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Game #5275

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Attendance: 41,273

Drew

Premier League

12th (+1)

Manchester United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Villa Park

Credit where it's due, Villa secure a creditable draw with Manchester United despite being reduced to ten men for the second successive game to leave Paul Lambert with one defeat and two wins in the last seven.

Aston Villa

1-1

Manchester United

Assist(s) | Not recorded

KEY MAN

Christian Benteke celebrates opening the scoring as ten man Villa earn a creditable draw under Paul Lambert with Manchester United, Saturday, 20 December 2014.

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 18โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Christian Benteke
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester United
๐Ÿฅ… | 53โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Manchester United), Radamel Falcao
๐ŸŸฅ | 65โ€™ Sending off, Gabriel Agbonlahor
๐ŸŸจ | 75โ€™ Booking, Brad Guzan
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Aly Cissokho, Sub on, Leandro Bacuna
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Andreas Weimann, Sub on, Charles Nโ€™Zogbia
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United

ON THIS DAY

Paul Lambertโ€™s Villa secure a creditable draw and have just one loss in seven but have now won just twice in eight home League matches and sit twelfth in the table after seventeen games, five points clear of the drop zone.

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†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2012-13

FIXTURE HISTORY

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2014-15 |
Matchday | #18 |
League Game | #17 |
Manager Game | #105 |
Saturday, 20 December 2014

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2012-2015
Referee: Lee Mason | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton, 2006-2021
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Lee Mason | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bolton, 2006-2021 ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 27 Oct 14, Villa 0-2 QPR (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Andy Halliday, Stuart Burt

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ

Manchester United

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Ron Vlaar (first start in 6), Andreas Weimann, Fabian Delph (first start in 10) and Matt Lowton (first start in 6) replace Charles Nโ€™Zogbia, Alan Hutton (suspension), Kieran Richardson (suspension) and Tom Cleverley (loan terms)

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.30 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 30.30 |

Youngest Player |
CB Jores Okore | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 22.37 |

MANAGER

Paul Lambert | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

Louis van Gaal | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Ron Vlaar | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Jores Okore | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Matt Lowton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Carlos Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CF Christian Benteke | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |

Manchester United

GK David De Gea | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Ashley Young (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Phil Jones | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Johnny Evans | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
M Juan Mata | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Michael Carrick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Antonio Valencia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Darren Fletcher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Radamel Falcao | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | โšฝ |
CF Wayne Rooney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Robin van Persie | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ | for RB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 80โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” W Charles Nโ€™Zogbia | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | 80โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Antonio Valencia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | (CF James Wilson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Darren Fletcher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | (LB Tyler Blackett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ)
๐Ÿ” | CF Robin van Persie | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (W รngel Di Marรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Riccardo Calder | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Callum Robinson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Anders Lindegaard | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
RB Rafael Da Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Paddy McNair | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
W Adnan Januzaj | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI: ยฃ47.03m
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 : 3/11
Homegrown: 3/11

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 : 5/18
Homegrown: 7/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

Team Cost: ยฃ266.16m

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

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 : 9/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 5 |
CF Libor Kozรกk | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Philippe Senderos | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
M Joe Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Suspension | 2 |
LB Kieran Richardson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Loan Terms | 1 |
Tom Cleverley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 11 |
CF Nicklas Helenius | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Aalborg BK
M Yacouba Sylla | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Kayseri Erciyesspor
LB Antonio Luna | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hellas Verona
W Aleksandar Tonev | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | Celtic
RB Janoi Donacien | ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ | Tranmere
LB Joe Bennett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Brighton
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Brighton
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Yeovil
LB Enda Stevens | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Doncaster
F Daniel Johnson | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Oldham
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Brighton

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

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

Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 36%
Possession A | 64%
Shots F | 8
Shots A | 16
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 10
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 8
Fouls A | 9

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œWe highlighted at the beginning we were down to bare bones in a system we werenโ€™t used to playing but I thought we looked great.

โ€œI didnโ€™t think it was a sending off to be fair. Ashley Young has said to Brad Guzan that he made the foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. That was not a sending off, everyone in the ground saw that.

โ€œWe changed the way we played, our passing was a lot better and we always have a threat up front. Look at the team, no Cleverley, Hutton, seven of them, a fantastic point.โ€

Paul Lambert, Saturday, 20 December 2014.

*The Guardian*
Saturday, 20 December 2014

Louis van Gaal made no attempt to conceal his frustration. The Manchester United manager conceded his players had dropped two points that could ultimately cost them the title after Aston Villa, despite playing with 10 men for the final 25 minutes, courageously held on for a draw that denied the Dutchman a seventh successive Premier League victory.

Gabriel Agbonlahorโ€™s harsh and controversial straight red card, following a challenge with Ashley Young that the United player later admitted should have ended up with him being penalised rather than his former Villa team-mate, shifted the momentum firmly in the favour of the visitors and ought to have given them the platform to go on and win the game. Instead a team with such a dazzling array of attacking riches created little and struggled to break down a resolute Villa defence in which Jores Okore was outstanding.

Radamel Falcaoโ€™s second goal since arriving from Monaco, on his first league start in more than two months, hauled United level early in the second half after Christian Benteke, with a glorious strike, had put Villa ahead, but the anticipated second-half onslaught never arrived.

Even after Agbonlahorโ€™s dismissal โ€“ a decision that Lee Mason, the referee, will surely regret when he reviews the footage โ€“ and following the earlier introduction of รngel Di Marรญa from the bench, United found it difficult to carve open clearcut opportunities. Too often their buildup play was slow and prosaic, in particular in the first half when United dominated possession but rarely penetrated.

Van Gaal did not hesitate when asked whether it was the sort of result that United would look back on at the end of the season and wonder if it cost them the title. โ€œYes, thatโ€™s what I mean,โ€ the United manager said.

โ€œIโ€™ve seen, for example, Manchester City only in the first half against Crystal Palace and they could also be behind in the first five or 10 minutes and they struggle until half-time, but in the end it is 3-0. Thatโ€™s the difference.

โ€œWhen you want to be part of the title race, you have to win these games. I think also that we were not so aggressive in the first half as we are usually, we kept the ball much better but we didnโ€™t create so much because we were not looking to the forwards, thatโ€™s why I changed Darren Fletcher with Carrick because I know heโ€™s more of a passer to the forwards. But it was not good enough to catch the victory here. We were not creative enough in the second half, we donโ€™t keep the ball so good as in the first half but we had more aggression, so that was the plus.โ€

For Villa, the result was greeted with a mixture of pride and anger. A team severely depleted through injury and suspension โ€“ Paul Lambert said Villaโ€™s bench was โ€œlike a kindergartenโ€ โ€“ showed tremendous character against a club that tend to enjoy rich pickings in these parts. There was, however, a sense of injustice about Masonโ€™s decision to send off Agbonlahor, after a 50-50 challenge with Young that seemed anything but malicious.

โ€œIf that is a red card, you may as well pack up, because it wonโ€™t be a game of football,โ€ Lambert said. โ€œI spoke to Brad Guzan after the game and he said Ashley Young admitted that he fouled Gabby. I can understand Kieran Richardson getting sent off last week [against West Bromwich Albion] but thereโ€™s no way thatโ€™s a red card.

โ€œItโ€™s a tackle where two lads went in for the ball. Gabby is really down, which youโ€™d expect. But Iโ€™ll stick up for him all day long.โ€

Bentekeโ€™s opening goal โ€“ his first at Villa Park in the league since March โ€“ came totally against the run of play, but it was an absolute beauty.

Taking the ball down on his chest following Fabian Delphโ€™s deep free-kick, Benteke shifted the ball onto his left foot and, with Jonny Evans standing off him, curled a sumptuous shot from just inside the penalty area that arched into the top corner. โ€œA world class goal and it gave us something to hold onto,โ€ Lambert said.

Benteke was denied a second early in the second half, when David de Gea tipped over the Belgianโ€™s header, and moments later United brought parity through Falcao following a fine piece of wing-play from Young. Showing tenacity and pace, Young beat
Matthew Lowton on the outside before digging out a superb cross that implored the unmarked Falcao to head home.

United huffed and puffed in pursuit of a winner as Carrickโ€™s glancing header was hacked clear by Okore. James Wilson, a second-half substitute, forced the impressive Guzan into a late save, but Villa, who had a late chance of their own when Leandro Bacuna drilled inches wide, refused to buckle.