelski in recent matches.
col8
 

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