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Aston Villa - Manchester United
Premier League - 11 November 2012
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Manchester United claim a remarkable win thanks to the goalscoring prowess of Javier Hernandez! They come from two goals down to nick a win at Villa Park. Where have we seen that before?
United win a free-kick inside their own half, over which they take an eternity. This could be it...
Benteke nicks the ball off Smalling but is crowded out. United defending nervously - but just a minute remaining.
Another decent punch from De Gea... and another... but United under real pressure here.
Corner Villa as Evra throws himself in front of a Holman shot and the ball spirals behind.
Villa still working extremely hard. They have closed down impresively all game.
Villa now passing the ball around as United get men behind the ball. Roles reversed here.
FIVE MINUTES of stoppage time to be played.
Benteke challenges De Gea in the air... the goalkeeper punches clear and is clattered as he does so. That was decent from De Gea, who is often suspect in the air.
Blimey. This is a striker who could hardly get a game in the first couple of months of the season and still has to come off the bench. That's seven goals in five games for the Little Pea.
GOAL!! HERNANDEZ!! He's surely won it! Van Persie swings in a free-kick left-footed and the Mexican glances his header into the right corner of the net! Amazing!
Fabian Delph replaces Barry Bannan...
Van Persie tries to thread a precision ball to Hernandez inside the box, but that sort of thing is monstrously difficult with Villa back in numbers.
The Villa fans holler for a foul throw against Valencia - and that was far worse than the one he got pernalised for in the first half.
Carrick finds Hernandez who heads down at the edge of the box, but the ball won't fall for a white shirt.
Ferdinand lets Cleverley's deep corner drop over his head, he chases it down and then meekly taps it out for a Villa throw. Hmm.
Corner United as Bannan slides an Evra cross behind.
Rafael tries a long shot that flashes over the bar from distance. Never much danger of that going in.
Solid defending from Villa as two United crosses are repelled and third, from Cleverley, is blocked away for a throw.
A cracking ovation for Andreas Weimann as he leaves the field - Brett Holman replaces him.
Valencia tries a long ball over the top for Hernandez - but there are two Villa defenders in attendance and the ball is cleared.
Anderson replaces Wayne Rooney for United. Meanwhile Karim El-Ahmadi is on for Stephen Ireland for Villa.
Lowton crosses deep from the right... too deep and it's over Agbonlahor.
Lowton flies in with a good challenge to dispossess Rooney. Villa growing in confidence again.
Villa have weathered the storm, now can they hold on for a point or push on for more?
Rooney drives inside from the left and now it's his turn to go for goal... laces his shot high and wide from 30 yards.
No way! Van Persie hits the bar again! This time with an absolute rocket of a 25-yarder. What a goal that would have been!
OFF THE BAR!! Rooney's corner is met by the Dutchman at the near post, and he thunders his header against the woodwork. A finisher of his quality will feel he should have scored.
Off goes Paul Scholes, who is replaced by Tom Cleverley.
Vlaar smashes a long-range shot that is blocked on its way through.
Another chance for Benteke as he races onto the ball amround the penalty spot - but this time Smalling does enough to get the ball away for a corner.
Valencia crosses to the feet of Scholes inside the box, but he cannot turn and get a shot away.
Benteke tries to manouevre into space at the edge of the box. He's not the most nimble and Carrick manages to nick the ball off him.
Obviously the momentum is with United, but this game really could go either way. Very open, with chances at both ends.
Weimann so close to a hat-trick! He meets Bannan's cross with a powerful header that is straight at De Gea!
Two shots are charged down at the edge of the Villa box as United come roaring back. The home side really are clinging on here.
Bannan shoots over from long range... some respite for Villa with the ball in the crowd, I suppose.
That might go down as a Vlaar own goal - will need another look - but United won't care. They have dragged themselves back into this in double quick time!
GOAL!! JAVIER HERNANDEZ HAS DONE IT AGAIN!! United are level! Rafael crosses deep from the right and Hernandez sidefoots in via a deflection off Vlaar!
Chance for Benteke as he heads at De Gea... it's a really open game now. Down the other end, Van Persie tries an audacious dipping volley from 40 yards but it drops well wide.
Van Persie's corner finds the head of Scholes - but he glances it wide for a goal kick.
Rafael wins a corner on the United right as Stevens blocks a Rafael cross.
Apologies for early confusion re: Hernandez - I am very clearly blind (and watching on a tiny TV screen) - he was a half-time introduction for Ashley Young.
GOAL! Javier Hernandez pulls one back! He latches on to a Paul Scholes through ball and stils the ball through Brad Guzan's legs! Predatory stuff from the Mexican!
Smalling hasn't had the most enjoyable day, and now he is hacked down by Stephen Ireland. Yellow card.
Agbonlahor really fancies this - he runs at Rafael who does well to get the ball away for a throw.
This seems very much like a Javier Hernandez situation. Mind you, United can't get it into the box at the moment so not sure how much use he'll be.
Agbonlahor runs at Ferdinand, who backs off a bit looking scared, but the ball ricochets off the Villa man's shins and out for a goal kick.
United were only 2/1 to win at half-time - what has that done to the odds? A horrible goal to concede - so simple for Villa.
GOAL!! TWO FOR VILLA!! Such a simple goal! Ireland finds Agbonlahor on the left in space - he drills in a low cross and Weimann taps in his scond goal from close range!
United have an early corner cleared... signs of recovery early in the second half.
Meanwhile, @SoccerboyDormon reckons: 'Scholes and carrick midfield slowing game down. Sub for cleverley or anderson'
The best assessment of Smalling's effort on the Aston Villa goal comes from @snap_kaka_pop who suggests: "Chris Smalling is made of mops." Surreal but strangely accurate.
Second half under way.
Raucous cheers greet the half-time whistle, and Villa lead! It was a cracking strike from Weimann, though close enough to De Gea that the keeper might have kept it out. United think Benteke fouled Smalling in the build-up, too.
GOAL! Villa lead! It's Andreas Weimann! Benteke comes down the left on the break, turns Smalling and crosses to Weimann at the edge of the box, who smashes the ball into the roof of the net!
There's a man down in the Villa box as United play on - but controversy is averted as the home side come clear on the break...
Rooney hits a long shot with decent power, but it's straight at Guzan from 35 yards out.
Villa work it well down the right, Lowton crosses left-footed and it soars over the head of Benteke in the middle.
United continue to dominate possession but are finding to get out of their own half as Villa press high up the pitch.
Bannan floats the free-kick into the box and Smalling rises highest to head clear.
Ferdinand is penalised for a foul on Benteke and considers throwing the ball away before thinking better of it... a decent opportunity for Villa, this.
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The game has gone a little quiet here. Quite a lot of milling about in the middle third of the pitch.
Aston Villa’s starting line-up has an average age of 24 years and 61 days – their third-youngest ever in PL history, youngest since 2003 and youngest ever at Villa Park.
Stephen Ireland has a shot on his left foot... it flashes wide to the right of De Gea's goal.
Manchester United have scored exactly two first half goals in each of their last four PL matches, since they were losing 2-0 at home to Tottenham on September 29.
Rooney plays a diagonal ball into the box towards Van Persie, but once again Vlaar is there to cut it out.
Half an hour gone, and even though United have enjoyed 73% possession this has been an even contest.
Young feeds Evra down the left, whose attempted cross is blocked. Space at both ends of the pitch.
Slick interplay from United as Van Persie feeds Ashley Young... he battles for it inside the box and is adjudged to have fouled an opponent. The crowd enjoyed that.
Benteke hooks a cross in from the right.. it is hit too hard to find a team-mate, but once again this is decent stuff from Villa.
Rooney bends a free-kick into the United box from the left, 45 yards from goal. Poor free-kick, too low, and the ball is headed clear.
With Smalling still off the pitch, Scholes gets caught in possession at the edge of the box by Ireland who tees up Benteke clean through one-on-one - and referee Friend bails Scholes out by blowing for a foul on the United midfielder!
Smalling goes over to the touchline for treatment after what looks like a clash of heads.
What was that? Valencia absolutely smashes the ball out of play from wide on the right. It was so powerful it can only be a shot, but it never has any chance of going in.
More good defending from Ron Vlaar, who wins a header with Rooney lurking inside the Villa box.
Foul throw! Collector's item! You never see those given! Antonio Valencia is the culprit and Kevin Friend pulls him up. In fact, that was far from the worst foul throw you'll ever see.
As 19 minutes come up, the crowd erupts into its now-customary ovation for Stiliyan Petrov - the former Villa number 19 is fighting leukaemia.
This has been a good spell from Villa, who for once do not look like relegation fodder. They have their visitors rattled.
Agbonlahor gets beyond Evra on the Villa right - he crosses low but the ball scoots past Benteke who is around the penalty spot.
It has been a brisk start, although neither side has come close to opening the scoring. But Paul Lambert promised to take the game to United and Villa are trying to do just that.
Benteke is onside on the left side of the box and gets a shot away from the angle... it is blocked but that was slack defending from the visitors. Rio Ferdinand is convinced Benteke was offside - he's wrong.
Now Villa come clear with Weimann, who has space to run through the middle. He looks for Ireland to his right, but dallies over the pass and United win it back.
Rooney tries a shot from the edge of the box, but Vlaar is right on top of him to charge it down.
A good noise inside Villa Park. The fans are already losing patience with Paul Lambert but there are noisily behind the team this afternoon.
De Gea's iffy clearance luckily finds Scholes, who lays it off to Young with a gorgeous touch.
Ireland tries to thread a through ball to Weimann but Scholes is back to tidy up.
Vital challenge by Young! The corner results in a spot of head tennis inside the United box, and as the ball drops to Benteke, Young comes flying in with a crucial tackle.
Patrice Evra wears a shot in the face and the physios check him out for residual grogginess after the ball goes out for a corner.
In previous seasons there has been something of a (mid-market tabloid-enhanced) kerfuffle about Manchester United not wearing embroidered poppies on their shirts - this year they have them.
Ashley Young shoots wide from 25 yards before the Villa fans serenade him with a not very nice chant.
United have started on the front foot - not altogether surprising against a Villa side with two wins from their first eight games.
Ashley Young, whose every touch is booed, tees up Carrick who has a shot blocked - the ball falls to Valencia whose effort is deflected for a corner.
It will be interesting to see how Chris Smalling gets on in his first game of the season. He showed signs of being potentially very good last season - interspersed with moments of something rather less impressive.
Away we go! Aston Villa kick off, playing from left to right as we see it. They are in claret and blue shirts, white shorts and light blue socks. United are in their change strip - white shirts, black shorts, white socks.
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A couple of idiot shouts aside, it's a well-observed silence - and we are ready for some football!
As members of the armed forces line the pitch, we have a minute's silence ahead of Remembrance Sunday tomorrow.
Paul Scholes makes only his fifth PL start of the season. He has been on the winning side in 18 of his previous 25 PL matches against Aston Villa, losing only once.
Paul Lambert: "The onus is always on the home team will be make the running because of the amount of people that come and drive you on. Manchester United are top side but equally so you don’t want to buried in your own half for 90 minutes so you have to try do something in the game. We have to go impose ourselves on the game and try and win."
Alex Ferguson on the job confronting Paul Lambert: "It is a daunting task as Villa are not where everyone expects them to be. Paul Lambert has done well as a manager and is still young. But it does take time to change teams and you wonder if the managers changing has a big effect on the playing standards of the team because they have had quite a collection over the years."
Only Steven Gerrard (5) has scored more goals against Manchester United since August 2006 in the Premier League than Gabriel Agbonlahor (4).
Wayne Rooney has failed to score seven of the 20 penalties that he has taken in the Premier League (35%).
Since the “You’ll never win anything with kids” opening day win by Villa over Man Utd in August 1995, Villa have failed to score in 11 of their 16 Premier League home games against Man Utd.
Aston Villa make one change from the side that won at Sunderland last week. Enda Stevens comes in for Joe Bennett who left that game after only 11 minutes.
Rafael, Rio Ferdinand , Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick Robin van Persie and Ashley Young all come into the United side from the team that beat Braga. Chris Smalling starts his second game in a week with Jonny Evans out with a knock.
TEAMS: ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Stevens, Westwood, Bannan, Ireland, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke. SUBS: Given, Albrighton, Holman, Delph, El Ahmadi, Bowery, Williams. /// MAN UTD: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Smalling, Ferdinand, Carrick, Scholes, Valencia, Young, Van Persie, Rooney. SUBS: Anderson, Lindegaard, Hernandez, Welbeck, Cleverley, Fletcher, Buttner.