The Villa Appetiser – Aston Villa vs Manchester United 2013

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Aston Villa vs Manchester United 2013


[Due to holiday and time differences this has been posted after the event of the Aston Villa vs Manchester United 2013 game that ended 3-0 to United]


Moyes on supposed targeting of Adnan Januzaj

This boy is an incredible talent, it’s not necessarily the same player but I think they are queuing up and taking turns about who is going to kick him next. There were that many tackles on him from different players and I think it’s something that referees are going to have to think about. They are queuing up to kick him.”

Lambert’s response

“If you look at my own team we’re not a physical side. We’re a young, young side and sometimes maybe overexuberance gets the better of them. But I never set anybody out to go and kick. I don’t think anybody could ever say we are the most physical side in the world. I don’t think it was a malicious game.”

Lambert on Ashley Young

“I don’t think he dives intentionally. I don’t know him personally but he tries to do things on the football pitch. Sometimes he gets caught.

“These players move so quick, the slightest nick can send them over. It’s up to the referee. Maybe some decisions have been highlighted because of one previous one.

“In any dangerous situation you can’t bring him down as a defender. That’s against any player, not just Ashley Young.”


Form is Temporary

Memory match:

12 September 2009 Manchester United 0 – 1 Aston Villa

A single goal from Gabriel Agbonlahor saw Villa gain a rare victory at Old Trafford.

[Below stats prior to United’s 3-0 win at Villa Park]

Manchester United: Last five League matches at home: W 2, D 1, L 2

Aston Villa: Last five League matches away: W 2, D 1, L 2

In the last five Premier League meetings at Villa Park, Villa have drawn three times and lost twice.


One to Watch

Wayne Rooney – fair play to him, he’s ignored all the previous transfer speculation and has been on fire this season. He’s also scored 10 times against Villa in the league during his career.


Facts to Sweep Under the Carpet

It’s been a long time since Villa last got a result against Manchester United, and while our performances haven’t been too bad in past encounters, there have been some frustrating moments. In fact, the last time we won at home against United was in 1995. Our loss against Fulham not only ended a decent run of form but also showed worrying signs for the claret and blue faithful. To make matters worse, the reliable Fabian Delph will not be involved. With inconsistent goal-scoring becoming another problem for Villa, it’s tough to see anything other than another United victory on Sunday.


What We Pray the Football Gods Will Provide

It was so disappointing to lose having led the match 2-0 last season against United. Even the draw would have been decent, but Hernandez scored in the 87th minute – just as United always seem to. It would be great to show a similar fighting spirit against the Champions this time around, and It would be unfortunate if we didn’t take advantage of the lack of confidence Moyes’ men seem to be suffering from. Oh, and less hoofing to Benteke!


 Why Villa have got this game in the bag

Some would say there is no better time to play United. They’ve lost their last two league games, and while they’re going well in the Champions League, they are finding life under David Moyes difficult so far. We both have similar form in terms of home v away, and while United have enjoyed visits to Villa Park recently, they haven’t all been victories. Villa came so close to a good result last season, and with a bit of luck, we can take all three points on Sunday. UTV.


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