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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

Manchester United

Player Ratings: Radamel Falcao gets his goal but United slip up at Villa

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes his side should have taken all three points from their 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.
Radamel Falcao scored his second goal for Manchester United but it wasn't enough to complete a turnaround as 10-man Aston Villa held them to a 1-1 draw.

Manchester United travelled to Aston Villa with the hope of getting their seventh win on the trot amid talk of the title but missed their chance and the 1-1 draw on Saturday was a disappointment.

They will be particularly frustrated they didn't make more of their dominance in the first half. United saw lots of the ball but created next to nothing, and although there was more urgency in the second half, Gabriel Agbonlahor's sending off did the visitors no favours as the hosts became more defensive.


Three Points: Villa deserve a point as Man Utd cannot take advantage

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes his side should have taken all three points from their 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

BIRMINGHAM, England -- A trio of observations on Aston Villa and Manchester United's 1-1 draw Saturday in the Premier League.

1. Another mixed Man United display

Another mixed performance for Manchester United, but on this occasion they failed to convert it into three points. One was all they deserved in a game in which they failed to land punches during the first half and failed to land enough in the second.

Facing 10 men for the final 25 minutes, albeit 10 men backed by a ferocious home crowd,...

 By Andy Mitten

Darren Fletcher's future looks unlikely to be at Manchester United

Ten-man Aston Villa managed to hold red-hot Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park.

On Boxing Day 2002, a slim teen wearing a Manchester United suit and tie enters a service station on the A1 motorway near Newcastle. His attire attracts attention, but his face doesn't register with weary festive travellers.

The boy who later maintains that he can eat anything without putting on weight ignores the fast-food outlets and uses the service station toilets to change into less formal clothing.

It's still 10 weeks before Fletcher will make his Manchester United first-team debut, but Sir...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Manchester City want De Bruyne and Koke, Torres set for Anfield reunion

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is facing a shortage of striker options for their match against Crystal Palace.

Some people think the festive season is about counting down December's days until Christmas morning, but we all know the real fun begins Jan. 1. Keep connected with all the build-up with Transfer Talk.

Man City in line for Kevin De Bruyne

Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne might be set for a return to the Premier League. The one-time Chelsea player never figured in Jose Mourinho's plans at Stamford Bridge and was subsequently loaned out to Werder Bremen.

Now The Mirror reported the attacking...

Mark Payne Manchester Utd  By Mark Payne

Manchester United's fortunes have changed since last visit to Villa Park

Louis van Gaal talks about the future of Radamel Falcao as he prepares his in-form Manchester United side for trip to Aston Villa.

In the 15th minute of Manchester United's visit to Villa Park last year, Adnan Januzaj leapt higher than anyone else in the area to meet Antonio Valencia's cross and thump a header against the post. Danny Welbeck gratefully slotted home the rebound, but nobody was in any doubt as to who deserved the credit.

A year on and Januzaj's future is looking far from certain.

Last December the cracks were beginning to show in David Moyes' reign at United. The champions had already lost to West Bromwich Albion...

 By Andy Mitten

For Manchester United, Villa Park has been a happy hunting ground

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol discuss whether or not Manchester United are Premier League title contenders.

While Manchester United will be expected to record their seventh straight win at Aston Villa on Saturday, they're unlikely to score seven as they did against the same opponents in March 1950.

Four of the goals -- including three penalties -- in a 7-0 win that day were scored by my great uncle Charlie. An ever-present for United that season, he scored a total of 16 goals from outside-left -- an astonishing return for a winger. He took particular toll on Villa, with that quartet following a double...