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Game #5342

Aston Villa

Lost

20th (-)

Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Premier League

Manchester United

OId Trafford

Attendance: 75,411

Manchester United

1-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa lose for the twenty fourth time in thirty four Premier League games. And are relegated for the first time since the disastrous appointment of Billy McNeill in 1986-87 but even that pales into comparison with the current campaign.

KEY MAN

Joleon Lescott having led Villa into freefall, captains them to relegation before admitting "relief", Saturday, 16 April 2016.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 16 April 2016

🥅 | 32’ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford
🕒 | HT Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa
🟨 | 65’ Booking, Kieran Richardson
🔁 | 82’ Sub off, Kieran Richardson, Sub on, Rudy Gestede
🕒 | FT Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Eric Black loses his third game in charge as caretaker manager and Villa make it nine consecutive defeats, their twenty fifth loss in forty games this season.

As a result Villa are relegated with four to play - the earliest from the Premier League since Portsmouth were relegated with five games to play in 2009-10.

Left back Kieran Richardson made his final appearance for Villa aged 31 before being released in July 2016. Richardson, a £675,000 signing from Fulham in July 2014 made 41 appearances, 9 as substitute over his two seasons with Villa.

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: 2012-13

FIXTURE HISTORY

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Season | 2015-16 |
Matchday | #40 |
League Game | #34 |
Manager Game | #3 |
Saturday, 16 April 2016

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Eric Black (Caretaker) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Bellshill, 2016
Referee: Kevin Friend | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Leicester, 2003-2022
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Eric Black | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Caretaker

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 3 | 🟩 | 0 🟨 | 0 🟥 3 | 0.00

Villa Career Form:

Relegation

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Kevin Friend | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Leicester, 2003-2022
Matches Officiated: 15
🟩 : 5
🟨 : 3
🟥 : 7
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 27 Feb 16, Villa 1-2 Stoke (a)
Cards: 🟨
Assistants: Lee Betts, Darren Cann

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨

Manchester United

None

TEAM NEWS

Alan Hutton replaces Jordan Lyden.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 28.40 |
Oldest Player: CB Joleon Lescott | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 33.69 |
Youngest Player: F Jordan Ayew | 🇫🇷 | 24.61 |

MANAGER

Eric Black | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Caretaker

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
LB Kieran Richardson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | 🔴 | 🔁 |
CB Ciaran Clark | 🇮🇪 |
CB Joleon Lescott | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Aly Cissokho | 🇫🇷 |
RB Alan Hutton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Ashley Westwood | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Idrissa Gueye | 🇸🇳 |
M Leandro Bacuna | 🇨🇼 |
W Scott Sinclair | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Jordan Ayew | 🇬🇭 |

MANAGER

Louis van Gaal | 🇳🇱 |

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Manchester United

GK David De Gea | 🇪🇸 |
LB Daley Blind | 🇳🇱 |
CB Marcos Rojo | 🇦🇷 |
CB Chris Smalling | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Antonio Valencia | 🇪🇨 |
M Juan Mata | 🇪🇸 | 🔁 |
M Marouane Fellaini | 🇧🇪 |
M Morgan Schneiderlin | 🇫🇷 |
CF Memphis Depay | 🇳🇱 |
CF Marcus Rashford | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
F Wayne Rooney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 CF Rudy Gestede | 🇧🇯 | for LB Kieran Richardson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 82’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | W Jesse Lingard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for F Wayne Rooney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 67’ |
🔁 | CF Anthony Martial | 🇫🇷 | for CF Marcus Rashford | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 76’ |
🔁 | RB Timothy Fosu-Mensah | 🇳🇱 | for M Juan Mata | 🇪🇸 | 89’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Mark Bunn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Micah Richards | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Carlos Sánchez | 🇨🇴 |
M Jordan Lyden | 🇦🇺 |
M Jack Grealish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Carles Gil | 🇪🇸 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Sergio Romero | 🇦🇷 |
CB Paddy McNair | 🇬🇧 |
RB Matteo Darmian | 🇮🇹 |
RB Ashley Young (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £34.70m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £7.65m
Team Cost: £42.35m
Squad Cost: £51.53m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/18
Homegrown: 3/18

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: £235.63m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 3/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £52.22m
Team Cost: £287.85m
Squad Cost: £318.99m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/18
Homegrown: 3/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 | £0.90m |
GK Mark Bunn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

RB Alan Hutton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £4.05m |
RB Aly Cissokho | 🇫🇷 | £2.25m |
LB Kieran Richardson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £0.68m |

CB Joleon Lescott | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.26m |
CB Ciaran Clark | 🇮🇪 | Youth |
CB Micah Richards | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

M Idrissa Gueye | 🇸🇳 | £8.10m |
M Carlos Sánchez | 🇨🇴 | £5.40m |
M Ashley Westwood | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £2.25m |
M Leandro Bacuna | 🇨🇼 | £1.26m |
M Jordan Lyden | 🇦🇺 | Youth |
M Jack Grealish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

W Carles Gil | 🇪🇸 | £3.78m |
W Scott Sinclair | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £3.15m |

F Jordan Ayew | 🇬🇭 | £10.80m |
CF Rudy Gestede | 🇧🇯 | £7.65m |

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK David De Gea | 🇪🇸 | £21.62m |
GK Sergio Romero | 🇦🇷 | Free |

CB Marcos Rojo | 🇦🇷 | £17.30m |
CB Chris Smalling | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £6.92m |
CB Paddy McNair | 🇬🇧 | Youth |

RB Antonio Valencia | 🇪🇨 | £16.26m |
RB Matteo Darmian | 🇮🇹 | £15.57m |
RB Ashley Young (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £15.57m |
LB Daley Blind | 🇳🇱 | £15.14m |
RB Timothy Fosu-Mensah | 🇳🇱 | £0.33m |

M Juan Mata | 🇪🇸 | £38.69m |
M Morgan Schneiderlin | 🇫🇷 | £30.27m |
M Marouane Fellaini | 🇧🇪 | £28.02m |

W Jesse Lingard | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

CF Anthony Martial | 🇫🇷 | £51.89m |
CF Memphis Depay | 🇳🇱 | £29.41m |
F Wayne Rooney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £32.00m |
CF Marcus Rashford | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
LB Jordan Amavi | 🇫🇷 |
CF Libor Kozák | 🇨🇿 |

Suspension | 1 |
RB Alan Hutton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

Out on Loan | 8 |
CB Nathan Baker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Bristol City
GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Huddersfield
RB Janoi Donacien | 🇱🇨 | Newport
F Callum Robinson | 🇮🇪 | Preston
M Gary Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Forest
LB Joe Bennett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Wednesday
FB José Ángel Crespo | 🇪🇸 | Vallecano
F Jerell Sellars | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Wycombe

UNAVAILABLE

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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 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

🔴 LB Kieran Richardson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 2014-16 | 🕒 41 | 32 (9) | ⚽ 0 | 🔥 1 | 🇺 15 | #867 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 35%
Possession A | 65%
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 6
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 14
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 9

MATCH QUOTES

“It’s a mood of disappointment. What I will say is today I thought [the Villa players] were outstanding - energy levels, desire to stick to the plan. “But for some misfortune, I thought we could have got a draw. I know there has been criticism - some of it deserved - but today they showed there was some pride for the shirt. “There are players in there capable of playing in the Championship. People in certain places will make sure that Villa will come back, I’m confident of that. That process has to start now.” Eric Black, Saturday, 16 April 2016.

MATCH REPORT

*Sky Sports*
Saturday, 16 April 2016

Aston Villa’s relegation to the Championship has been confirmed after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford’s seventh goal of the season, turning in Antonio Valencia’s low cross on 32 minutes, proved the winner in Villa’s 24th defeat of the season, which leaves them an insurmountable 15 points short of safety with four games left. The West Midlands club end their 28-year stay in the top-flight with one of the poorest campaigns from any Premier League side - and they went out with a whimper. Substitute Rudy Gestede went closest late on when he hit the post from a corner but United should have scored more, with Memphis Depay hitting the post in stoppage time, as Wayne Rooney made his first start in over two months after injury. Villa’s fate has appeared a foregone conclusion for some time, with the club sitting bottom of the division since November 2 and winning just three games all season, but that will do little to soften the blow to one of England’s biggest clubs. The hosts were buoyed by the return of Rooney, making his first start since February 13 as one of five changes to the side that won at West Ham in midweek, with boss Louis van Gaal mindful of another game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday and an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next weekend. Rooney was lively and influential from the start and his side bossed the opening 20 minutes, with Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling both heading wide from corners before Juan Mata danced into the area and should have found the target from 12 yards. At the other end, Jordan Ayew and Kieran Richardson smashed speculative efforts over the bar from distance as Villa struggled to cope with United’s movement, and Valencia found space on the right to pick out Rashford for a well-taken opener. Villa had a debatable case for a penalty as Ayew was brought down in the box, but got nothing, and the forward continued to be a rare live-wire for the away side, almost finding the net on the stroke of half-time when a close-range shot was blocked by Smalling. United then had their own shout fora penalty when Rashford was brought down by Alan Hutton, but got nothing either, before the young striker got up and was put through by Mata to flash a shot wide of the near post. Depay and Daley Blind flashed excellent crosses in front of the Villa goal as United hunted for a second, but they were fortunate not to draw the game after Gestede emerged from the bench to cause problems. The goal was gaping as the forward tried to turn home Ayew’s cut back, but his shot was blocked, before he volleyed against the upright with six minutes left. But Villa had to win to have any hope of embarking on a great escape and, as they have done for most of the season, they fell short of what is required to win a Premier League football match. --- *The Guardian* Saturday, 16 April 2016 *Aston Villa fans fury over Joleon Lescott’s ‘relegation a relief’ comment* Joleon Lescott has provoked yet more anger from Villa fans after describing their relegation from the Premier League as a relief – calling it “a weight off the shoulders” for the players. Villa’s fate was finally confirmed by their ninth successive defeat, 1-0 at Manchester United, in a game marked by more fan protests against the team and the board. When the caretaker manager, Eric Black, urged the Villa players to acknowledge the travelling supporters at the end, only a handful did so. Lescott – who has been at the centre of several of the club’s most awkward off-field headlines this season – then caused another online backlash with comments he made after the final whistle. “We knew before the game what we had to do but coming to Old Trafford is never easy, no matter what situation you’re in,” he told the BBC. “We showed a level of pride that there’s probably not been enough of throughout the season. “It’s about results so regardless of how we played in patches today we are relegated … But now it’s confirmed maybe it’s a weight off the shoulders and we can give these fans what they deserve, some performances. “Throughout the season we have given reasons for people to jump on us. It’s part of football, we have to take that on the chin. It’s a tough time at the minute. But at the back of our minds is next season to get promoted. I’m here for as long as Aston Villa want me.” During the match Villa fans had chanted “Joleon Lescott: he’s got a new car” – a reference to one of the moments that seemed to sum up the fractured relationship between supporters and players this season. Lescott had claimed in February that a tweet he sent in the wake of Villa’s humiliating 6-0 defeat by Liverpool, which contained just a picture of a £125,000 sports car was sent in error while the phone was in his pocket. He apologised both for the tweet and for what he called “mine and team’s lack of commitment for the 90 minutes”. That came a month after Lescott and the goalkeeper Brad Guzan had clashed verbally with their own fans during a 1-1 FA Cup third round draw at Wycombe. Addressing the media at Old Trafford, Black tried to build bridges – but with the club captain, Gabby Agbonlahor, again dropped, this time accused of “not training properly”, he admitted repairing the damage would take time. “I am humbled by our support. We had 32,000 at our last game even though they have seen us win at home about 18 times in the last four years. “All I have tried to do in the short time I have been at the club is take small steps forward to offer the supporters some encouragement. “I understand that there is a disconnect between the team and the fans at the moment and that’s what we need to work on, because supporters don’t want to be attacking their team. It is a massive transformation you have to make. “You will need to move some players on and find you are unable to, and you will lose some of the players you want to keep. The rebuild has to start right now.”

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