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Game #4673

Sunday, 26 August 2001

Attendance: 42,632

Drew

Premier League

14th (-3)

Manchester United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Villa Park

Villa make it consecutive Premier League draws to open the season as they sit 14th in the early table under John Gregory.

Aston Villa

1-1

Manchester United

Assist(s) | Hassan Kachloul | 4โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Alpay ร–zalan, stoppage time own goal

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 4โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Darius Vassell, Assist by Hassan Kachloul
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester United
๐Ÿ” | 64โ€™ Sub off, Paul Merson, Sub on, Mustapha Hadji
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Juan Pablo รngel, Sub on, Boลกko Balaban ๐ŸŸข
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™+3 Goal, 1-1, (Manchester United), Alpay ร–zalan o.g.
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United

ON THIS DAY

An injury time own goal by Alpay ร–zalan costs Villa a first win since 1995 against Manchester United as Croatian Forward Boลกko Balaban made his Villa debut aged 22 after joining from Dinamo Zagreb for a fee of ยฃ7,020,000 in July.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
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†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2000-01

FIXTURE HISTORY

Manchester United

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2001-02 |
Matchday | #8 |
League Game | #2 |
Manager Game | #164 |
Sunday, 26 August 2001

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Graham Barber | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Tring, 1994-2004
Kick off: 1.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Barber | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Tring, 1994-2004
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 13 January 2001, Villa 0-3 Liverpool, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

Manchester United

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Graham Barber

TEAM NEWS

Steve Staunton, Gareth Barry, Steve Stone and David Ginola drop out as Olof Mellberg, Hassan Kachloul, Paul Merson and Alan Wright return.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.69 |

Oldest Player |
GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 37.80 |

Youngest Player |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.22 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

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

Aston Villa

GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Alpay ร–zalan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Hassan Kachloul | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Manchester United

GK Roy Carroll | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
LB Mikaรซl Silvestre | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Wes Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
RB Gary Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Juan Sebastiรกn Verรณn | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Roy Keane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Paul Scholes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W David Beckham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Ryan Giggs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Ruud van Nistelrooy | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Mustapha Hadji | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | for M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 64โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Boลกko Balaban | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸข | for CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 79โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | LB Mikaรซl Silvestre | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (RB Phil Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | W David Beckham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Andrew Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Paul Scholes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Ole Gunnar Solskjรฆr | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W David Ginola | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Raimond Van Der Gouw | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Dwight Yorke (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |

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 : 5/11
Homegrown: 2/11

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 : 6/16
Homegrown: 3/16

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 : 6/11

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 : 8/16

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

F Boลกko Balaban | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œThrowing two points away in the manner we did and at the time we did it.โ€

John Gregory.

*The Guardian*
Monday Aug 27, 2001

*Villa show up frailty of Ferguson defence*

It looks like being a close-run thing between Manchester United balancing their books and Sir Alex Ferguson balancing their team.

As close perhaps as the own-goal by Alpay Ozalan in stoppage time that spared the champions defeat yesterday and deprived Aston Villa of their first Premiership win over United in five seasons.

Though United deserved a point, if only for the quality of Juan Sebastian Veronโ€™s football, they again had to chase a game through defensive shortcomings.

The fact that at this moment Ferguson sells Jaap Stam, one of the best centre-backs in Europe, suggests either that United have an exceptional replacement lined up or that the clubโ€™s plc is pressing to recoup some of the ยฃ47m spent on Veron and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Probably a bit of both, although if Stamโ€™s replacement turns out to to be the 35-year-old Laurent Blanc, once an outstanding libero but now past his best, Old Trafford supporters may feel mammon has been better served than Unitedโ€™s chances of making a bigger impact in the Champions League this time than in the past two seasons.

Ferguson said that the decision to let Stam go was his alone and would help fulfil the need to change elements of the team that marked time last season despite completing a championship hat-trick. Changes have been needed, but this is like trying to put on sail and change tack by chopping down the mainmast, even if he did write a book criticising his team-mates. All Unitedโ€™s defence did yesterday was recall why Stam had been signed in the first place.

Had Aston Villa taken one of several chances they created after Darius Vassell had given them a fourth-minute lead they would probably have won, a result that would not have flattered them.

John Gregoryโ€™s close-season signings have given his squad greater depth and the attack has more scoring potential. Yesterday Darius Vassell, a stocky, bustling Brummie who caught the eye last season, preyed on Unitedโ€™s Stam-less central defence while the Colombian Juan Pablo Angel was tireless in his efforts to link the play up front.

In midfield the combination of Lee Hendrieโ€™s vision and George Boatengโ€™s willingness to match Roy Keane, Veron and Paul Scholes physically gave Villa parity for much of the game. Scholesโ€™s frustration showed in a nasty high tackle on Boateng 20 minutes from the end and he was fortunate to stay on the pitch.

Fortunately for Villa the Dutch midfielder was able to resume and his presence became even more imperative towards the end as Veron promised to save and possibly win the game for Manchester United through his ability to pick out Van Nistelrooy through thickets of defenders or deftly switch the point of an attack with long passes from one flank to the other.

Veronโ€™s best ball was the lob over the heads of the Villa defenders four minutes after half- time. Van Nistelrooy was left clear but with only Peter Schmeichel to beat wafted his shot over the crossbar.

Only Schmeichel? The phrase still looked a contradiction in terms yesterday as the 37-year-old Dane proved as awesome in goal for Villa as he once was for United. Schmeichelโ€™s point-blank save to keep out a volley from Keane in the 88th minute appeared to be the crowning moment of a Villa victory until Alpay, under pressure from Ronny Johnsen as a corner from Ryan Giggs on the right swung towards the near post, inadvertently chested the ball into his own net.

By that time United had reached the point of desperation. They had lost David Beckham with a groin strain and for all the efforts of Veron, Keane and Giggs - another of whose breathtaking dashes was ill rewarded six minutes before half-time when Van Nistelrooy turned his pass over the top - did not look like breaking down a Villa defence in which Mark Delaney was superb.

Villaโ€™s goal was inspired by Hendrieโ€™s slick pass out to Hassan Kachloul on the right. With Gary Neville drawn out of position the Moroccan squared the ball low for Vassell to turn it past Roy Carroll, in goal for United because Fabien Barthez had a hamstring injury.

After 36 minutes Angel beat the offside trap and when Carroll blocked his cross-shot Kachloul should have scored from the rebound. Instead Wes Brown was able to block a delayed shot to keep United alive.

Gregory was clearly devastated at โ€œthrowing two points away in the manner we did and at the time we did itโ€. Ferguson raged at the fourth official when he indicated four minutes of stoppage time, insisting that it should have been 14. Considering United won the 1999 European Cup in three, this seems eccentric.