Aston Villa and Manchester United have met in every Premier League season, but it’s the Red Devils who have dominated this fixture over the years, as these four memorable matches clearly suggest:
For all of their struggles under David Moyes, Man Utd actually possessed a very strong away record throughout last season, and comfortably had too much for Villa in December 2013, winning 3-0.
Danny Welbeck was quick to end the game as a contest, scoring twice in four first half minutes by slotting in a close range rebound and then firing home from an Antonio Valencia cross. The third was scored by Tom Cleverley, who finished confidently after being released into the penalty area by Wayne Rooney.
Most Emphatic Victory
That win last year was one of many comfortable United wins at Villa Park, but arguably none have been more emphatic than their 4-1 success in October 2007, where they fought back in devastating fashion after going behind early to a Gabriel Agbonlahor goal.
They went on to score three times in the final nine minutes of the first half to put themselves firmly in control, with Rio Ferdinand netting after Wayne Rooney’s brace. Villa crumbled in the second half as Nigel Reo-Coker and goalkeeper Scott Carson both saw red, and although Rooney missed the chance to complete his hat-trick when his penalty was saved, Ryan Giggs added the fourth on 75 minutes.
Nobody expected Paul Lambert’s struggling Villa side to overcome United in November 2012, but for so long it looked a distinct possibility as Andreas Weimann gave them a 2-0 cushion with a powerful shot from the edge of the box and a close range finish following a low cross.
But Javier Hernandez gave the visitors a route back into the match with a low shot past Brad Guzan, before his volley deflected in off Ron Vlaar for an own goal to leave Villa shell-shocked. And the Mexican was not finished, as with three minutes to go he sealed a memorable victory by heading in from Robin van Persie’s free-kick.
It was another routine win for United in the West Midlands when they visited in December 2006, but it was lit up by a goal of the highest quality by Paul Scholes, who volleyed in first-time from 25 yards after a Ryan Giggs corner was headed away.
That stunning strike came either side of two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo’s whose pace proved too much for Villa to handle in a one-sided affair.
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