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Game #4779

Saturday, 6 December 2003

Attendance: 67,621

Lost

Premier League

18th (-1)

Manchester United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Old Trafford

Villa return to Premier League action and are hammered by Manchester United to leave them with three wins in fifteen matches having lost three of their last five and fall back to 18th place in the table as a result.

Manchester United

4-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Darius Vassell, break

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 16โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Ruud van Nistelrooy
๐Ÿฅ… | 45โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester United), Ruud van Nistelrooy
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Manchester United 2-0 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 55โ€™ Booking, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿ” | 64โ€™ Sub off, Juan Pablo รngel, Sub on, Marcus Allbรคck
๐Ÿ” | 72โ€™ Sub off, Peter Whittingham, Sub on, Thomas Hitzlsperger
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™ Goal, 0-3, (Manchester United), Diego Forlรกn
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™+3 Goal, 0-4, (Manchester United), Diego Forlรกn
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa fall to a heavy, though not unexpected, defeat to land back in the relegation zone after 15 League games.

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†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2003-04

FIXTURE HISTORY

Manchester United

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2003-04 |
Matchday | #18 |
League Game | #15 |
Manager Game | #18 |
Saturday, 6 December 2003

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Steve Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bristol, 1992-2006
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-4
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bristol, 1992-2006
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 3 May 2003, Villa 1-0 Sunderland, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Manchester United

None

Steve Dunn

TEAM NEWS

Mark Delaney, Lee Hendrie and Peter Whittingham replace Thomas Hitzlsperger, Ulises de la Cruz and Stefan Moore.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.89 |

Oldest Player |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 34.65 |

Youngest Player |
W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.25 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Manchester United

GK Tim Howard | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Mikaรซl Silvestre | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Rio Ferdinand | 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 Klรฉberson | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Roy Keane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Quinton Fortune | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
W Cristiano Ronaldo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
W Ryan Giggs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ruud van Nistelrooy | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” F Marcus Allbรคck | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | for CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 64โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | for W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 72โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Phil Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Paul Scholes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Ryan Giggs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | (F David Bellion | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Ruud van Nistelrooy | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (Diego Forlรกn | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ | โšฝ | โšฝ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Roy Carroll | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB John O'Shea | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 5/11

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 : 9/16
Homegrown: 7/16

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 : 4/11

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

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

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"In the final minute when Forlan curled an unstoppable left-footed shot past Sorensen and then volleyed in his second to make the scoreline somewhat flattering."

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 6 December, 2003

*Man Utd destroy Villa*

Ruud van Nistelrooy took his tally for the season to 14 goals as Manchester United eased to the most comfortable of victories against Aston Villa.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson could not have wished for a more stress-free day following this weekโ€™s heart scare, especially as rivals Chelsea and Arsenal both drew.

Van Nistelrooy scored twice in the first half against a Villa side which offered very little in attack.

And substitute Diego Forlan got in on the act with two goals in the final moments to leave Villa shell-shocked.

Villa arrived with two recent victories under their belt but, after losing their last two games, United showed their intent from the start.

Ryan Giggs found Kleberson, who fired a fierce shot straight into the arms of Thomas Sorensen to set the tone for the next 90 minutes.

Giggs then flicked on Cristiano Ronaldoโ€™s corner and Roy Keane, making his 550th career appearance, was denied when fit-again Lee Hendrie cleared his goal-bound shot.

The breakthrough came on 16 minutes when Van Nistelrooy fired United ahead after a neat one-two with the impressive Kleberson.

Villa gave United a fright when Ronaldo clumsily lost possession, allowing Darius Vassell to break and pick out Lee Hendrie, but Keane was on hand to clear after sprinting back 75 yards.

Unitedโ€™s dominance paid off again as Van Nistelrooy made it 2-0 just before the interval when the Dutchman hooked a Giggs pass over his shoulder for a brilliant second.

The big Old Trafford crowd had little to get excited about early in the second half until England midfielder Paul Scholes made a surprise return after six weeks out following a groin operation.

Ferguson wanted more urgency from his side, who were playing deep in the comfort zone.

Tim Howard finally made his first save in the United goal on the hour when he tipped Hendrieโ€™s speculative effort over the crossbar.

Van Nistelrooy was given a rest when he made way for Forlan as Ferguson looked ahead to Tuesdayโ€™s Champions League Group B decider against VfB Stuttgart.

The wasteful Ronaldo missed a sitter after a fine sweeping move from defence to attack but the one-sided game began to fizzle out with United doing little more than playing out time.

That was until the final minute when Forlan curled an unstoppable left-footed shot past Sorensen and then volleyed in his second to make the scoreline somewhat flattering.