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Game #4806

Aston Villa

Saturday, 15 May 2004


6th (-1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Attendance: 42,573

Manchester United

Villa Park

Villa are beaten for the first time in nine games and as a result are pushed down to sixth place and outside the European places but given David O'Leary's side had been 18th in December, the recovery was remarkable.

Aston Villa


Manchester United

Assist(s) | None


Juan Pablo รngel, penalty appeals waved away by Styles.




Saturday, 15 May 2004

๐Ÿฅ… | 4โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Cristiano Ronaldo
๐Ÿฅ… | 10โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester United), Ruud van Nistelrooy
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester United
๐Ÿ” | 47โ€™ Sub off, Peter Crouch, Sub on, Marcus Allbรคck ๐Ÿ”ด
๐ŸŸจ | 52โ€™ Booking, Juan Pablo รngel
๐ŸŸจ | 60โ€™ Booking, Jlloyd Samuel
๐ŸŸจ | 65โ€™ Booking, Lee Hendrie
๐ŸŸฅ | 75โ€™ Sending off, (Manchester United)
๐Ÿ” | 75โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Peter Whittingham
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Dion Dublin ๐Ÿ”ด
๐ŸŸจ | 83โ€™ Booking, Thomas Hitzlsperger
๐ŸŸฅ | 85โ€™ Sending off, (Manchester United)
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester United


Villa lose to Manchester United for the third time this season and as a result are beaten to a UEFA Cup spot by Newcastle. Nothing however could detract from the job that David Oโ€™Leary had done in taking a squad, largely that which had struggled so badly under Graham Taylor, and delivered rejuvenation across the pitch.

For an appointment that wasnโ€™t universally popular, and after a difficult opening few months, David Oโ€™Leary had proven a lot of doubters wrong and the key test was now improving the squad and building on the unexpected gains seen in 2003-04.

Centre forward Dion Dublin made his final Villa appearance aged 35 before moving on to Leicester City on a free transfer in July 2004. Dublin had played for Villa between 1998-99 and 2003-04 making 190 appearances and scoring 58 goals.

Centre forward Peter Crouch made his final appearance for Villa aged just 23 before moving on to Southampton for a fee of ยฃ2,700,000 in July 2004.

Villa had paid Portsmouth ยฃ6,750,000 for Crouchโ€™s services in March 2002 but despite showing the potential to be an influential player, he appeared to never have been truly trusted by manager David Oโ€™Leary and was sold on.

In total Crouch made 43 appearances scoring 6 goals in his 2 years with Villa and his subsequent career simply underlined the fact that he was sold far too early.

Forward Marcus Allbรคck played his final game for Villa aged 30 before moving on to Hansa Rostock for a fee of ยฃ180,000 in July 2004. Villa had paid ยฃ2,700,000 to SC Heerenveen for Allbรคck just 2 years earlier. In total Allbรคck made 44 appearances, scoring 7 goals.

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 ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ


Season | 2003-04 |
Matchday | #45 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #45 |
Saturday, 15 May 2004


Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Rob Styles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ


David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |


๐Ÿ•’ 45 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 20 ๐ŸŸจ | 11 ๐ŸŸฅ 14 | 1.58

Career Form:

Top 8

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |


Referee: Rob Styles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hampshire, 1996-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 5 Oct 03, Villa 1-1 Bolton (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Manchester United

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Rob Styles


Peter Crouch and Olof Mellberg replace Darius Vassell and Ronny Johnsen.


Starting XI Average Age
| 25.27 |

Oldest Player |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | 29.79 |

Youngest Player |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.83 |



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 Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Peter Crouch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด | ๐Ÿ” |

Manchester United

GK Tim Howard | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Mikaรซl Silvestre | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
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 |
RB Phil Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Darren Fletcher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
M Paul Scholes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Ryan Giggs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
W Cristiano Ronaldo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CF Ruud van Nistelrooy | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” F Marcus Allbรคck | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”ด | for CF Peter Crouch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 47โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 75โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด | for M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 82โ€™ | โ€‹


๐Ÿ” | CB John Oโ€™Shea | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Eric Djemba-Djemba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Ruud van Nistelrooy | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (CF Louis Saha | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)


GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |


GK Roy Carroll | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
M Klรฉberson | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |


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: 6/16



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 : 6/11

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



๐Ÿ”ด CF Peter Crouch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
๐Ÿ”ด F Marcus Allbรคck | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
๐Ÿ”ด CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


Not recorded


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"We gave away goals that we normally don't concede, but the defeat hasn't taken the gloss off of the season.

"I am so proud of my players and to finish sixth is a fantastic achievement for this club."

"The top five are the top five and they sort themselves out.

"And we have finished the best of the rest."

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 15 May 2004

Manchester United dashed Aston Villaโ€™s Uefa Cup hopes with a dominant display which was spoiled by the dismissals of Darren Fletcher and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Villaโ€™s European quest was derailed in the fourth minute when Ronaldo fired in a 20-yard opener after poor defending.

Ruud van Nistelrooy made it two soon after when he picked up Paul Scholesโ€™ pass and converted from a tight angle.

Villa had two efforts disallowed late on, but luck was not on their side as Newcastle finished fifth.

With a place in Europe at stake for Villa, the onus was firmly on the home side to attack United from the start.

Yet David Oโ€™Learyโ€™s men failed to gain any kind of forward momentum and they were put firmly on the back foot by a marauding Manchester United.

Villaโ€™s defence was in tatters and the first to exploit their unease was Ronaldo.

Ulises de la Cruzโ€™s wayward header fell into the path of Fletcher, who picked out the Portugal winger.

Ronaldo burst forward and, with no-one closing him down, unleashed a thumping shot which flew past the poorly-positioned Thomas Sorensen at the near post.

Instead of regrouping, Villaโ€™s defence was caught out again, this time Liam Ridgewell failing to cut out Scholesโ€™ crossfield pass.

The ball dropped at the feet of Van Nistelrooy, who surged past a sprawling Sorensen and poked in Unitedโ€™s second from a tight angle.

The visitors limited Villa to a couple of half-chances before the break, the best of which Juan Pablo Angel blasted over from close range.

After the interval, Villa upped the tempo and Angel was unlucky not to be awarded at least one penalty with Wes Brown unfairly impeding the Colombian striker in the area.

However, referee Rob Styles waved away the appeals and United almost snatched a third on the counter-attack.

Van Nistelrooy wriggled past the Villa defence and picked out Giggs, who somehow contrived to balloon the ball over the crossbar from four yards out.

Villaโ€™s Gareth Barry wasted a chance by firing straight at Tim Howard, who otherwise had one of his quieter afternoons in the United goal.

United were reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes remaining when Fletcher was sent off for a second bookable offence, and Ronaldo followed him soon after, also for a second yellow card.

Other than the two dismissals, Sir Alex Ferguson will be pleased that his team produced a solid display ahead of next Saturdayโ€™s FA Cup Final with Millwall.

And while Villa boss Oโ€™Leary will be disappointed to have missed out on a Uefa Cup spot, the progress made during this season should mean the Midlands club will be challenging for Europe next May.