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Game #4828

Aston Villa

Tuesday, 28 December 2004

Lost

11th (-1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Attendance: 42,593

Manchester United

Villa Park

Villa end 2004 with a fifth defeat in six winless games to leave them eleventh in the table but an improved performance is overshadowed by David O'Leary taking the concept of damning with faint praise to a new level.

Aston Villa

0-1

Manchester United

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Thomas Sรธrensen, great save.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Tuesday, 28 December 2004

๐Ÿฅ… | 41โ€™ Goal, 0-1. (Manchester United), Ryan Giggs
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
๐Ÿ” | 54โ€™ Sub off, Carlton Cole, Sub on, Stefan Moore ๐Ÿ”ด
๐Ÿ” | 67โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Peter Whittingham
๐Ÿ” | 87โ€™ Sub off, Mathieu Berson, Sub on, Luke Moore
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United

ON THIS DAY

Villa lose a fourth consecutive game and suffer their fifth reverse in five six games and tumble to 11th in the table. As a result Villa end 2004 moving in a very different trajectory than 2003 with David O'Leary continuing to belittle his charges in post match interviews. Stefan Moore makes his final appearance for Villa aged 21 before moving on to Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer in July 2005. Moore played for Villa between 2000-01 and 2004-05 making 30 appearances, of which 19 were as a substitute, and scoring twice.

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Manchester United

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2004-05 |
Matchday | #22 |
League Game | #20 |
Manager Game | #67 |
Tuesday, 28 December 2004

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Kick off: 8.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 67 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 27 ๐ŸŸจ | 18 ๐ŸŸฅ 22 | 1.48

Career Form:

Top 8

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 16 Oct 04, Villa 1-3 Arsenal (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Cards:

Villa

None

Manchester United

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Graham Poll

TEAM NEWS

Carlton Cole and Nolberto Solano replace Mark Delaney and Peter Whittingham.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.77 |

Oldest Player |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | 30.41 |

Youngest Player |
M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 20.00 |

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 Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
M Mathieu Berson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Nolberto Solano | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CF Carlton Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Manchester United

GK Roy Carroll | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
LB Mikaรซl Silvestre | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Gabriel Heinze | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Rio Ferdinand | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB John Oโ€™Shea | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Phil Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Darren Fletcher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Paul Scholes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Alan Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ryan Giggs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Wayne Rooney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | F Stefan Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ด | for CF Carlton Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 54โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Luke Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Mathieu Berson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 87โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB John Oโ€™Shea | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Roy Keane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Wayne Rooney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Cristiano Ronaldo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Vรกclav Drobnรฝ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Tim Howard | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Liam Miller | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF David Bellion | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

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: 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 : 8/16
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 : 8/11

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 Positions:

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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

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Match Symbols:

โ€‹

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

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

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

๐Ÿ”ด F Stefan Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œI canโ€™t ask for more than what the players give me. As a coach, you are doing your job if you get the best out of what you have.

โ€œI was proud of them in the match, we werenโ€™t far away from United.

โ€œYou look at United, you look at their quality and when the likes of Roy Keane and Cristiano Ronaldo come off the bench itโ€™s clear what their agenda is.

โ€œWe have a long way to go here. We are trying to rebuild and I think we need four players.

โ€œSome people are having a laugh about that, but if we can bring in just one it will improve us, and if we can get a couple the process will be speeded up.โ€

David Oโ€™Leary.

*BBC Sport*
Tuesday, 28 December, 2004

Ryan Giggsโ€™ goal sank Aston Villa and helped Manchester United keep up the pressure at the top of the Premiership.

The Welshmanโ€™s left-foot strike in the 41st minute was enough to separate the teams after an entertaining encounter.

Giggs had already forced a great save from Thomas Sorensen before his goal, although at the other end, Lee Hendrie and Liam Ridgewell saw shots saved.

Villa pressed after the break and Gareth Barry came close, but Alan Smith hit the bar in the final minute.

The three points took United into third place in the Premiership on goal difference, the Reds leapfrogging Everton after the Toffeesโ€™ defeat at Charlton.

United began like a team eager to prove their title credentials, with Wayne Rooney forcing a save from Sorensen inside the first minute.

But Roy Carroll had to be alert to tip Hendrieโ€™s curling effort around the post on 10 minutes.

United came back and Giggs broke quickly before unleashing a shot which deflected off Ulises de la Cruz and whistled over.

The Welshman came even closer minutes later as he unleashed a shot which Sorensen managed to tip over.

United were causing plenty of problems and Paul Scholes won a corner with a low drive which deflected off Ridgewell and flew wide.

Villa still threatened and Carroll knew little about Ridgewellโ€™s point-blank header on 39 minutes which struck the keeper in the chest.

But two minutes later United were ahead and, fittingly, it was the livewire Giggs who netted, blasting the ball past Sorensen after John Oโ€™Sheaโ€™s pass.

Smith then struck the ball wide as United pressed for a second, while at the other Hendrie nearly levelled with a long range effort which Carroll saved.

After the interval, Carlton Cole squandered an opportunity as the ball appeared to get caught under his feet after Nolberto Solanoโ€™s through pass.

Nevertheless, Villa pressurised the visitors whose unease was revealed by the way they brought on Roy Keane for John Oโ€™Shea just before the hour.

Sir Alex Ferguson had hoped to rest Keane, but clearly felt his team would benefit from the Irishmanโ€™s presence.

The change seemed to lift United, and after Smith saw a close range effort saved by Sorensen, Cristiano Ronaldo - on as a substitute for Rooney - fired a drive into the side netting.

But still Villa came back, and Carroll did well to block Barryโ€™s shot after a cross from the right with Unitedโ€™s defence in disarray.

The home sideโ€™s impetus faded and United should have made it two in injury time - but Smith managed to hit the bar from three yards from Keaneโ€™s low cross.