Premier League

April 15, 2012

Full-time

Manchester United

4 - 0

Aston Villa

Premier League

16:00 BST, April 15, 2012

Old Trafford, England

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    Ok, time for Tottenham - Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final then!

  • 90'

    FULL TIME Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa

  • 90'

    GOAL Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa Nani adds a fourth!!! Jonny Evans is hanging around the area and slips a lovely pass to Nani who fires home under Given.

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    Nani for pulling Alan Hutton

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    Bannan booked for a cynical trip on Michael Carrick in midfield.

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    Four minutes added-time...

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    From the corner, Jonny Evans rises high to head just over the bar.

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    Nani breaks on the left though and finds Berbatov. His shot is on-target, but blocked.

  • 89'

    United keeping the ball with ease in the centre...

  • 88'

    Evans sets up a United attack with some fine composed play in defence. Comes to an end between Valencia and Berbatov though. Different wave-lengths.

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  • 86'

    Five minutes to play. This is fizzling out.

  • 85'

    Nani thinks he is shoved over whilst trying to shoot. Hutton emerges with the ball and the referee waves play on.

  • 84'

    Now Evra looks to spring forward in attack, but the pass to him is overhit and the Frenchman has to scamper back.

  • 82'

    Strong defending from Patrice Evra to deny Alan Hutton who thinks he is bursting into the area.

  • 81'

    Given has to react quickly once more to tip over Antonio Valencia's deflected shot.

  • 80'

    Nani must have thought he would turn in Valencia's corner. Blocked at the near post.

  • 79'

    Shay Given saves with his face! Welbeck must have thought he had scored from Rafael's set-up play

  • 78'

    Cleverley on for Scholes

  • 77'

    Worrying moment for Given who handled outside the area. Got away with it as the referee allows Welbeck to play on.

  • 76'

    Villa free-kick. Wasted by Gary Gardner.

  • 75'

    Samir Carruthers on for Stephen Ireland

  • 74'

    Berbatov on for Rooney

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    GOAL Manchester United 3-0 Aston Villa Rooney at the double!!! Once more it is Antonio Valencia the provider, picking out Rooney in the centre who pokes home through James Collins' legs.

  • 72'

    Lovely play from Rafael to dispossess Agbonlahor and launch United forward. Having a good game in defence.

  • 71'

    Nathan Baker wins the ball at the back post but heads wide. Would have been a foul.

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    Agbonlahor attempts an ambitious effort from 25 yards. Mishit, but it's a corner to Villa.

  • 70'

    Villa look to spring a surprise, but Alan Hutton's cross is poor and Jonny Evans wins the header with ease.

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    Beautiful pass from Valencia finding Rooney unmarked in the centre, but he screws his shot wide.

  • 67'

    United keeping the ball once more. Attack building...

  • 66'

    Heskey rises in the centre and looks to loop a header over De Gea, but the Spaniard tips the ball over the bar.

  • 65'

    The handball shout was not bad. They have been given.

  • 64'

    Appeals for hand-ball in the area by Nathan Baker. Nothing given.

  • 64'

    Clark heads off with Heskey coming on

  • 63'

    Ciaran Clark is down again. Looks a bit dazed.

  • 62'

    United work the ball to Valencia and the winger fires a low cross across goal. James Collins does well to clear.

  • 61'

    Nani replaces Ashley Young

  • 60'

    United attack, but Villa have formed two lines in defence. Tough to break down.

  • 59'

    United are readying Nani on the sidelines. Very little happening on the pitch.

  • 58'

    Everyone should be ok. Clark just getting the cut dealt with. Lets get going.

  • 57'

    Players receiving treatment now. Delays once more.

  • 56'

    Evra and Callum Clark down after a collision. Clark with a cut to the head, Evra with a sore collar-bone area.

  • 55'

    Villa looking a bit more lively now, but lacking any cutting edge.

  • 54'

    Rafael rises high to clear Callum Clark's cross from the right. A moment or two later, Barry Bannan fires wildly over from 30 yards.

  • 53'

    A really scrappy start to the second-period. United need to get their midfield pair on the ball once more.

  • 52'

    The game has slowed right down with those incidents. Nothing doing though and lets play football!

  • 51'

    Hutton booked after catching Ashley Young late in midfield.

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    Bit of a delay as Agbonlahor recieves treatment. Nothing serious.

  • 49'

    Scholes for catching Gabriel Agbonlahor.

  • 48'

    Almost a horrendous defensive mess from Aston Villa, but Wayne Rooney can't capitalise.

  • 47'

    Welbeck brings down a pass in the middle and dummies a shot to try and slip Wayne Rooney in on goal. To no avail.

  • 46'

    Unbelievable from Paul Scholes. Beautiful raking ball out to Antonio Valencia within seconds of the half getting underway.

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    SECOND-HALF is underway at Old Trafford

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    Almost second-half time then. More of the same, or are Villa going to up their game?

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    Paul Scholes in midfield has been magnificent so far. A place at Euro 2012 this summer?

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    Villa are looking clueless to be honest. They are obviously talented youngsters, but to play at Old Trafford is a tough ask.

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    HALF TIME Manchester United in complete control to take advantage of some sloppy defending.

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    United just keeping the ball now.

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    One minute added time...

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    A delightful step-over/dummy from Nathan Baker to allow the cross to reach Welbeck though.

  • 43'

    GOAL Manchester United 2-0 Aston Villa Welbeck at the far-post!!! Unbelievably poor defending from Villa. Ashley Young's tame cross is allowed to roll right across the face of goal for Danny Welbeck to turn home.

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    Unlucky for Welbeck, looking to get behind Nathan Baker. Tough to achieve, but a slip makes it impossible.

  • 41'

    Scrappy couple of minutes. Villa raising their game heading into half-time

  • 40'

    Wayne Rooney is not having his best game. Another shot is off-target.

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  • 39'

    Rooney slots home the penalty

  • 38'

    Gardner booked for a late tackle on Paul Scholes

  • 37'

    Rooney not having his finest game. Dispossessed by Gardner whilst looking to find Valencia.

  • 36'

    What a terrible shot. Valencia looks to curl the ball with the outside of his foot, but it flies for a throw-in.

  • 35'

    All United now. Villa are under-siege.

  • 34'

    Fine save from Shay Given. Valencia drills the ball across goal, Welback gets a foot to the ball and Given bats it away from point-blank range.

  • 32'

    Michael Carrick shows lovely feet to break into the area. Terrible pass though.

  • 31'

    He's back and straight into the action, looking to pick out Rooney with a 60 yard pass that is only just intercepted.

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    Scholes is now down injured. Won a tackle in midfield, but stayed down. Should be ok though.

  • 29'

    Ashley Young's corner is pulled back to Scholes at the edge of the area and he lashes a volley just wide of the post. Wow. Great technique.

  • 28'

    Welbeck wins a corner for his side, looking to trick his way past Nathan Baker. The defender stands strong.

  • 27'

    Stephen Ireland looks to curl the ball in at the far post from 20 yards. Not far wide, but De Gea seems comfortable.

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    James Collins is having a stormer so far. Valencia crosses to the far-post and Welbeck fires at goal, but Collins throws himself in the way.

  • 24'

    Swung in by Ashley Young from the left, Carrick flicks it on and Wayne Rooney heads wide at the back-post. Tough chance.

  • 23'

    Danny Welbeck skips past his marker and looks to curl an effort in at the far post. Corner.

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    Lovely stuff from Rooney, whose clever back-heel almost finds Welbeck. James Collins is there to mop up the danger.

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    Back with United in midfield...

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    Close from Aston Villa. Ciaran Clark rises high to flick his header just wide of the far-post.

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    Bit of a slow spell as Rafael curls a cross out for a goal-kick. All Man Utd so far.

  • 18'

    Rafael breaks down the right and his cut-back finds Rooney. The England man works some space and fires a fine effort on goal, but Given saves well.

  • 17'

    Taken short. The ball eventually comes to Welbeck at the back-post, but Nathan Baker does brilliantly to block his header.

  • 16'

    United probing in midfield. Young fouled again 30 yards out. Free-kick.

  • 15'

    STAT Ashley Young has now won eight penalties since the start of 2009/10. Twice as many as any other player.

  • 14'

    Villa penned in their own half now. Good pressure from the United front-line.

  • 13'

    Villa look to attack, but the ball is lost as Stephen Ireland attempts an audacious back-heel.

  • 12'

    Valencia gives away a free-kick for a foul on Lichaj in the Villa area. Working hard as per usual the Ecuadorian.

  • 11'

    James Collins denies Paul Scholes a shot on goal after clever work from Ashley Young. Top defending.

  • 10'

    Eric Lichaj does brilliantly to cut out a ball looking for Antonio Valencia. Showed great pace there.

  • 9'

    Carrick The United midfielder is somewhat harshly booked for a foul in midfield.

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    There is definite contact on Ashley Young, but it will cause controversy that one. He looked for contact you might say.

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    GOAL Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa Rooney from the spot!!! The England striker slots it calmly in the bottom corner.

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    PENALTY to Manchester United. Foul on Ashley Young.

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    Young looks to release Evra down the left this time, but Alan Hutton is there to intercept.

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    Lovely play from Carrick and Rooney to create a shooting chance for the England striker. His shot is on target, but hits team-mate Ashley Young.

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    United playing keep-ball in midfield now. Trying to take the initiative early on.

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    Straight away a slight chance for United at the other end as Ashley Young rises at the near post from Valencia's cross. The cross is just too high though.

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    Straight away Villa have a chance, but Weimann's left-footed effort is tame.

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    KICK-OFF at The Theatre of Dreams

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    Minutes silence observed for Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini at Old Trafford, who tragically died yesterday.

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    STAT ATTACK Manchester United are undefeated in 29 of their last 30 matches against Aston Villa in all competitions.

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    The teams are out into the glorious Manchester sunshine. Lets get going!

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    A young Aston Villa line-up once more today. Will they be able to take-on the title challengers without fear and cause a shock? Or will they wilt in the face of the Red Devils might?

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    Think this game may be boring? Think again. Remember that Federico Macheda goal from 2009? In April, against Aston Villa. Will history repeat itself?

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    So, Manchester United host Aston Villa with the Red Devils looking to restore their five point advantage at the top of the league.

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    TEAM NEWS

    Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Collins, Baker, Lichaj, Bannan, Ireland, Clark, Gardner, Weimann, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Delfouneso, Heskey, Cuellar, Johnson, Carruthers.

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    TEAM NEWS

    Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Young, Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Amos, Jones, Berbatov, Giggs, Hernandez, Nani, Cleverley.

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    It's not over until the fat lady sings, but Fergie thinks there will be a few twists and turns on the way

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    Shaun Maloney's winner for Wigan had opened up the title race.

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    Join us at 1600 BST to see if Manchester United can stretch the gap at the top of the league back to five points against Aston Villa.