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Game #4113

Tuesday, 17 April 1990

Attendance: 44,080

Lost

Division One

2nd (-)

Manchester United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Old Trafford

10,000 travelling fans witness Villa lose at Old Trafford in a game they should have been capable of winning as they remain second in the table, one point behind Liverpool who now have two games in hand after being given an extra day of rest compared to Villa by the League.

Manchester United

2-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Paul McGrath, first return to Old Trafford.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 24โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Mark Robins
๐Ÿฅ… | 45โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester United), Mark Robins
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Manchester United 2-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 70โ€™ Sub off, Derek Mountfield, Sub on, Ian Olney
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Manchester United 2-0 Aston Villa

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Mark Blake, Heavy tackle
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Derek Mountfield, Trip
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Ian Olney, Dangerous play

ON THIS DAY

Graham Taylorโ€™s Villa lose for the fifth time in ten League games and now have nineteen first division victories in twenty eight games as they remain second five points behind leaders Liverpool and seven ahead of third placed Arsenal.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1981-82

Manchester United

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1989-90

FIXTURE HISTORY

Manchester United

Previous 5 vs. United: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1989-90 |
Matchday | #49 |
League Match | #35 |
Manager Game | #147 |
Tuesday, 17 April 1990

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 1987-1990
Referee: Mike Peck | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kendal, 1977-1995
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Peck | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kendal, 1977-1995
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 12 March 1989, Villa 0-0 Manchester United, Villa Park.
Incidents: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Manchester United

None

Mike Peck

TEAM NEWS

Mark Blake (first start since October) replaces Paul Birch.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.54 |

Oldest Player |
GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.71 |

Youngest Player |
M Mark Blake | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.35 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Alex Ferguson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Chris Price | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Derek Mountfield | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Kent Nielsen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Stuart Gray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Blake | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gordon Cowans | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M David Platt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Tony Daley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Tony Cascarino | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Manchester United

GK Les Sealey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Colin Gibson (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Gary Pallister | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Viv Anderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Neil Webb | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Bryan Robson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mike Phelan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Danny Wallace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Mark Robins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ |
CF Brian McClair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Mark Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Ian Olney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | for CB Derek Mountfield | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 70' |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | LB Colin Gibson (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (LB Clayton Blackmore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | RB Viv Anderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Russell Beardsmore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

CB Andy Comyn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

None

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/13

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 13/13

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"We are not giving up, you just never know.

โ€œSince we lost consecutive games to Crystal Palace and Manchester City, Liverpool have been favourites.

"Even if they lose tonight, they will still be. We are running out of games.

"We were not outplayed by United. We were outscored.

โ€œWe have not been prolific scorers all season but now they have dried up.

"We were not as sharp as Robins was.

"He was clinical and looks to me like a natural scorer.

โ€œNow we must prove we are not Just a flash in the pan.

โ€œWe must feel that we can do at least as well next season."

Graham Taylor.

*Irish Independent*
Wednesday, 18 April 1990

Paul McGrath had hoped to return in triumph to Old Trafford . . . instead, he was forced to swallow defeat and concede that Aston Villa's Championship dreams had virtually expired.

Mark Robins, the 20-year-old striker was the toast of the Stretford End once again last night.

And his two first half goals against Villa will also be popular down the East Lancs Road in Liverpool.

Liverpool are now red hot favourites for the title.

They are a point ahead of Villa with two games in hand and only five to play.

McGrath admitted: "You've got to concede it's looking dodgy for us. They've got games in the bank, which clearly doesn't help our cause."

Discarded by Alex Ferguson last summer and bought for a ยฃ400,000 'song' by Graham Taylor, McGrath had starred in the Claret and Blue this season as Villa soared to the top of the table.

Taylor rates McGrath as the best buy he has ever made in his managerial career but, clearly, Paul still had a point to make last night.

Robins spoiled the party but McGrath still managed to raise a smile. "I felt a bit nervous coming back to Old Trafford," he said. "Even though we got the wrong result, I still enjoyed it."

As for Robins, he said: "I always rated him when I was here. He always got a lot of goals at junior level. At half time, I was asked to mark him very closely and I did that. The lad didn't do much after the interval.โ€

By then it was too late. Robins had already boosted his personal tally to six goals in six matches. On from the start, he put United ahead in the 25th minute with a superb diving header. Then Mark Hughes' penetrating pass from the right sent Robins racing into the box and he nonchalantly chipped goalkeeper Nigel Spink. Viv Anderson also hit the Villa bar in a game the Midlanders needed to win to overhaul Liverpool.