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Game #4697

Sunday, 6 January 2002

Attendance: 38,444


FA Cup 3rd Round

3rd Round

Manchester United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Villa Park

Villa lose in the FA Cup third round against Manchester United despite being two goals to the good with 13' left to play as the victors celebrate like they've won the League, Cup and Champions League treble on one night.

Aston Villa


Manchester United

Assist(s) | Not recorded


Ian Taylor, drove in




๐ŸŸจ | 21โ€™ Booking, Darius Vassell
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Manchester United
โšฝ | 51โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Ian Taylor
โšฝ | 53โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Own Goal, Gary Neville
๐Ÿฅ… | 77โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Manchester United), Ole Gunnar Solskjรฆr
๐Ÿฅ… | 80โ€™ Goal, 2-2, (Manchester United), Ruud Van Nistelrooy
๐Ÿฅ… | 82โ€™ Goal, 2-3, (Manchester United), Ruud Van Nistelrooy
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, George Boateng, Sub on, Gareth Barry
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Alan Wright, Sub on, Steve Stone
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Paul Merson, Sub on, Mustapha Hadji
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-3 Manchester United


Villa go two goals up only to lose as heartbreak in the FA Cup causes seismic reactions around Villa Park. Meanwhile, Schmeichel concedes three for the fourth time this season.

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


Manchester United

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


Season | 2001-02 |
Matchday | #32 |
Manager Game | #188 |
Sunday, 6 January 2002


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:
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 2-3
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 17 Apr 01, Villa 3-3 Charlton (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ




Manchester United


Graham Poll


George Boateng, Paul Merson and Juan Pablo รngel return for Dion Dublin, Steve Stone and Hassan Kachloul.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.44 |

Oldest Player |
GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 38.16 |

Youngest Player |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.79 |



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

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

Aston Villa

GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |

Manchester United

GK Roy Carroll | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
RB Gary Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Phil Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Laurent Blanc | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Mikaรซl Silvestre | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Juan Sebastiรกn Verรณn | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Nicky Butt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
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 |
CF Ole Gunnar Solskjรฆr | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | โšฝ |


๐Ÿ” M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |86โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Mustapha Hadji | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | for M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Nicky Butt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Luke Chadwick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Luke Chadwick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Ruud van Nistelrooy | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ | โšฝ |)


GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |


GK Raimond Van Der Gouw | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB John O'Shea | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Michael Stewart | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ 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 : 6/11
Homegrown: 3/11

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 : 9/16
Homegrown: 4/16



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 : 8/16



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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"We handed them the opportunity to get back into the game and I'm still finding it difficult to come to terms with the fact that we've not won."

John Gregory.

*The Guardian*
Monday, 7 January, 2002

Van Nistelrooy breaks Villa in three-goal comeback

Manchester United snatch victory from jaws of defeat as Beckham is restored to the starting line-up

Manchester United answered one fusillade of goals with another here last night to deprive Aston Villa of a victory which would have revived their flagging season. Two goals down with 13 minutes remaining and another early exit from the FA Cup beckoning, United scored three times in five minutes to earn a fourth-round visit to Wimbledon or Middlesbrough.

Until that point it looked as if Sir Alex Fergusonโ€™s side would once more find themselves swept out of the Cup by a dash of claret. Taking their cue from West Ham, Unitedโ€™s conquerors in the fourth round at Old Trafford last season, Villa had found the net twice in two minutes early in the second half.

What it is to have golden options. Ferguson had left Ruud van Nistelrooy on the bench to nurse a groin strain but he brought the Dutchman on once Villa had scored their second goal.

Some groin injury! After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had given United a glimmer of hope in the 77th minute Van Nistelrooy won them the tie with sublime pieces of finishing in the 80th and 82nd and in so doing became the first United player to score in seven successive matches. His total for the season is now 21.

Thus an initially tepid tie ended up performing an extraordinary double somersault. Even by Unitedโ€™s standards of escapology it was an outstanding recovery.

Thus Villa suffered much as they had done at Arsenal in the Premiership a month earlier, when they led 2-0 only to lose after two late goals from Thierry Henry. Had Juan Pablo Angel accepted a chance to put Villa further in front the contest might have been beyond even Unitedโ€™s reach. Then again, who knows?

United set out to outpass their opponents. The theory seemed to be that the longer Villa were denied the ball the less they would know what to do with it. Yet though this probing football was pleasant to watch it threatened only in theory. There was neither Ryan Giggs, resting a hamstring, to provide the ammunition nor, initially at any rate, Van Nistelrooy to fire the shots.

Nevertheless United should have taken the lead in the 37th minute and had already lost Nicky Butt, another groin victim, forcing Ferguson to reorganise. Paul Scholes joined Roy Keane in a deeper, more central role and the substitute Luke Chadwick offered United a more plausible alternative to Giggs on the wing.

When Solskjaer caught Villaโ€™s defence square with a finely angled pass Chadwick was the recipient, springing through in the inside-right position. He should have scored; his shot beat Peter Schmeichel but also missed the far post.

Within a minute of the second half Keaneโ€™s quick pass sent Chadwick clear but only to waft a shot over. It was a miss soon regretted. Villa, having spent half the game striving to unlock United, now leant against the door and opened it with a couple of nudges.

When Angel drew Laurent Blanc and Gary Neville out of position as Lee Hendrie sent a short pass through, Ian Taylor was well placed to hold off Phil Nevilleโ€™s challenge and drive in a shot under Roy Carroll.

Scarcely had United recovered their wits than they were two goals down. This time a canny lob from Paul Merson caught their defence square and, with Taylor lurking, Phil Nevilleโ€™s header back caught Carroll out of position and compounded Unitedโ€™s problems with an own-goal.

Fergusonโ€™s immediate substitution of a substitute, replacing Chadwick with Van Nistelrooy, was accompanied by echoes of stable doors closing; false echoes as it turned out. Yet had Angel managed to touch in a chest-high cross from Darius Vassell just past the hour Villa might have felt safe.

A glimpse of salvation was all United required and, once Mikael Silvestre had set up Solskjaer to force his way in front of Olof Mellberg to score, survival was always a possibility. Then possibility quickly became probability as David Beckham headed down a cross from Scholes and Van Nistelrooy took the ball on his chest before driving it into the net.

The rest was predictable. A through-pass from Solskjaer and there was Van Nistelrooy again, calmly rounding Schmeichel to roll in the winner.

Ferguson and the United bench understandably went berserk. Less forgivably, some United fans held up play by invading the pitch.