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Villa in town as Reds seek eight point lead

Ed February 1, 2011 Tags: , Matches 148 comments

Manchester United defends a five point Premier League lead tonight with Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Indeed, Sir Alex Ferguson’s outfit could move up to eight points clear with Arsenal also in action on a busy night in the Premier League.

Ferguson can boast a virtually fully fit squad, with most leading lights returning to the side following United’s victory over Southampton in the FA Cup last week. In addition to rested stars, injured defenders Rio Ferdinand and Rafael da Silva are fit to return, while Michael Carrick will feature if an ankle problem has cleared sufficiently. Patrice Evra also returns following a short trip back to France for a family bereavement.

United faces a Villa side with renewed confidence after the £24 million capture of Darren Bent and three wins on the bounce. And without a victory over Villa in the past three meetings between the sides, United is set for another close encounter with the Midlanders.

Ferguson is set to reunite Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov in attack, with each experiencing deeply contrasting fortunes this season. While the Bulgarian has now bagged 19 goals, with a brace against Blackpool last week, Rooney has just one strike from open play this season.

It’s a fact that does not sit comfortably with Ferguson though.

“Some of our critics are making a meal out of the fact that Wayne Rooney is lagging behind in the goal stakes. He is, compared with the bucketload he scored last year, but I am not worried,” said the United manager.

“It is the scoring partnership that matters and the combination between our two front men has improved beyond all recognition. Last year, Wayne benefited from Dimitar’s work but this year it is Berbatov enjoying the last touch.

“If we finish the season with Berbatov scoring 30 and Wayne on 10 – and those are the targets I have in mind – I will be more than happy. That is what I call a successful strike partnership, reminiscent of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.”

Chalkboard versus Aston VillaStill, Ferguson must decide whether to stick with his misfiring £30 million striker or bring Javier Hernandez into the side. The 22-year-old Mexican has scored 11 goals in just 12 starts this season, including vital goals against Blackpool and Southampton in the past week. Although Rooney is favourite to start, the Ferguson has never been afraid to drop his leading stars in the relentless drive for success. Indeed, it is arguable whether Rooney merits a place in the side on current form irrespective of whether Hernandez starts or not.

It is this outlook underpins United success under the Scot’s management over the past quarter century says Ferdinand, with the Reds coming from behind to win twice in the past week.

“You never lose faith when you play for Manchester United,” Ferdinand told The Sun.

“It’s in our make-up the game’s not over until the final whistle has blown and until then you try your hardest.

“If you do that week in, week out, you get a bit of luck and you get your rewards. It comes from the manager – he has got that desire and will to win.

“He’s been here 25 years and if he’s still got it, then why haven’t players who have only been here for a year, two years, 10 years, whatever?

“So it comes from him and filters down through the club and that’s always the way it’s been. That’s why you see it so often that we can come back from adverse situations and create results like we did against Blackpool.”

Meanwhile, Villa will give a late fitness test to Agbonlahor, with the striker suffering a minor hamstring strain. Defender Nathan Baker is suspended, while Fabian Delph has a knee injury. New signing Michael Bradley could play following a deadline day transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Darren Bent return’s the the squad after missing last week’s FA Cup win over Blackburn Rovers.

Despite Villa’s lowly position in the Premier League under-fire manager Gerard Houllier says his team can with at Old Trafford.

“We’re capable of beating any team,” said Houllier.

“We need to take our hats off to the record so far of Manchester United – to stay undefeated for that many games. They’re impressive.

“They were impressive when we played them. It was a thrilling game. The way they came back into the game – I think the goal from Federico Macheda changed everything because it brought a spark of hope. If we’d have been able to hold another ten minutes it would have been different.

“I wish I could play as badly as they do and have the same record! People say that but when they played well they battered Birmingham 5-0, Blackburn 7-1. I hope they don’t play well then!”

While another cricket score seems unlikely, with Villa’s record at Old Trafford respectable in recent years, Ferguson will take any victory and a vital three points in the title race. Indeed, with Chelsea spending more than £70 million on transfer deadline day in a desperate attempt to clam back lost points, Ferguson will be keen to ram home United’s advantage.

Opposition
Villa – 433 – Friedel; Clark, Cuellar, Collins, Walker; Petrov, Reo-Coker, Bannan; Albrighton, Bent, Young. Subs from: Bradley, Marshall, Downing, Delfouneso, Heskey, Pires, Makoun, Agbonlahor.

United
United – 442 – van der Sar; Rafael da Silva, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs; Rooney, Berbatov. Subs from: Kuzszazk, Evans, Brown, Gibson, Owen, Bébé, Lindegaard, Fabio da Silva, O’Shea, Carrick, Anderson, Obertan, Hernández, Smalling.

Officials
Referee: Chris Foy
Assistant referees: Dean Mohareb & Glenn Turner
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

Form
United – WWWWWW
Villa – LWDWWW

148 comments

Spike - February 1, 2011 Reply

Good record against em..means nowt nowadays, happy with 3 points anyway.

Dinkinflicker - February 1, 2011 Reply

I can see us dropping points tonight unfortunately.

RedScot - February 1, 2011 Reply

Its tricky to think how this match is gonna pan out,with us blowing hot and cold all season.
The way I feel right now, a draw would be a satisfactory result, that cant be correct to think like that.Jaysus we are at home, we should be mullering a team like Villa.
Lets just hope we get a Blackburn/Birmingham type performance,and put the Villians to the sword.
I think and believe if for any reason we take a beating tonight,Sir Alex’s words in support of Rooney are going to fall on deaf ears,and he is going to take a right royal pasting everywhere.
Cmon United.

Triggs - February 1, 2011 Reply

Fucking Sheasy

uncleknobheadforfucksake - February 1, 2011 Reply

scholesless team = 0-0

uncleknobheadforfucksake - February 1, 2011 Reply

actually benty will score

away win for houllier at ot again

0-1 murphy pen

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

pleased with the team sheet
should be a good game with villa on the up
need to win
come on united

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Man Utd: Van der Sar, O’Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Carrick, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney.

Subs: Lindegaard, Owen, Anderson, Smalling, Hernandez, Scholes, Fabio Da Silva.

Carrick & Fletcher in midfield

It’s all got to come from Giggs, again

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

no gibson – not even on the bench?
maybe the penny has finally dropped with SAF?

bman - February 1, 2011 Reply

3-0.

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Bardsley scores for Sunderland 1-0 Chelsea

Bill - February 1, 2011 Reply

Stream: http://sportsmax.co.tv/ch1.html

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

shrek needs a couple of goals to settle him into this season
i have a feeling he will get 1 tonight

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

rooooooooooooooooooooooooooney
fucking hell

Bill - February 1, 2011 Reply

Live link ups to other games too. Chel just equalized…

Alfonso Bedoya - February 1, 2011 Reply

uncleknobheadforfucksake said:
scholesless team = 0-0

Nahh… we’ll do ’em large…

4-0

Spike - February 1, 2011 Reply

VDS—Rooooooooooo

Bill - February 1, 2011 Reply

ROOOOOONEY!

Alfonso Bedoya - February 1, 2011 Reply

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Commentators are gutted we have scored early, it’s like a funeral

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

nani should have done better just then

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

lolollol

come on Rooney!!!!!!!!!!

GazNo77 - February 1, 2011 Reply

Anyone got a working stream chaps?

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

come on united
build on the good start

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Arsenal 0-1 Everton

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

anyone got an english stream working please ??

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

sahahahahaha for everton

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Sunderland 2-2 Chelsea

Fucking hell

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

2-2 at stadium of shite
bentley boy
ffs all the united old boys helping out
come on the reds

Alfonso Bedoya - February 1, 2011 Reply

Unregistered User said:
Anyone got a working stream chaps?

Sopcast 82153

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
Sopcast 82153

tks mate

Bill - February 1, 2011 Reply

Saha, Richardson and Bardsley continue their work as undercover agents!

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

If that’s not a penalty then Raf’s wasn’t the other week against Blackpool

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

need to up the tempo

Bill - February 1, 2011 Reply

http://www.aymo.net/p/channel-2.html another stream

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

should have made it 2
that bald cunt saved again

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

come on united

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Good football

Class shot from Nani telling the K Stand to ave it

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

Just got in hi Han , good start, how we doing.

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

hi mad red
brilliant start – shrek scored after 1 min
gone a bit quiet in the last 10 mins though

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

come on united, thanks Han.

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

should really be turning the screw against these brummies – no offence mad red

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Why is Anderson benched nowadays

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

han said:
should really be turning the screw against these brummies – no offence mad red

no offence,Han i hate villa.

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

come on anderson – have a decent game tonight

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Fucking hate Downing

Cunt’s got an attitude problem, like Gibson

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

come on reds
get one more before h/t

bman - February 1, 2011 Reply

come on let’s get another this half. Nice effort by Nani, but I hope we won’t regret these saves.

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

nearly there again
bald cunt saves again
fuck off friedegghead

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

Brad Freakal always has a monster of a game against us, yankee baldy cunt

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

friedel nearly always plays a blinder against us
good goalie
cunt

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

fucking hell danni
great minds think alike

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

lol – just you and me in the Anderson, Gibson fanclub I think

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

the game is there for the winning
up the tempo a little reds

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

danniitronix said:
lol – just you and me in the Anderson, Gibson fanclub I think

there are plenty more but just too shy to say i guess

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

good contribution Ando; foul, ffs.

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

han said:
there are plenty more but just too shy to say i guess

look, I don’t want to get in the way of you and Madred

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Roooneyyyyy

Game over

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

1 min added time?
shittttttttttttttttt
rooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooney

bman - February 1, 2011 Reply

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

danniitronix said:
look, I don’t want to get in the way of you and Madred

no no no
3 some is cool
plus i love ur name……….

bman - February 1, 2011 Reply

incredible cross by Nani

Spike - February 1, 2011 Reply

Perfect pass…then Rooo…about time he got his scoring boots on.

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Brilliant ball from Nani

Robbo - February 1, 2011 Reply

Good to see the Roonster getting goals again long may he continue

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

Genius – Ronaldo-esque cross and cool finish from Rooney.

Rooney is BACK.

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

needed the 2nd goal
could really give them an arse toasting 2nd half if the lads are up for it

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

han said:
no no no
3 some is cool
plus i love ur name……….

he may attack me with his Madred Cock. Me scared.

once again 2-0 – YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

shrek for the hat trick anyone?

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

danniitronix said:
look, I don’t want to get in the way of you and Madred

always room for one more ha Han

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

if the scores stay the same in all the other games – perfect evening

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

just what we needed just before halftime, Rooney is he returning to his best?

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

han said:
if the scores stay the same in all the other games – perfect evening

fingers crossed

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

danniitronix said:
he may attack me with his Madred Cock. Me scared.

once again 2-0 – YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

how did you know i had a cock, lol ,his name is twat because he is always up it.

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

madredmonkey said:
always room for one more ha Han

aye especially the tronixxxxxxxxxxxxxx

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

ffs

Spike said:
encore

http://veetle.com/index.php/channel/view#4d454f2b2e75e

without doubt the best stream – awesome you otherwise good for nothing german sausage

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

want a 3rd
put them to bed

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

come on now united finish the game off, be ruthless.

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

han said:
aye especially the tronixxxxxxxxxxxxxx

OK, let me shave my arse

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

danniitronix said:
OK, let me shave my arse

kinky,

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

cry baby scored for chelsea. 2-3

MANCHESTER IS MY HEAVEN- SIR MATT BUSBY

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

come on united

Alfonso Bedoya - February 1, 2011 Reply

O’Shea, you fucking oaf!

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

arse equalize

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

get a 3rd reds
give the ball to berbs

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Awful freekick

That’s why we can get away with playing O’Shea against Villa

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

fucking hell reds

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

make it difficult ffs

Alfonso Bedoya - February 1, 2011 Reply

FUCK!

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

come on united

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

58 minutes in and its finally competitive

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

cunt

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

careless
come on united

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

come on united.

bman - February 1, 2011 Reply

vidAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

fucking beauty
vidaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

vida

Alfonso Bedoya - February 1, 2011 Reply

Vidic……………… get in!

bman - February 1, 2011 Reply

that was a lovely strike by the terminator

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

STREAM IS FUCKED GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

bman - February 1, 2011 Reply

crap, Arsenal and the Chavs are both winning now. I wish the arse would drop points.

Alfonso Bedoya - February 1, 2011 Reply

Giggs has had a great game.

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

3 minutes later we score

We literally decided to score. For 3 minutes after they scored we played with more urgency; started fighting, tackling, heads up straight away etc.

In the palm of our hand

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

ffs watching this in Rusky now

come on sunderland and saha

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

united inviting villa in again
put ur foot down reds and get a 4th and let us enjoy the game

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

sidney said:
3 minutes later we score

We literally decided to score. For 3 minutes after they scored we played with more urgency; started fighting, tackling, heads up straight away etc.

In the palm of our hand

agreed – we basically pulled our fist out of our shit encrusted arse and started to tackle in midfield

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

berba absolutely not slowing game down today – completly confuses the fuck out of the opposition

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

whats everyone eating tonight – had a jecket potato with cheese, tuna and some beans with dash of tabaso. old skool but still good.

Alfonso Bedoya - February 1, 2011 Reply

Nani… fuck off you fuckin pussy!

Alfonso Bedoya - February 1, 2011 Reply

Pizza… lovely.

Robbo - February 1, 2011 Reply

What a wasted free kick

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

send on sweet pea for the last 15 mins
rooney to stay on
berbs off

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

am off the pizza at the moment – supposed to be doing a 10k run in April so need to stop being a fat ass = hence sensible potato strategy. love pizza though – mmmmmmmmmm

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

unlucky roons

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

unlucky Roo – that;s much more like it – he looks as if he is enjoying the game finally

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

fuck off young with your gayboy snood, scarve what the fuck

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

hernandez or owen

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

or both?

Alfonso Bedoya - February 1, 2011 Reply

Nani…………………….. what a selfish fuck head!

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

berba???????????????
oh come on

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

berbs you TWAT

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

score united ffs

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

unlucky berba

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

Giggs is playing left back

Alfonso Bedoya - February 1, 2011 Reply

Good performance… Rooney back in the goals…

Giggs was excellent.

Alf happy!

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

great result, could have been a banana skin fixture, but we played well and easily won, nice.

han - February 1, 2011 Reply

job done nicely
5 home games left though
lets hope united can produce more of the same on their travels

Spike - February 1, 2011 Reply

Friedel…saved en from a thrashing…amazing goalie

madredmonkey - February 1, 2011 Reply

later everyone , enjoy the evening,

sidney - February 1, 2011 Reply

han said:
job done nicely
5 home games left though
lets hope united can produce more of the same on their travels

6 innit, and 8 away

But aye, it’s time to nail the away form

danniitronix - February 1, 2011 Reply

later guys – good win – media practically praying for us to fuck up

han - February 2, 2011 Reply

sidney said:
6 innit, and 8 away

But aye, it’s time to nail the away form

yes Sid
cheers
the beers doing funny things to the maths…….

sheesh - February 2, 2011 Reply

Most original song by away fans coming to Old Trafford…

(To the tune of ‘we won it 2 times’):

I wanna go home
I wanna go home
Manchester’s a shithole
I wanna go home

…an irony lost on the dirty Brummie wankers. The song did make me smile, though.

herbie simms - February 2, 2011 Reply

Great cross from Nani. When Valencia comes back on that right wing, you will see more goals from Rooney. Everton really blew it. If Arsenal would have lost that game, United would have been 8 points clear and the league title in the bag. But Arsenal have a tough game away coming up and I’m sure we will destroy Wolves, so by the weekend, we could be 8 points clear.

kramer - February 2, 2011 Reply

good enough performance.
rooney and nani were very good. giggs was outstanding.

han - February 2, 2011 Reply

arse don’t start the traditional collapse until after march
however with park due back soon and valencia, much injected vigour in midfield and on the flank will come

Calvino - February 2, 2011 Reply

kramer said:
good enough performance.
rooney and nani were very good. giggs was outstanding.

Giggs was sensational! Nani is our man and am certain that we are about to start getting better. Carrick won a few 50-50 tackles and was really up for it. What a strike from Vida though. Rooney scoring twice is a big bonus and hopefully he will carry on from here.

Chelsea really believe they can rein us in so we must not give them an opening.

Sheesh - February 2, 2011 Reply

Some people think berba slows our attacks down. If anyone was showing out attacks down last night it was carrick. He didn’t have terrible game but he doesn’t offer us anything offensively. Villa sae plenty of the ball and our midfield didn’t have the finesse to get it off them and do something with it.

Ted - February 2, 2011 Reply

Unregistered User said:
Some people think berba slows our attacks down. If anyone was showing out attacks down last night it was carrick. He didn’t have terrible game but he doesn’t offer us anything offensively. Villa sae plenty of the ball and our midfield didn’t have the finesse to get it off them and do something with it.

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Thats Carricks problem though. He shows no aggression what so ever. He’s quite happy to avoid any physical contact and just spray the odd ball around, well the english leagues are full of players that can do what Carrick does. His lack of desire and infectious lethargy seems to rub off on the likes of Fletcher, who does’nt mind putting himself about now and again. I’ve always looked upon Carrick as a passenger, and don’t rate him. I fail to see what he has ever offerd us. Goals, no. Inspiration, no. Leader, no. He’s the most negative midfielder i can ever recall us having, possibly since Butch.

brianofnazareth - February 2, 2011 Reply

Calvino said:
Giggs was sensational! Nani is our man and am certain that we are about to start getting better. Carrick won a few 50-50 tackles and was really up for it. What a strike from Vida though. Rooney scoring twice is a big bonus and hopefully he will carry on from here.

Chelsea really believe they can rein us in so we must not give them an opening.

Cal serious question do you think we should give Giggs another year? he is clearly one of our best midfielders!

Ted - February 2, 2011 Reply

brianofnazareth said:
Cal serious question do you think we should give Giggs another year? he is clearly one of our best midfielders!

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It all depends on if we can off load the likes of Carrick and Anderson Bri. Your right that Giggs is playing well, and whilst our centre mid is seriously sluggish, Fergie has to keep a bit of fizz on the side with the likes of Giggsy and Scholses. Because we don’t really have any other outlet to get the ball forward. Fletch is Fletch, Ando is 2 stone over weight and Carrick thinks the opponents half of the pitch is ladened with claymore land mines so does’nt go there. Thats why Giggs and Scholes have been key because they have the intelligence and the know how. The others simply don’t.

We are going to need a full revamp of our midfield in the summer.

Carrick, Anderson, and Hargreaves should be off loaded and replaced without delay.

Alfonso Bedoya - February 2, 2011 Reply

Calvino said:
Giggs was sensational! Nani is our man and am certain that we are about to start getting better. Carrick won a few 50-50 tackles and was really up for it. What a strike from Vida though. Rooney scoring twice is a big bonus and hopefully he will carry on from here.

Chelsea really believe they can rein us in so we must not give them an opening.

Nani still pisses me off… one minute he’s brilliant, providing an outstanding cross for Rooneys’ second… and the next, he’s refusing the simple, killer pass in favour of a run to nothing… or falling down like a big fairy.

And we’ve still got to play the Renties twice… we must win one of those.

danniitronix - February 2, 2011 Reply

Alfonso Bedoya said:
Nani still pisses me off… one minute he’s brilliant, providing an outstanding cross for Rooneys’ second… and the next, he’s refusing the simple, killer pass in favour of a run to nothing… or falling down like a big fairy.

And we’ve still got to play the Renties twice… we must win one of those.

yep, same as Ronnie before him – he will be more consistent and intelligent with timr

Dinkinflicker - February 2, 2011 Reply

I thought Carrick had a decent game last night to be fair.

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