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Man Utd   0 - 1   Aston Villa

Agbonlahor (far left) heads Villa in front after 21 minutes
Agbonlahor (far left) heads Villa in front after 21 minutes

By Ian Hughes

Aston Villa ended a 26-year wait to beat Manchester United in the league at Old Trafford as they moved up to third place in the Premier League.

Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the winner, heading in from Ashley Young's cross.

Wayne Rooney's shot smashed against the underside of the bar as United hit back, while Ryan Giggs also went close.

Nemanja Vidic had a header cleared off the line and Brad Friedel superbly denied Dimitar Berbatov as Villa clung on to claim an historic win.

The last time Villa beat United was in 1999, in a league cup match, and it is the first time that Villa have claimed all three points against Sir Alex Ferguson's men at Old Trafford in a run stretching back to 1983.

Not only will United be bitterly disappointed by the loss, their fourth of the season and first at home, it also came after leaders Chelsea had surprisingly dropped points at home to Everton earlier in the day.

Instead of United drawing level with Chelsea at the top of the table, it is Martin O'Neill's side who are this week's significant movers, leapfrogging Tottenham and Arsenal.

And Villa secured their 100th Premier League win away from home in style by blending pace and power, and a resolute backline.

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Right from the start, Villa looked absolutely determined to end their dismal record against United.

Two successive corners in the opening seconds signalled Villa's attacking intent and they continued that approach throughout, and not for one second were they overawed.

They also might have felt they had a point to prove, as talk has been largely of Manchester City and Tottenham breaking into the top four.

Yet Villa are fast maturing into a team that is capable of challenging the status quo, with the likes of Young and Agbonlahor a real menace up front.

The pair combined superbly to set up what proved to be Villa's winner, when Agbonlahor played the ball out wide to Young, whose return cross was headed in by the striker who had continued his run into the box.

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If the goal may have been in part down to Darren Fletcher's unfamiliarity with the right-back position, Agbonlahor is a familiar sight on the scoresheet against United, having notched against them in the last four season.

Before that United had threatened, with Rooney involved in their best moves and most of the attacking coming down the left flank.

Rooney's deft header played in Antonio Valencia but the winger lacked the incisiveness to get a shot away, while Michael Carrick's shot from 20 yards brought a decent save from Friedel.

At the other end, Fletcher was dispossessed by Agbonlahor but his cross for Heskey was pushed away brilliantly by Tomasz Kuszack to prevent a certain goal.

Rooney, who moments before was booked for a clear dive in the area, went close to an equaliser when his excellent first touch gave him a shooting chance and he cracked his shot against the bar from six yards.

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United brought on Michael Owen for Ryan Giggs at the start of the second half, a bid to address the problem of Rooney's isolation up front.

Half-chances fell to Carrick and Rooney, who had a goal-bound shot blocked as Villa defended doggedly.

Rooney then tried to pay in Berbatov, who was called off the bench as United employed a three-man forward line, but the pass went astray.

Berbatov should have done much better when Owen picked him out with an accurate cross but the Bulgarian fluffed his volley.

Villa, pinned back in their own half, seemed to have ridden out the storm and looked comfortable for a while.

But then they needed a goal-line clearance from Downing to keep out Vidic's header and shortly after Freidel pulled off a magnificent save to deny Berbatov, whose low shot had been headed for the corner.

United's last chance to salvage something fell to Carrick, but it was not to be as he fired his effort wide.

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Saturday, 12 December 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 0-1 Aston Villa FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Agbonlahor 21

    Man Utd

    Substitutes

    Aston Villa

    Substitutes

    Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 75,130
    MAN UTD
    ASTON VILLA

    Possession

    • Man Utd 57%
    • Aston Villa 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Man Utd 9
    • Aston Villa 5

    Attempts off target

    • Man Utd 7
    • Aston Villa 3

    Corners

    • Man Utd 9
    • Aston Villa 4

    Fouls

    • Man Utd 4
    • Aston Villa 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:11 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+2:44 James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Free kick taken by Wayne Rooney.
    • 90:00+2:20 Booking Luke Young goes into the referee's book.
    • 90:00+1:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Stiliyan Petrov. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
    • 90:00+0:30 Michael Carrick has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 87:03 Centre by Wayne Rooney, James Collins makes a clearance.
    • 86:41 John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:03 Corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney.
    • 85:51 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Fantastic save by Brad Friedel.
    • 83:58 Centre by Nemanja Vidic, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:53 The referee penalises James Collins for handball. Wayne Rooney restarts play with the free kick. Shot from 20 yards by Darron Gibson.
    • 81:44 Wayne Rooney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by James Collins.
    • 80:25 Substitution Stewart Downing leaves the field to be replaced by Nigel Reo-Coker.
    • 79:36 Corner from the left by-line taken by Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic takes a shot. Clearance by Stewart Downing.
    • 79:26 Patrice Evra sends in a cross, blocked by Carlos Cuellar.
    • 76:59 Short corner taken by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line.
    • 75:59 Wayne Rooney takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 75:43 Centre by Antonio Valencia, Stewart Downing gets a block in.
    • 74:33 A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, James Collins gets a block in.
    • 73:24 Substitution John Carew replaces Emile Heskey.
    • 72:16 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney played to the near post.
    • 71:51 Shot by Darron Gibson cleared the crossbar.
    • 69:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Emile Heskey on Michael Carrick. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
    • 68:18 Inswinging corner taken by Wayne Rooney from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Stiliyan Petrov.
    • 68:10 The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.
    • 67:18 Substitution Darron Gibson is brought on as a substitute for Oliveira Anderson.
    • 66:00 Wes Brown challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Milner takes the free kick.
    • 65:30 Emile Heskey produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 63:24 Effort from the edge of the box by James Milner goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 61:46 Substitution Dimitar Berbatov joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ji-Sung Park.
    • 61:46 Substitution Stephen Warnock goes off and James Collins comes on.
    • 61:27 Shot by Wayne Rooney. Save made by Brad Friedel.
    • 60:39 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.
    • 58:33 Michael Carrick produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 57:44 Antonio Valencia takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Emile Heskey.
    • 57:18 Centre by Stephen Warnock, clearance by Wes Brown.
    • 56:20 Shot by Wayne Rooney from outside the box goes high over the target.
    • 55:14 Luke Young challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrice Evra.
    • 53:01 Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor from 20 yards. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 51:34 Centre by Stewart Downing, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • Correction - 48:38 Wayne Rooney has an effort at goal. Save by Brad Friedel.
    • 48:38 Lobbed right-footed shot by Wayne Rooney. Save made by Brad Friedel.
    • 47:58 Ashley Young delivers the ball, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Michael Owen on for Ryan Giggs.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:02 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 43:52 Ryan Giggs takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 42:02 Foul by Emile Heskey on Oliveira Anderson, free kick awarded. Oliveira Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 40:42 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
    • 39:35 The ball is delivered by Darren Fletcher, Effort from inside the area by Ryan Giggs misses to the left of the goal.
    • 36:17 Gabriel Agbonlahor has a drilled shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a comfortable save.
    • 32:13 Foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Antonio Valencia, free kick awarded. Darren Fletcher takes the free kick.
    • 32:07 A cross is delivered by Ashley Young, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
    • 31:59 The ball is swung over by James Milner, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
    • 31:13 Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing.
    • 31:02 Ashley Young sends in a cross, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
    • 29:41 Patrice Evra delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from 6 yards.
    • 29:22 Richard Dunne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney. Free kick taken by Wayne Rooney.
    • 27:23 Carlos Cuellar challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick.
    • 26:17 Patrice Evra sends in a cross.
    • 25:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Oliveira Anderson. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
    • 25:03 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the right by-line, Richard Dunne takes a shot. Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.
    • 24:22 Booking Wayne Rooney goes into the referee's book.
    • 22:39 Shot by Michael Carrick. Save by Brad Friedel.
    • 22:00 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Emile Heskey.
    • 20:48 The assist for the goal came from Ashley Young.
    • 20:48 GOAL - Gabriel AgbonlahorMan Utd 0 - 1 Aston Villa Gabriel Agbonlahor finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Man Utd 0-1 Aston Villa.
    • Correction - 20:42 Ashley Young sends in a cross,
    • 20:42 Centre by Ashley Young,
    • Correction - 20:41 Assist by Ashley Young.
    • Correction - 20:41 GOAL - Gabriel AgbonlahorMan Utd 0 - 1 Aston Villa Gabriel Agbonlahor scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Man Utd 0-1 Aston Villa.
    • 19:34 Foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Oliveira Anderson, free kick awarded. Patrice Evra restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:18 Stewart Downing delivers the ball, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
    • 16:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Oliveira Anderson on Stiliyan Petrov. Direct free kick taken by Luke Young.
    • 14:43 Foul by James Milner on Michael Carrick, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
    • 12:56 Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.
    • 12:30 Oliveira Anderson sends in a cross, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance.
    • 10:38 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance.
    • 9:03 The ball is crossed by Ji-Sung Park, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
    • 5:36 Effort from outside the penalty area by Emile Heskey goes wide left of the target.
    • 5:01 The ball is swung over by James Milner, clearance by Wes Brown.
    • 4:38 The ball is crossed by Oliveira Anderson, Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.
    • 3:53 Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Luke Young results in a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
    • 3:29 Foul by Carlos Cuellar on Ryan Giggs, free kick awarded. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:08 The ball is sent over by Ashley Young, Tomasz Kuszczak makes a comfortable save.
    • 2:24 Emile Heskey fouled by Wes Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Stiliyan Petrov restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:45 Ashley Young takes a short corner.
    • 0:16 Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Michael Carrick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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