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Game #4377

Saturday, 19 August 1995

Attendance: 34,655


Premier League


Manchester United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa open the season with a famous victory - not just because of the overhyped opposition - but the sheer velocity and force of the dynamic football on display and the instant connection of Brian Little's newly constructed team.

Aston Villa


Manchester United

Assist(s) | Gary Charles | 14โ€™ | Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | 27โ€™ |


Mark Draper, debut master class




๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Gareth Southgate, Mark Draper, Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡
14โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ian Taylor, Assist by Gary Charles
27โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Mark Draper, Assist by Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡
37โ€™ Goal, 3-0, Dwight Yorke (pen)
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 3-0 Manchester United
๐Ÿ” | 50โ€™ Sub off, Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡, Sub on, Tommy Johnson
๐Ÿฅ… | 82โ€™ Goal, 3-1, (Manchester United), David Beckham
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Dwight Yorke, Sub on, Riccardo Scimeca ๐ŸŸข
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 3-1 Manchester United


A fine opening win of the season for new look Villa under Brian Little. Only Mark Bosnich, Ugo Ehiogu, Paul McGrath, Andy Townsend and Dwight Yorke remained in the 15 man squad that lined up at the start of the previous season.

Centre back Gareth Southgate made his Villa debut aged 24 after joining from Crystal Palace for a fee of ยฃ3,380,000.

Midfielder Mark Draper made a goalscoring debut appearance for Villa aged 24 after joining from Leicester City for a fee of ยฃ3,250,000.

Forward Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ made his Villa debut aged 21 after moving from Partizan Belgrade for ยฃ1,350,000

Centre Back Riccardo Scimeca made his first appearance for Villa as an 86โ€™ substitute after coming through the ranks of Youth football at Villa.

Future Villa โ€˜keeper Peter Schmeichel and future Villa assistant manager Roy Keane line up for Manchester United.

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†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1993-94

Manchester United

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1993-94


Manchester United

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


Season | 1995-96 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #31 |
Saturday, 19 August 1995


Manager: Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: Robbie Hart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Darlington, 1986-1996
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ


Referee: Robbie Hart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Darlington, 1986-1996
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 6 May 1995, Villa 2-0 Liverpool, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ




Manchester United


Robbie Hart


Villa hand debuts to Gareth Southgate, Mark Draper, Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ for the first game of the season.


Starting XI Average Age
| 26.03 |

Oldest Player |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 35.73 |

Youngest Player |
F Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | 21.98 |



Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Gary Charles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |
CB Paul McGrath | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Andy Townsend | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸข | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |

Manchester United

GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Denis Irwin | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Gary Pallister | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Paul Parker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Gary Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Phil Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Roy Keane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Nicky Butt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Scholes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Lee Sharpe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Brian McClair | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |


๐Ÿ” | CF Tommy Johnson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | 50โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | for CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | 86โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | CB Gary Pallister | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (RB John O'Kane | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | RB Phil Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W David Beckham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |)


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


M Simon Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |


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

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 : 10/14



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

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 : 11/14



Not recorded


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


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance


CF Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |



Not recorded


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"Ian Taylor opened the scoring on 14 minutes, with a delightful end to end move setting up Mark Draper for the second."

*The Sports Argus*
Saturday, 19 August 1995

Villa produced a glorious first half attacking display to destroy Manchester United in front of an opening day full house at Villa Park.

Brian Littleโ€™s reshaped outfit turned on the style to establish a three goal lead against a depleted United side.

Ian Taylor opened the scoring on 14 minutes, with a delightful end to end move setting up Mark Draper for the second.

New boy Draper was also involved in the 37th minute move which ended with Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ being pulled down and Dwight Yorke converting the penalty.

Sadly Miloลกeviฤ‡โ€™s involvement ended six minutes after the restart the ยฃ3.5 million record signing being carried off on a stretcher after a nasty collision with full back Dennis Irwin.

There was no question about Villa superiority in the opening stages. Yorke put a low cross too near to Schmeichel and when Miloลกeviฤ‡ cleverly back heeled Draperโ€™s 25 your drive was blocked on the edge of the area by Sharpe.

The visitors first threat came from the unlikeliest of sources in the 13th minute, Bosnich lost concentration as he moved to collect Ugo Ehioguโ€™s throw in and the ball rolled past him and went tantalisingly towards goal.

Thankfully for the keeper, it carried little momentum, and he was able to rush back and save his blushes.

Having escaped that embarrassment Villa deservedly stormed in from in the 14th minute.

Wright and Yorke combined cleverly down the left with the Trinidad and Tobago international delivering a powerful cross from the by line which took a deflection beyond the far post.

Charles collected the loose ball and drilled it low and hard to the near post where Taylor got in front of Schmeichel to make a vital contact and prod it over the line.

United produced the first serious threat of their own in the 23rd minute and again Ehiogu had the misfortune to be involved, this time the towering defender slipped as he attempted to cut out a Scholes through ball allowing Butt to charge into the penalty area and hit a tremendous right foot drive which flew just too high.

Once again however Villa responded to a moment of adversity in the best possible fashion and three minutes later they were two up.

The goal stemmed from a United attack which broke down went Wright made a superb sliding tackle to halt Phil Neville on the home byline.

Wright quickly got to his feet and played the ball forward to Draper who in turn switched it forward to Yorke.

With United back pedalling furiously, Yorkeโ€™s pass picked out Miloลกeviฤ‡, and the ยฃ3.3 million record signing played it square to Draper who had made a strong run from midfield.

The former Leicester player had time to pick his spot, leaving the unguarded Schmeichel with a low right foot drive from just inside the penalty area.

It was turning out to be a gala occasion for Littleโ€™s men who increased their lead to 3 nil with a 37th minute penalty.

Draper was again instrumental in the build up, his delightful chip forward sending Miloลกeviฤ‡ racing into the dangerzone.

The new striker held off Pallisterโ€™s challenge and was just about to bring the ball under control when he was sent sprawling by the diving Schmeichel.

United protested that the challenge had been fair but referee Hart pointed straight to the spot and Yorke calmly sent the keeper the wrong way with a cool right foot penalty.

Just before half-time Villa piled on the agony when a move of at least a dozen passes which had United chasing shadows until Parker unceremoniously brought down Miloลกeviฤ‡.

Half-time Aston Villa three; Manchester United nil.

A shellshocked United started the second half with Beckham taking over from Phil Neville at right back.

Draper nearly caught the visitors on the hop again with a magnificent drilling cross which Schmeichel held acrobatically as Miloลกeviฤ‡ moved in menacingly.

Sadly, the Serb striker was able to make little further impact on the match, being stretchered off in the 50th minute after colliding heavily with Irwin as he charged through the middle.

Johnson took over as substitute - but not before Bosnich had preserved Villaโ€™s three goal advantage with a fabulous reflex save.

Beckhamโ€™s cross from the right was flicked on by Scholes, and Keane powered his way forward for a thumping headers which was heading for the top corner until Bosnich brilliantly stretched to tip it over.

A challenge by Townsend on on Pallister left the United central defender needing treatment. He rejoined the action after a few minutes but it was clear he would be unable to continue with Oโ€™kane taking over in the 59th minute.

Despite having a little hope of pulling the game round United look dangerous on occasion and Bosnich again came to Villaโ€™s rescue in the 62nd minute.

Sharpe moving onto a loose ball 30 yards out spotted the keeper off his line and cleverly floated the ball goalwards.

Once again however Bosnich was equal to the task, leaping backwards to catch the ball just when it looked certain to go in.

The visitors finally got the goal they deserved on 85 minutes Beckhamโ€™s 25 yard shot taking a deflection and dipping over a stranded Bosnich.

Three minutes from time Scimeca made his Villa first team bow replacing Yorke.

Argus man of the match: Draper