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Game #4232

Wednesday, 28 October 1992

Attendance: 35,964

Won

League Cup 3rd Round

3rd Round

Manchester United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa see off a spiteful Alex Ferguson's Manchester United side in the third round of the League Cup.

Aston Villa

1-0

Manchester United

Assist(s) | Kevin Richardson | 75' |

KEY MAN

Paul McGrath, winner.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Manchester United
โšฝ | 75โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Dean Saunders, Assist by Kevin Richardson
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester United

ON THIS DAY

Villa were now unbeaten in 10 games, winning 7 under Ron Atkinson as they beat Manchester United in the League Cup with an extra pique of delight following the spiteful comments of Alex Ferguson about Paul McGrath that had appalled many in the football community.

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†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1991-92

FIXTURE HISTORY

Manchester United

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1992-93 |
Matchday | #16 |
Manager Game | #67 |
Wednesday, 28 October 1992

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Ron Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 1991-1994
Referee: Philip Don | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Middlesex, 1986โ€“1995
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Philip Don | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Middlesex, 1986โ€“1995
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 19 September 1992, Villa 4-2 Liverpool, Villa Park.
Incidents: ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

Manchester United

๐ŸŸจ

Philip Don

TEAM NEWS

Garry Parker returns as Bryan Small drops back to the subs bench.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age | 27.91 |

Oldest Player |
GK Nigel Spink | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 34.25 |

Youngest Player |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | 21.00 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Ron Atkinson | 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 Earl Barrett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Shaun Teale | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Garry Parker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ray Houghton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Kevin Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Dalian Atkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dean Saunders | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |

Manchester United

GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Clayton Blackmore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
LB Denis Irwin | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Steve Bruce | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gary Pallister | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Paul Parker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Darren Ferguson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Paul Ince | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ryan Giggs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Brian McClair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
CF Mark Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | LB Denis Irwin | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (W Andrey Kanchelskis | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

LB Bryan Small | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Dave Farrell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

M Neil Webb | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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 : 7/11

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 : 9/13

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 : 9/11

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 : 11/13

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

"Paul will be ranked as one of the best centre halves ever to have played for Manchester United.

โ€œAnd judging by his performances for us, he's one of the best to have played for Villa as well.

"I thought he provided a perfect answer to recent comments made about him with a mature and top flight display.

โ€œI read things saying we are better than this team, better than that team.

โ€œI feel when we are playing well we can match anyone in the country; weโ€™re not bad at the moment.

โ€œBut thereโ€™s plenty of football still to be played.

โ€œThe measure of a good side is when youโ€™ve actually won a pot.โ€

Ron Atkinson.

*Birmingham Evening Mail*
Thursday, 29 October 1992

QUIET man Paul McGrath had the last laugh in his war of words with Alex Ferguson last night.

But the classy centre back also enjoyed the luck of the Irish as a Dean Saunders goal gave Aston Villa a 1-0 victory against Manchester United in this Coca-Cola Cup tie.

For one breathtaking moment late in the game it looked as if McGrath had gifted United a goal when he deflected a Ryan Giggs cross . . . but his header came back off the upright and then Nigel Spink brilliantly saved a Mark Hughes shot from the rebound.

"I had intended to turn the ball away for a corner but I had a call in mid-air and I changed my mind." admitted a relieved McGrath afterwards.

"Fortunately. Nigel saved my blushes."

The 'keeper recalled: "I looked at Mark Hughes and he was just going to blatter it. He must have thought that was it, that he'd got the equaliser. I didn't have time to react, I just made myself as big as I could.

"It hit me in the nether regions and I'm feeling very sore. But it's worth it. We had a bit of luck."

A late United equaliser would have been especially painful for McGrath.

Angry words have flashed between Manchester and Birmingham in the wake of his departure from Old Trafford.

Indeed, the Irishman is pursuing a libel action against Ferguson for remarks about him in the Old Trafford manager's autobiography.

Inevitabl , last night's game was billed as a grudge match between the two but McGrath calmly sidestepped the controversy.

"I always get a buzz playing against United and this game is no exception. I was just relieved Nigel Spink was in such good form." he said with typical restraint.

Ron Atkinson pinned his colours to the mast. "Paul will be ranked as one of the best centre halves ever to have played for Manchester United. And judging by his performances for us, he's one of the best to have played for Villa as well."

Atkinson, who had signed McGrath for United from St Pat's, added: "I thought he provided a perfect answer to recent comments made about him with a mature and top flight display.

"United may feel aggrieved that they are not in the fourth round but we would have been similarly disappointed had we not won." added Atkinson.

Saunders pounced more than 15 minutes from time for the most valuable of his seven goals in nine games since his ยฃ2.3m move from Anfield.

Fatally, United left him loosely marked at the far post for Kevin Richardson's corner and neither Clayton Blackmore nor Paul Ince could stop him heading home.

It was only United's second defeat in the competition in 20 matches. The only other time Ferguson has been upstaged was in the 1991 final by Sheffield Wednesday when Atkinson was their manager.

In fact. apart from an exit on the away goal rule, the Villa manager has not seen a side of his beaten in open play in this competition since 1989.