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Game #5165

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Attendance: 75,138


Premier League


Manchester United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Old Trafford

Villa suffer a heavy defeat to end a run of successive draws as Alex McLeish calls for "three home Cup finals" to avoid relegation after posting just seven wins in thirty three Premier League games under his leadership.

Manchester United


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Alex McLeish calls for "three Cup finals" as Villa make it just seven wins in thirty three Premier League games, Sunday, 15 April 2012.




๐Ÿฅ… | 7โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney
๐ŸŸจ | 38โ€™ Booking, Gary Gardner
๐Ÿฅ… | 43โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Manchester United 2-0 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 51โ€™ Booking, Alan Hutton
๐Ÿ” | 64โ€™ Sub off, Ciaran Clark, Sub on, Emile Heskey
๐Ÿฅ… | 73โ€™ Goal, 0-3, (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney
๐Ÿ” | 75โ€™ Sub off, Stephen Ireland, Sub on, Samir Carruthers
๐Ÿ” | 83โ€™ Sub off, Andreas Weimann, Sub on, Charles Nโ€™Zogbia
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™+1 Booking, Barry Bannan
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™+3 Goal, 0-4, (Manchester United), Nani
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa


Alex McLeish's Villa face a fourth game against a top 6 side in five matches as they face off against Ashley Young equipped League leaders Manchester United. The defeat - their first in three - leaves Villa in 15th six points clear of the relegation places with five games left to play.

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†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†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†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2010-11


Manchester United

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


Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #37 |
League Game | #33 |
Manager Game | #37 |
Sunday, 15 April 2012


Manager: Alex McLeish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2011-2012
Referee: Mark Halsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-4
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Mark Halsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013 ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 5 Feb 12, Villa 1-2 Newcastle (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Darren Bond, Ron Ganfield



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Manchester United

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mark Halsey


Ciaran Clark and Gary Gardner replace Stephen Warnock and Chris Herd.


Starting XI Average Age
| 24.84 |

Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 36.01 |

Youngest Player |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.81 |



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

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

Aston Villa

GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |

Manchester United

GK David De Gea | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Patrice Evra | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Rio Ferdinand | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Johnny Evans | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
RB Rafael | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Antonio Valencia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
M Michael Carrick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Paul Scholes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Ashley Young (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (๐Ÿคก) ๐Ÿ” |
CF Wayne Rooney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Danny Welbeck | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |


๐Ÿ” CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 64โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Samir Carruthers | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 75โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | 83โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | M Paul Scholes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Tom Cleverley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Ashley Young (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Nani | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Wayne Rooney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (CF Dimitar Berbatov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Daniel Johnson | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
F Nathan Delfouneso | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Ben Amos | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Phil Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ryan Giggs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Javier Hernรกndez | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ |


1st XI: ยฃ34.34m
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: 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 : 8/18
Homegrown: 9/18



Team Cost: ยฃ219.15m

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 : 7/11
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 : 11/18



Injury | 6 |
M Jermaine Jenas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Illness | 1 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

Out on Loan | 1 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Olympiacos Piraeus


Not Reported

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


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 43%
Possession A | 57%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 25
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 17
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 11
Fouls F | 7
Fouls A | 9


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โ€œI didnโ€™t think it was a penalty. Ashley has thrown his leg towards Ciaran. And Ciaran, having seen the replay, tries to pull his leg away.

โ€œBut Ashley has got his team a penalty. We know what Ashley is like in terms of the dummy - he tries to sell people - maybe we should have done better in that moment.

โ€œBut that early United goal set us back because we had started great. Andi had a good chance.

โ€œThe second goal was rotten. That was one we could have done without because it set us back a country mile. At one-down youโ€™re still in it.

โ€œIt looked a bread and butter cross, there was not great pace on it and it eluded everyone.

โ€œBig Nathan let it go. I donโ€™t know why. He maybe thought there was no-one behind him.

โ€œBut thatโ€™s one the young players will look at and think โ€˜next time I will get my foot behind it and lace it out the pitch.โ€™

โ€œHe has made that decision but I donโ€™t blame him in any way, shape or form because I thought he had another commanding game.

โ€œI am proud of the young players again. They have had to grow up really quickly this season.

โ€œSome havenโ€™t even played a full season in the reserve league. That is a measure of where we are with our resources.

โ€œThe young lions have come to the Theatre of Dreams, the champions, a world-class club side playing against people like Scholes thinking can we get close to them, can we stop them playing?

โ€œTactically we tried to do that. But actually putting it into practice is another ball game for the guys.

โ€œThey stuck manfully to it. But the goals were disappointing.

โ€œNow we have three cup finals in the next couple of weeks. Thereโ€™s two at home and one away at West Brom. The players have got to be at their teeth in those games.

โ€œWe go into the Sunderland game and look for the three points. If we play like we have for the last couple of home matches, we have a really good chance.โ€

Alex McLeish.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 15 April 2012

*Manchester United re-established a five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League but their victory over Aston Villa was aided by another controversial penalty.*

Ashley Young, who won a spot-kick last week against QPR, was involved again, adjudged to be tripped by Ciaran Clark.

Contact between the pair was minimal but Wayne Rooney converted before Danny Welbeck made it 2-0 at the back post.

Villa improved after the break but Rooney and Nani sealed victory.

United were the superior team, especially in the first half, and the win also cut Manchester Cityโ€™s goal difference advantage to four goals.

But questions will be asked of Young, after Clark appeared to pull his foot away from the winger.

Youngโ€™s former team-mates failed to improve a wretched record against United, which now extends to one win in 31 games.

More importantly, they remain just six points above the relegation zone but they will look at games against Sunderland, Bolton and West Brom as a better chance of accruing points than a trip to Old Trafford.

For United, victory was a perfect response after losing at Wigan on Wednesday and they were not put under any sustained pressure, hard as Villa fought.

Before the spot-kick controversy, Andreas Weimann had tested David de Gea and Clark almost made amends for his transgression later in the half when his header whistled wide.

Stephen Irelandโ€™s curling shot also went close, but United were well on top and could have extended their lead through efforts by Welbeck, Rooney and Paul Scholes.

Visiting keeper Shay Given had to be on top form to tip one Welbeck shot over, and he was severely let down by his defence for Unitedโ€™s second.

Patrice Evra overlapped on the left and although his low cross was delivered into a dangerous area, it was well within the reach of James Collins and Nathan Baker, who inexplicably chose to leave it allowing Welbeck to slide in at the back post.

Scholes was once again the dictator in midfield, having being left out of the defeat by Wigan.

But the 37-year-old was booked for an ugly tackle on Gabriel Agbonlahor early in the second half, as Villa attempted to impose themselves on the game.

They had some success in stemming the flow towards their goal and Emile Heskey, who replaced the injured Clark, had a header tipped over by De Gea, while Nathan Baker also headed inches wide from a corner.

McLeish may take a dim view of the first goal, but Villa can have few complaints about the result - if there were any doubts about the direction of the game, Rooney made sure when he tucked in Antonio Valenciaโ€™s cutback for his 32nd goal of the season.

And Nani came on to boost Unitedโ€™s goal total when he scored from close range.

Sir Alex Fergusonโ€™s team now host Everton before they travel to Etihad Stadium to face City, where - following this result - victory could secure them their 20th top-flight title.