Game #4659

1999-00

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Position:

6th (-)

Premier League

Manchester United

Villa Park

Attendance: 39,217

Sunday, 14 May 2000

Villa lose for only the second time in twenty one Premier League games as they suffer a final day defeat at home in their pre-FA Cup final warm up. Although the result is meaningless for Villa's already secured 6th place, John Gregory strikes a strangely downbeat stance despite being on the eve of a potentially monumental day in Villa's history.

Aston Villa

0-1

Manchester United

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None

AT A GLANCE

Game #4659

Season | 1999-00 |
Matchday | #51 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #108 |
Sunday, 14 May 2000

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | John Gregory |
Referee | Paul Durkin, Dorset |
FT Result | Lost |
FT Score | 0-1 |
Last 5 Games | WDDDL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Durkin

MATCH INCIDENTS

Paul Durkin

Villa

🟨 |

Manchester United

🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.55 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | 32.17 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | 19.23 |

TEAM NEWS

Peter Enckelman replaces David James as George Boateng replaces Alan Thompson.

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MANAGER

John Gregory

STAFF

Assistant Manager: John Deehan

STARTING LINE UP

GK Peter Enckelman |
LB Alan Wright |
FB Mark Delaney |
CB Gareth Southgate |
CB Ugo Ehiogu |
M Lee Hendrie |
M Paul Merson |
M George Boateng |
M Gareth Barry |
F Benito Carbone |
CF Dion Dublin |

SUBSTITUTES

F Julian Joachim for F Benito Carbone | 59’ |
M Ian Taylor for M Lee Hendrie | 64’ |
M Alan Thompson for M George Boateng | 80’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

FB Jlloyd Samuel
GK Neil Cutler

THE OPPOSITION

van der Houw, Irwin, Higginbotham (Wallwork), Neville P, Berg, Silvestre, Giggs, Scholes, Sheringham (g), Yorke (ex), Solskjær (Cruyff). Manager: Alex Ferguson.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa lose for only the second time in 21 Premier League outings and finish the season in 6th place, however the team's form going into the FA Cup final was far from ideal.

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MATCH TIMELINE

HT Aston Villa 0-0 Manchester United
59’ Sub off, Benito Carbone, Sub on, Julian Joachim
64’ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Ian Taylor
65’ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United)
80’ Sub off, George Boateng, Sub on, Alan Thompson
Booking, Mark Delaney
FT Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“I think some of the players were preoccupied with next Saturday.

“That’s been the case for the past six weeks since we won the semi-final against Bolton.

“It hasn’t been easy, as anyone who has been involved in an FA Cup final will tell you.”

John Gregory.

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*The Guardian*
Sunday, 14 May 2000

"This was only Villa’s second Premiership defeat in 21 matches and their manager John Gregory was in downbeat mood. “I think some of the players were preoccupied with next Saturday,” he said."

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*United cash in on Villa’s distraction*

An under-strength Manchester United line-up suggested that Aston Villa’s hopes of a meaningful warm-up for the FA Cup final were most likely to be provided by the May sunshine.

But despite the absence of several players, either injured or rested for Euro 2000, Teddy Sheringham’s goal ensured a familiar result for United and an unfamiliar one for Villa.

This was only Villa’s second Premiership defeat in 21 matches and their manager John Gregory was in downbeat mood. “I think some of the players were preoccupied with next Saturday,” he said.

“That’s been the case for the past six weeks since we won the semi-final against Bolton. It hasn’t been easy, as anyone who has been involved in an FA Cup final will tell you.”

For Wembley it is reasonable to assume that the goalkeeper David James and midfielder Ian Taylor will be the two alterations made to the Villa XI that started yesterday.

It was not the first time this season that Sir Alex Ferguson has sent an under-strength team to Villa Park. An even more inexperienced and youthful line-up lost there in the Worthington Cup in October.

This time the absences in the United line-up meant a half each for the youngsters Danny Higginbottom and Ronnie Wallwork while others played in unfamiliar positions. The central midfield duo comprised Phil Neville and Dwight Yorke, who was predictably booed by the home contingent who have not forgiven him for defecting to Old Trafford last season.

Despite the low-key performance Villa had their chances. Benito Carbone swept Paul Merson’s low, left-wing cross just wide of the post in the first half and Dion Dublin had a header cleared off the line by Phil Neville in the second. But by then Sheringham, taking advantage when Jordi Cruyff’s right-wing cross bounced off Ugo Ehiogu, had converted his sixth goal of the season.

Dublin almost rescued the game in the closing seconds with a rasping shot that Raimond van der Gouw tipped over and then with a header that hit the bar.

Had that gone in it would have prevented United establishing a Premiership record of 11 successive victories. But it would have been a minor omission from the catalogue of records set by Ferguson’s team.

Their points tally is a record for the Premiership, their goals total of 97 the best in the top flight for almost 40 years and the margin of points between them and second-placed Arsenal also sets a new standard.

In terms of trophies, though, compared to last this season has been one of under-achievement, something Ferguson already seems determined to put right. “I think we are quite capable of doing just as well next season,” he said.

“We’ve proved we can retain the championship this season and are convinced we can do so again. It will be interesting to see who Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Leeds buy in the summer to challenge us.”

*United cash in on Villa’s distraction*

An under-strength Manchester United line-up suggested that Aston Villa’s hopes of a meaningful warm-up for the FA Cup final were most likely to be provided by the May sunshine.

But despite the absence of several players, either injured or rested for Euro 2000, Teddy Sheringham’s goal ensured a familiar result for United and an unfamiliar one for Villa.

This was only Villa’s second Premiership defeat in 21 matches and their manager John Gregory was in downbeat mood. “I think some of the players were preoccupied with next Saturday,” he said.

“That’s been the case for the past six weeks since we won the semi-final against Bolton. It hasn’t been easy, as anyone who has been involved in an FA Cup final will tell you.”

For Wembley it is reasonable to assume that the goalkeeper David James and midfielder Ian Taylor will be the two alterations made to the Villa XI that started yesterday.

It was not the first time this season that Sir Alex Ferguson has sent an under-strength team to Villa Park. An even more inexperienced and youthful line-up lost there in the Worthington Cup in October.

This time the absences in the United line-up meant a half each for the youngsters Danny Higginbottom and Ronnie Wallwork while others played in unfamiliar positions. The central midfield duo comprised Phil Neville and Dwight Yorke, who was predictably booed by the home contingent who have not forgiven him for defecting to Old Trafford last season.

Despite the low-key performance Villa had their chances. Benito Carbone swept Paul Merson’s low, left-wing cross just wide of the post in the first half and Dion Dublin had a header cleared off the line by Phil Neville in the second. But by then Sheringham, taking advantage when Jordi Cruyff’s right-wing cross bounced off Ugo Ehiogu, had converted his sixth goal of the season.

Dublin almost rescued the game in the closing seconds with a rasping shot that Raimond van der Gouw tipped over and then with a header that hit the bar.

Had that gone in it would have prevented United establishing a Premiership record of 11 successive victories. But it would have been a minor omission from the catalogue of records set by Ferguson’s team.

Their points tally is a record for the Premiership, their goals total of 97 the best in the top flight for almost 40 years and the margin of points between them and second-placed Arsenal also sets a new standard.

In terms of trophies, though, compared to last this season has been one of under-achievement, something Ferguson already seems determined to put right. “I think we are quite capable of doing just as well next season,” he said.

“We’ve proved we can retain the championship this season and are convinced we can do so again. It will be interesting to see who Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Leeds buy in the summer to challenge us.”