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Game #4914

Aston Villa

Lost

10th (-)

Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟥 🟥

Saturday, 23 December 2006

Premier League

Manchester United

Villa Park

Attendance: 42,551

Aston Villa

0-3

Manchester United

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa lose consecutive games for the first time this season and the first time under Martin O'Neill.

KEY MAN

Villa's greatest manager Ron Saunders salutes the crowd on his return to Villa Park after years of ostracism under former Chairman Doug Ellis, Saturday, 23 December 2006.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 23 December 2006

🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Manchester United
🥅 | 58’ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Cristiano Ronaldo
🥅 | 64’ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester United), Paul Scholes
🟨 | 70’ Booking, Gavin McCann
🟨 | 73’ Booking, Chris Sutton
🔁 | 76’ Sub off, Gavin McCann, Sub on, Juan Pablo Ángel
🥅 | 85’ Goal, 0-3, (Manchester United), Cristiano Ronaldo
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United

ON THIS DAY

Following the end of the reprehensible policy under the previous Chairman of ostracising legendary players and managers from the League and European Cup winning side of the ’80’s, Randy Lerner rightfully restored the greats to centre stage with legendary Villa boss Ron Saunders receiving a half time standing ovation on his first return to Villa Park in over 20 years.

Sadly the result on the pitch didn’t do justice to the great man as Villa lost a second successive game for the first time this season and now were without a win in seven, drawing four and losing three.

Centre forward Chris Sutton made his final appearance for Villa aged 33 before retiring from football due to an eye injury. Similar to the effect of fellow veteran John Fashanu signed some years earlier, Sutton had a dynamic effect on Villa’s play and added a welcome hardened edge to the team. Sadly Sutton was limited to 9 appearances, 3 as a substitute and scored once but would have undoubtedly contributed more had injury not prevented it.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Manchester United

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆🏆
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 2005-06

FIXTURE HISTORY

Manchester United

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Season | 2006-07 |
Matchday | #22 |
League Game | #19 |
Manager Game | #22 |
Saturday, 23 December 2006

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin O’Neill | 🇬🇧 | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Steve Bennett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Kent, 1995-2010
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Score: 🟥 0-3
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟥 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 22 | 🟩 | 7 🟨 | 10 🟥 5 | 1.41

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Bennett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Kent, 1995-2010
Matches Officiated: 20
🟩 : 6
🟨 : 5
🟥 : 9
🆘 : 2
Previous 5: 🟥 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 19 Nov 06, Villa 0-0 Wigan (a)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨 🟨

Manchester United

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TEAM NEWS

Emergency 'keeper Gábor Király once again appears in goal as Aaron Hughes and Craig Gardner replace Milan Baroš and Liam Ridgewell.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.06 |

Oldest Player |
CF Chris Sutton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 33.81 |

Youngest Player |
M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 20.09 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

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Aston Villa

GK Gábor Király | 🇭🇺 |
LB Aaron Hughes | 🇬🇧 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 |
CB Gary Cahill | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Steven Davis | 🇬🇧 |
M Gavin McCann | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 |
M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Chris Sutton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |

MANAGER

Alex Ferguson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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Manchester United

GK Edwin van der Sar | 🇳🇱 |
LB Patrice Evra | 🇫🇷 |
CB Nemanja Vidić | 🇷🇸 | 🟨 |
CB Rio Ferdinand | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Gary Neville | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Paul Scholes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Ji-sung Park | 🇰🇷 | 🔁 |
M Darren Fletcher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
W Ryan Giggs | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | 🔁 |
W Cristiano Ronaldo | 🇵🇹 | ⚽ | ⚽ |
CF Louis Saha | 🇫🇷 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 | for M Gavin McCann | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 76’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Paul Scholes | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (CB John O’Shea | 🇮🇪 |)
🔁 | M Ji-sung Park | 🇰🇷 | (CF Wayne Rooney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)
🔁 | W Ryan Giggs | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | (LB Mikaël Silvestre | 🇫🇷 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Bobby Olejnik | 🇦🇹 |
CB Liam Ridgewell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Wilfred Bouma | 🇳🇱 |
F Milan Baroš | 🇨🇿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Tomasz Kuszczak | 🇵🇱 |
CB Wes Brown | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/11
Homegrown: 5/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/16
Homegrown: 7/16

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 5/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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UNAVAILABLE

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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 Half


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:

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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

🔴 CF Chris Sutton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2006 | 🕒 9 | 6 (3) | ⚽ 1 | 🔥 2 | 🇺 0 | #792 |

MATCH STATS

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MATCH QUOTES

“We were playing very well indeed until they scored the first goal - which was very avoidable from our point of view. “We lose possession, they score. We’ve got a lot of young players in the side and that sort of experience will bring them on immensely. “You make mistakes against top quality sides and you’ll remember them.” Martin O’Neill.

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 23 December 2006

*Manchester United returned to form with a convincing victory at Aston Villa.* Villa were unfortunate not to take the lead when Craig Gardner headed against a post before United took control. Cristiano Ronaldo lashed home the opener after a great solo run before Paul Scholes crashed home an unstoppable 25-yard volley. United, who started with Wayne Rooney on the bench, added a third when the impressive Ronaldo slid the ball in from a Gary Neville cross. Before the game, former Villa manager Ron Saunders was given a standing ovation on his first return to the ground in over 20 years. Saunders, 74, won the league as Villa boss in 1981 using just 14 players during the entire season but quit because of a contract dispute before the team won the European Cup a year later. United, who were without the injured Michael Carrick, found life difficult as Villa started the brighter of the sides in what was the first of three meetings in as many weeks. The home side - with Gabriel Agbonlahor pushed up alongside Chris Sutton in attack - were unlucky not to take a 15th-minute lead when Gareth Barry’s free-kick was flicked on by Sutton to Gardner, whose header came back off the post. United defender Nemanja Vidic was rightly booked for an awful tackle on Agbonalahor before Park wasted a great chance when he mis-hit a shot when well placed. After being slow starters, United gradually got into the game and the fit-again Patrice Evra angled a low drive at goal which on-loan Crystal Palace keeper Gabor Kiraly got down well to keep out. Ryan Giggs then curled in a corner from the right which was met by Ronaldo but again Kiraly saved. Villa came under more pressure when Giggs released Ronaldo into the left side of the penalty box. The Portugal winger cut inside Aaron Hughes but fired a shot inches wide of the far post with Kiraly beaten. New Villa owner Randy Lerner made a presentation to Saunders at half-time, but it was United boss Sir Alex Ferguson who was celebrating as his team took control in the second half. They broke the deadlock before the hour mark when Ronaldo ran from the halfway line towards the Villa box. He went unchallenged and saw his first shot blocked by Gary Cahill before lashing in the rebound past a helpless Kiraly. Scholes then scored one of the contenders for goal of the month on 64 minutes when he brilliantly volleyed over Kiraly and into the net from fully 25 yards after a Giggs corner was headed out by Gavin McCann. Villa then had to cope with the introduction of Rooney as United looked to turn the screw following their shock 1-0 defeat at West Ham last Sunday. Scholes picked up his fifth booking of the season before Ronaldo had an effort correctly disallowed for offside as United finished on top. They made it 3-0 with five minutes left when Rooney opened up the stretched Villa defence and found Gary Neville on the right and his slide-rule cross was turned in by man-of-the-match Ronaldo. *Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill:* “We were playing very well indeed until they scored the first goal - which was very avoidable from our point of view. “We lose possession, they score. We’ve got a lot of young players in the side and that sort of experience will bring them on immensely. “You make mistakes against top quality sides and you’ll remember them.”

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