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Game #4643

Tuesday, 26 December 2000

Attendance: 40,889


Premier League

9th (-2)

Manchester United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Villa Park

Villa lose for the first time in six games to fall back to ninth in the Premier League table.

Aston Villa


Manchester United

Assist(s) | None


David Ginola, fleeting and peripheral



๐Ÿ” | 38โ€™ Sub off, Alpay ร–zalan, Sub on, Mark Delaney
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Manchester United
๐ŸŸจ | 65โ€™ Booking, George Boateng
๐Ÿ” | 67โ€™ Sub off, Gilles De Bilde, Sub on, Dion Dublin
๐Ÿฅ… | 85โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Ole Gunnar Solskjรฆr
๐Ÿ” | 87โ€™ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Darius Vassell
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United


Another game, another late goal, this time at Villa's expense and in runaway leaders Manchester United's favour.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
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†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Manchester United

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1999-00


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


Season | 2000-01 |
Matchday | #24 |
League Game | #19 |
Manager Game | #134 |
Tuesday, 26 December 2000


Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Kick off: 1.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 14 May 00, Villa 0-1 Chelsea (n)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Manchester United



Villa name an unchanged line up.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.37 |

Oldest Player |
W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 33.94 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.85 |


John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


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

Aston Villa

GK David James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Alpay ร–zalan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
F Gilles De Bilde | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |

Manchester United

GK Fabien Barthez | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Denis Irwin | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
LB Mikaรซl Silvestre | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Wes Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Gary Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Nicky Butt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Roy Keane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Paul Scholes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W David Beckham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ryan Giggs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Ole Gunnar Solskjรฆr | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | โšฝ |


๐Ÿ” | RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | for CB Alpay ร–zalan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท | 38โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Gilles De Bilde | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 87โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | LB Denis Irwin | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Ronnie Wallwork | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | LB Mikaรซl Silvestre | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (RB Phil Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |


GK Raimond Van Der Gouw | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Luke Chadwick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jonathan Greening | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ 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
Homegrown: 2/11

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 : 9/14
Homegrown: 3/14



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 : 6/11

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 : 10/16



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




Not recorded


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โ€œItโ€™s a foregone conclusion; unless Barcelona come with a late run.โ€

*The Guardian*
Wednesday, 27 December, 2000

*Solskjaerโ€™s late strike rewards impeccable United*

Every yuletide Norway sends Britain a fir tree and this Christmas Manchester United have been especially grateful for the spruce finishing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose goals have enabled them to regain and retain their eight-point lead at the top of the Premiership.

Yesterday, in the continued absence of the injured Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole plus the suspended Dwight Yorke, the Norwegian striker scored for the fifth time in as many league matches to bring United a late but thoroughly deserved victory against an Aston Villa side, who seldom lose but have yet to rediscover the art of winning on a regular basis.

Solskjaerโ€™s sharply taken header five minutes from the end denied Villa the muted satisfaction of taking a point from a game in which they were at times outplayed.

The goal crowned an impeccable display of passing and movement by United which suggested that by the end of the season the Liverpool defeat will have turned out to be more a hiccup than a convulsion. Certainly John Gregory, the Villa manager, was not arguing with the notion that Sir Alex Fergusonโ€™s six-times champions are as well set as ever for a first championship hat-trick.

โ€œItโ€™s a foregone conclusion; unless Barcelona come with a late run,โ€ Gregory observed wrily. โ€œToday all 10 of their outfield players were totally comfortable with their passing, which was simple and effective from start to finish.โ€

True enough, although Ferguson admitted that โ€œwhile Ole Solskjaerโ€™s a great finisher and might have had four today, when you create chances and canโ€™t get a goal itโ€™s always possible you might not get something from the game.โ€

A similar thought probably occurred to Villa, except for them it was less a case of chances being missed than almost none being created. Fresh from a 2-1 win at Leeds, Gregoryโ€™s side might have been expected to stretch Manchester United more than they did but with Dion Dublin, who missed Saturdayโ€™s game because his wife had just had a baby, on the bench until the final 25 minutes the Villa attack appeared set on tickling the opposition to death with a feather duster.

With Paul Merson forced deep by Nicky Butt and Roy Keane, and the influence of David Ginola fleeting and peripheral, Gilles de Bilde enjoyed scant support as he took on Gary Neville and Wes Brown at the heart of Unitedโ€™s defence. After half-time, with Merson making closer contact with the front two, Villa achieved some sort of attacking momentum and just past the hour Ginola cut in from the left before centring for De Bildeโ€™s goalbound header to force an instinctive, stretching save from Fabien Barthez.

Had Villa taken the lead it would have made a nonsense of the gameโ€™s prevailing pattern; it would also have punished United for some earlier profligacy. Certainly Solskjaer should have done better than drag his shot wide after Barthez, way out of goal, had caught Villaโ€™s defence square with a perfect example of route one.

Just past the half-hour Scholesโ€™s run saw him well placed to meet David Beckhamโ€™s cross at the far post, but David James managed to keep his header out. After the break Scholes missed the target with a shot and a header, and when Dublin arrived an improving Villa could glimpse something more than a bland, blank draw.

Then Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane worked the ball out to Beckham on the right and from another of his precise crosses, this one to the near post, Solskjaer settled the contest with a nod. Unitedโ€™s last Boxing Day defeat was at Villa Park in 1989. Yesterday, for Gregory and his players, that result looked very much a ghost of Christmas past.