Game #5187

2011-12

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Position:

9th (-1)

Premier League

Manchester United

Villa Park

Attendance: 40,053

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Villa lose for the fourth time in seven games under Alex McLeish to make it just three wins in fourteen Premier League games but Villa remain ninth in the table six points clear of the drop zone as the safety net of seven draws keeps them afloat.

Aston Villa

0-1

Manchester United

Scorer(s) | None

Assist(s) | None

AT A GLANCE

Game #5187

Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #18 |
League Game | #14 |
Manager Game | #18 |
Saturday, 3 December 2011

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Alex McLeish |
KO | 5.30pm |
Referee | Lee Probert, Wiltshire |
HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 0-1 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | DWLDL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Lee Probert
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Scott Ledger

MATCH INCIDENTS

Lee Probert

Villa

None

Manchester United

None

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £41m |

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.43 |

Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | 35.64 |

Youngest Player |
M Barry Bannan | 22.02 |

TEAM NEWS

Jermaine Jenas (first start), Marc Albrighton (first start in 9) and Barry Bannan (first start in 5) replace Charles N'Zogbia, Emile Heskey and Fabian Delph.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
D Eric Lichaj |

Loan | 5 |
M Jean Makoun | Olympiacos Piraeus |
28 Aug 11 - 30 Jun 12 |
RB Habib Bèye | Doncaster Rovers |
1 Nov 11 to 1 Jan 12 |
CB Nathan Baker | Millwall |
22 Nov 11 to 1 Jan 12 |
CB Shane Lowry | Millwall |
23 Nov 11 to 26 Jan 12 |
M Gary Gardner | Coventry City |
24 Nov 11 to 24 Dec 11 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 44%
Possession A | 56%
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 4
Fouls A | 11

MANAGER

Alex McLeish

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Peter Grant
First Team Coach: Gordon Cowans
First Team Coach: Andy Watson
First Team Coach: Kevin MacDonald

STARTING LINE UP

GK Shay Given |
RB Alan Hutton |
LB Stephen Warnock |
CB James Collins |
CB Richard Dunne |
M Chris Herd |
M Jermaine Jenas |
M Barry Bannan |
W Marc Albrighton |
F Gabby Agbonlahor |
F Darren Bent |

SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan for GK Shay Given | 38’ |
M Stiliyan Petrov for M Chris Herd | 59’ |
CF Emile Heskey for M Jermaine Jenas | 63’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

M Stephen Ireland
M Fabian Delph
CB Ciaran Clark
CB Carlos Cuéllar

THE OPPOSITION

GK Anders Lindegaard, LB Patrice Evra, CB Phil Jones (g), CB Rio Ferdinand (W Ryan Giggs), CB Chris Smalling, CB Nemanja Vidić, M Michael Carrick, W Ashley Young (ex) (CF Danny Welbeck), CF Wayne Rooney, CF Javier Hernández (RB Antonio Valencia), W Nani.

Manager: Alex Ferguson.
Team Cost: £207.72m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Alex McLeish's Villa lose for the fourth time in fourteen Premier League games and as a result fall back to 9th in the table. Meanwhile, Jermaine Jenas makes his final appearance for Villa aged 28 due to injury having appeared just 3 times, 2 as a substitute, in his time with Villa.

Chris Herd and Villa lose for the fourth time in seven games to leave Alex McLeish with three wins in fourteen Premier League matches, Saturday, 3 December 2011.

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2011/12/03/match-report-villa-0-1-man-utd

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MATCH TIMELINE

20’ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United)
38’ Sub off, Shay Given, Sub on, Brad Guzan
HT Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
59’ Sub off, Chris Herd, Sub on, Stiliyan Petrov
63’ Sub off, Jermaine Jenas, Sub on, Emile Heskey
FT Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 3 December 2011

"The visitors were always in control, but James Collins might have snatched a point when his late header was tipped over by Anders Lindegaard.

Injuries to Shay Given and Jermaine Jenas marred a fairly insipid contest."

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*Phil Jones scored the first goal of his career as Manchester United ground out their fourth one-nil win in five league games to beat Aston Villa.*

The 19-year-old side-footed home Nani’s cross from the left in the first half.

The visitors were always in control, but James Collins might have snatched a point when his late header was tipped over by Anders Lindegaard.

Injuries to Shay Given and Jermaine Jenas marred a fairly insipid contest.

City’s 5-1 demolition of Norwich put the pressure on United, who knew defeat would leave them eight points behind their big-spending rivals.

But this particular test was passed with considerable ease as United returned to second in the table with the win.

The blue half of Manchester might be sitting pretty at the summit, but they will be acutely aware of the trophy-winning pedigree their neighbours possess.

It was not a lesson in football at Villa Park, but it was a masterclass in how to grind out results - the type of which have helped United win 12 titles in the last 20 years.

They dominated possession, looked solid at the back and always seemed to have an extra gear going forward.

However, United had to overcome an early setback when striker Hernandez was taken off with suspected ankle ligament damage, sustained when he got his studs caught in the turf.

Antonio Valencia was brought on in his place, with Nani pushed up front alongside Wayne Rooney, and Villa had no answer to the pace, movement and skill of the new-look front three.

So it was no surprise when Jones put the visitors in front.

Playing in midfield, the versatile 19-year-old timed his run into the box to perfection to confidently stroke home Nani’s nicely-flighted cross.

The chances kept coming with Given making a good save from Nani’s header and Valencia’s 35-yard shot sailing just over as United tried to turn the screw.

The game’s injury jinx struck again when Given was taken off with a hamstring injury as the problems piled up for the shot-shy Villans.

After being booed off at half-time, the hosts were brighter in the second half and Emile Heskey should have done better when he headed over the bar from three yards out after Richard Dunne had steered the ball towards goal from a corner.

It was a poor finish, symptomatic of the problems faced by the Midlanders since the goals have dried up in recent weeks.

Alex McLeish left winger Charles N’Zogbia out of his starting line-up because of a breach of club discipline, but the home side could have done with the sort of spark their £9.5m summer signing can provide.

There was plenty of industry from Barry Bannan, Marc Albrighton and Jenas, but very little in the way of flair.
Lindegaard was making only his fifth appearance of the season in the United goal, with Ferguson opting to rest David de Gea, and the Dane was rarely troubled on his way to a third successive Premier League clean sheet of the campaign.

He did, however, make a fantastic fingertip save from a James Collins header with 15 minutes remaining.
Rooney, who pulled the strings for United alongside Nani and Jones, might have sealed victory when he blazed over with just three minutes remaining.

But United closed out the match without any further alarms to stay within striking distance of Roberto Mancini’s pacesetters.

The performance of Jones, in particular, was significant for the Red Devils with England manager Fabio Capello’s assertion that the teenager can be a star in both defence and midfield looking to be a fairly sound judgement.

*Phil Jones scored the first goal of his career as Manchester United ground out their fourth one-nil win in five league games to beat Aston Villa.*

The 19-year-old side-footed home Nani’s cross from the left in the first half.

The visitors were always in control, but James Collins might have snatched a point when his late header was tipped over by Anders Lindegaard.

Injuries to Shay Given and Jermaine Jenas marred a fairly insipid contest.

City’s 5-1 demolition of Norwich put the pressure on United, who knew defeat would leave them eight points behind their big-spending rivals.

But this particular test was passed with considerable ease as United returned to second in the table with the win.

The blue half of Manchester might be sitting pretty at the summit, but they will be acutely aware of the trophy-winning pedigree their neighbours possess.

It was not a lesson in football at Villa Park, but it was a masterclass in how to grind out results - the type of which have helped United win 12 titles in the last 20 years.

They dominated possession, looked solid at the back and always seemed to have an extra gear going forward.

However, United had to overcome an early setback when striker Hernandez was taken off with suspected ankle ligament damage, sustained when he got his studs caught in the turf.

Antonio Valencia was brought on in his place, with Nani pushed up front alongside Wayne Rooney, and Villa had no answer to the pace, movement and skill of the new-look front three.

So it was no surprise when Jones put the visitors in front.

Playing in midfield, the versatile 19-year-old timed his run into the box to perfection to confidently stroke home Nani’s nicely-flighted cross.

The chances kept coming with Given making a good save from Nani’s header and Valencia’s 35-yard shot sailing just over as United tried to turn the screw.

The game’s injury jinx struck again when Given was taken off with a hamstring injury as the problems piled up for the shot-shy Villans.

After being booed off at half-time, the hosts were brighter in the second half and Emile Heskey should have done better when he headed over the bar from three yards out after Richard Dunne had steered the ball towards goal from a corner.

It was a poor finish, symptomatic of the problems faced by the Midlanders since the goals have dried up in recent weeks.

Alex McLeish left winger Charles N’Zogbia out of his starting line-up because of a breach of club discipline, but the home side could have done with the sort of spark their £9.5m summer signing can provide.

There was plenty of industry from Barry Bannan, Marc Albrighton and Jenas, but very little in the way of flair.
Lindegaard was making only his fifth appearance of the season in the United goal, with Ferguson opting to rest David de Gea, and the Dane was rarely troubled on his way to a third successive Premier League clean sheet of the campaign.

He did, however, make a fantastic fingertip save from a James Collins header with 15 minutes remaining.
Rooney, who pulled the strings for United alongside Nani and Jones, might have sealed victory when he blazed over with just three minutes remaining.

But United closed out the match without any further alarms to stay within striking distance of Roberto Mancini’s pacesetters.

The performance of Jones, in particular, was significant for the Red Devils with England manager Fabio Capello’s assertion that the teenager can be a star in both defence and midfield looking to be a fairly sound judgement.