Game #5385

Season | 2015-16 |

Matchday | #40 |
League Game | #34 |
Premier League Match-week | #34 |  
Manager Game | #3 |
Saturday, 16 April 2016
Premier League | Away | Manchester United | OId Trafford | 75,411 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Eric Black | Caretaker |

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Kevin Friend | 

HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 0-1 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | LLLLL | 

League Position | 20th | - |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
LB Kieran Richardson |
BOOKED | 65' | SUB OFF | 82' | FINAL |
RB Aly Cissokho |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB Ciaran Clark |
CB Joleon Lescott |
M Ashley Westwood |
M Idrissa Gueye |
M Leandro Bacuna |
F Jordan Ayew |
F Scott Sinclair |

Substitutes |

F Rudy Gestede for LB Kieran Richardson | 82’ |    


Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
CB Micah Richards
M Carlos Sánchez 
W Carles Gil
M Jordan Lyden
M Jack Grealish

Cards |

 Yellow | Kieran Richardson | 65’ |

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 28.40 | 

Oldest Player | CB Joleon Lescott | 33.69 |

Youngest Player | F Jordan Ayew | 24.61 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

LB Jordan Amavi |

CF Libor Kozák | 

Loaned Out |

CB Nathan Baker | Bristol City | 1 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

GK Jed Steer | Huddersfield Town | 11 September 2015 - 31 May 2016 | 

D Janoi Donacien | Newport County | 24 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

F Callum Robinson | Preston North End | 5 January 2016 - 30 June 2016 | 

M Gary Gardner | Nottingham Forest | 8 January 2016 - 31 May 2016 | 

LB Joe Bennett | Sheffield Wednesday | 19 January 2016 - 31 May 2016 | 

FB José Ángel Crespo | Rayo Vallecano | 20 January 2016 - 30 June 2016 | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 35
Possession A | 65
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 6
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 14
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 9

 On this day 16 April 2016 

​Villa's 9th consecutive league loss for the first time since 1962-63 and only the second time in the club's history​ confirmed relegation to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1986-87.​

Left back Kieran Richardson made his final appearance for Villa aged 31 before being released in July 2016. Richardson, a £675,000 signing from Fulham in July 2014 made 41 appearances, 9 as substitute over his 2 seasons with Villa.

Match Report

Sky Sports

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Aston Villa’s relegation to the Championship has been confirmed after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford’s seventh goal of the season, turning in Antonio Valencia’s low cross on 32 minutes, proved the winner in Villa’s 24th defeat of the season, which leaves them an insurmountable 15 points short of safety with four games left.


The West Midlands club end their 28-year stay in the top-flight with one of the poorest campaigns from any Premier League side - and they went out with a whimper.

Substitute Rudy Gestede went closest late on when he hit the post from a corner but United should have scored more, with Memphis Depay hitting the post in stoppage time, as Wayne Rooney made his first start in over two months after injury.


Villa’s fate has appeared a foregone conclusion for some time, with the club sitting bottom of the division since November 2 and winning just three games all season, but that will do little to soften the blow to one of England’s biggest clubs.

The hosts were buoyed by the return of Rooney, making his first start since February 13 as one of five changes to the side that won at West Ham in midweek, with boss Louis van Gaal mindful of another game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday and an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next weekend.

Rooney was lively and influential from the start and his side bossed the opening 20 minutes, with Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling both heading wide from corners before Juan Mata danced into the area and should have found the target from 12 yards.

At the other end, Jordan Ayew and Kieran Richardson smashed speculative efforts over the bar from distance as Villa struggled to cope with United’s movement, and Valencia found space on the right to pick out Rashford for a well-taken opener.

Villa had a debatable case for a penalty as Ayew was brought down in the box, but got nothing, and the forward continued to be a rare live-wire for the away side, almost finding the net on the stroke of half-time when a close-range shot was blocked by Smalling.

United then had their own shout fora penalty when Rashford was brought down by Alan Hutton, but got nothing either, before the young striker got up and was put through by Mata to flash a shot wide of the near post.

Depay and Daley Blind flashed excellent crosses in front of the Villa goal as United hunted for a second, but they were fortunate not to draw the game after Gestede emerged from the bench to cause problems.

The goal was gaping as the forward tried to turn home Ayew’s cut back, but his shot was blocked, before he volleyed against the upright with six minutes left.

But Villa had to win to have any hope of embarking on a great escape and, as they have done for most of the season, they fell short of what is required to win a Premier League football match.