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Game #4785

Aston Villa

Sunday, 4 January 2004


3rd Round

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

FA Cup 3rd Round

Attendance: 40,371

Manchester United

Villa Park

Villa lose in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup to Manchester United.

Aston Villa


Manchester United

Assist(s) | Not recorded


Gareth Barry opens the scoring against Manchester United in the FA Cup but Villa are beaten, Sunday, 4 January 2004.




Sunday, 4 January 2004

โšฝ | 19โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Gareth Barry
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester United
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Thomas Hitzlsperger
๐Ÿฅ… | 64โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Manchester United), Paul Scholes
๐Ÿฅ… | 68โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Manchester United), Paul Scholes
๐Ÿ” | 74 Sub off, Darius Vassell, Sub on, Stefan Moore
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United


Villa begin 2004 with their annual defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup. Villa had lost twice in nine games, both to United.

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


Manchester United

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


Season | 2003-04 |
Matchday | #24 |
Manager Game | #24 |
Sunday, 4 January 2004


Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Kick off: 12.30pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 19 Oct 03, Villa 0-0 Birmingham (a)
Cards: None




Manchester United


Mike Riley


Ulises de la Cruz replaces Mark Delaney.


Starting XI Average Age
| 26.12 |

Oldest Player |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 34.59 |

Youngest Player |
W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.33 |

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |



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 |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Manchester United

GK Tim Howard | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Mikaรซl Silvestre | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Wes Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB John Oโ€™Shea | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Gary Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Nicky Butt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Klรฉberson | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Paul Scholes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ |
M Quinton Fortune | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
W Ryan Giggs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Diego Forlรกn | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Stefan Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 74โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | CB John Oโ€™Shea | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Roy Keane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | M Klรฉberson | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Darren Fletcher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Diego Forlรกn | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ | (CF Ruud van Nistelrooy | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)


GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Peter Crouch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Roy Carroll | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CF David Bellion | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |


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: 5/11

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: 8/16



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 : 5/11

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 : 7/16



Not recorded


Not Recorded

Player Positions:


GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward


Match Symbols:


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game




Not recorded


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"When the ineffectual Darius Vassell was substituted the cry went up of โ€œVassell for Englandโ€. The striker gave them a confused wave, apparently unaware of how cutting Mancunian sarcasm can be."

*The Guardian*
Monday, 5 January, 2004

*Scholes the unseen ghost dines out*

So much emphasis is given these days to individual awards, it is a mystery the name of Paul Scholes so rarely crops up. โ€œHe probably votes against himself,โ€ Sir Alex Ferguson says of the shy man of Old Trafford. But however much Scholes dislikes the razzmatazz of black-tie occasions, the way he turned this tie upside down underlined that one day he will be forced to take his place at the top table. It could be the shortest thank-you speech of all.

Watching him ghost into the six-yard area to score twice within four second-half minutes, it was difficult, for example, to find any plausible reason why Manchester Unitedโ€™s lavishly gifted midfielder was not shortlisted for world or European player of the year. A similar thought could be extended to Roy Keane, whose introduction as substitute instigated a comeback that was scorching in its intensity.

Perhaps Scholes will continue to be overlooked until he replicates his most exhilarating form for England. Certainly the watching Sven-Goran Eriksson is entitled to wonder why the countryโ€™s most free-scoring midfielder has not managed a goal in his past 24 international appearances.

Not that United give a damn. Rio Ferdinand was absent with a virus yesterday but his impending ban has caused an irreparable split between the club and the Football Association, and the visiting fans amused themselves with their full repertoire of anti-England songs. When the ineffectual Darius Vassell was substituted the cry went up of โ€œVassell for Englandโ€. The striker gave them a confused wave, apparently unaware of how cutting Mancunian sarcasm can be.

In mitigation, Vassell was not the only player in claret and blue to face allegations of second-half spinelessness. David Oโ€™Learyโ€™s postmortem was a story of what-ifs, specifically that their early superiority was not rewarded more handsomely than the shot from Gareth Barry that deflected off Wes Brown to squeeze inside Tim Howardโ€™s left-hand post.

By then Howard had already blocked efforts from Vassell and Juan Pablo Angel, but Villaโ€™s early enterprise disappeared after the interval and the blood seemed to drain from their faces when Ferguson brought on Keane and Ruud van Nistelrooy after 55 minutes.

โ€œItโ€™s always nice to see Keane and Van Nistelrooy in their tracksuits but horrible when they start taking off their bottoms,โ€ said Oโ€™Leary. โ€œOnce they had the full artillery out you could see their true quality. I mean, can you go round the world and name a better double act to come on?โ€

In particular, Keaneโ€™s arrival gave Scholes greater licence to drift forward. The equaliser was a tap-in at the end of a slick move involving Ryan Giggs, Keane and Nicky Butt, but it was the winner which truly summed up the midfielder at his elusive best. Scholes started the move with a beautifully weighted pass out to Giggs on the right and then darted into the penalty area to sweep in the cross.

โ€œPaul Scholes is a genius,โ€ said Ferguson. โ€œHe just ghosts into these positions and it is so difficult for defenders to pick him up.โ€
Others excelled too. Brown was the pick of Unitedโ€™s defenders in his first start for eight months, Giggs was a constant menace and Kleberson came on strongly after a difficult start. After Scholesโ€™s quick one-two the hosts threatened only once to bring the game level, when Peter Whittingham shot tamely at Howard.

Villa will have to settle for the fading memories of a competition they once cherished, the last of seven victories coming against United in 1957. The imbalance of talent that was apparent yesterday will only have exacerbated their sense of melancholy.