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Man Utd   3 - 1   Aston Villa

Wayne Rooney
Striker Rooney took his tally to six goals for the season with his first-half double

By Mandeep Sanghera

Wayne Rooney scored twice to help Manchester United maintain their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a win over Aston Villa.

Rooney opened the scoring emphatically within a minute with a powerful strike that followed sublime control.

He then sidefooted home an inviting Nani cross on the stoke of half-time.

Darren Bent slotted in a Stewart Downing cross to give Villa hope but that was ended when defender Nemanja Vidic thumped in United's third.

United, like Rooney, have been accused of not being at their best this season but there could be no such criticisms of either in this match as the Red Devils equalled a club record run of 29 games unbeaten in the Premier League.

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Although the Midlanders, who had beaten United 1-0 at Old Trafford last season, briefly rallied after Bent's goal, they were comprehensively brushed aside.

Rooney had scored only two times in the league ahead of the game and, despite worries over the his lack of goals, his manager Sir Alex Ferguson said he was satisfied with the striker's overall contribution.

Ferguson kept faith in Rooney, even though Javier Hernandez had scored two goals in as many games to stake a claim for a first-team spot, and his decision was justified after only 54 seconds.

United keeper Edwin van der Sar was the unlikely provider as his quickly taken free-kick found Rooney, who had got ahead of last defender Richard Dunne, and the forward brilliantly controlled a ball coming from over his shoulder before powering a shot past Brad Friedel.

The goal gave the Old Trafford side an early grip on the game and they rarely relinquished their stranglehold as they passed with poise and defended with discipline.

Villa struggled to find a way through United and a lack of accuracy to their passing only compounded their frustrations, with Bent mistiming an effort during a rare opening for them.

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The home side were professionally going about their business and were denied a spot-kick when Dunne clumsily barged Nani off the the ball.

It was a challenge very similar to Rafael Da Silva's on Blackpool's Luke Varney when United also escaped giving away a penalty in a recent game.

United did not dwell on the decision and Nani had a left-foot piledriver fended wide by Friedel, who is now the oldest player in Villa's history at 39 years and 259 days.

Friedel again had to save as he parried a Patrice Evra shot before gathering the ball after the left-back had been put through by Ryan Giggs.

Giggs was voted United's greatest player in a recent poll and even at 37 his closing down of the opposition and tracking back was an example to his team-mates.

The more glamorous qualities usually associated with him are skill and pace and he used those to race on to a ball across him and dummy a defender before having a right-foot shot saved.

United's threat eventually brought them a goal when Rooney ran on to Nani's delicious inswinging cross to slot in at the far post.

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Ferguson's side may have been in control but they have squandered points from such positions previously this season and, when an unmarked Bent slotted in after 58 minutes, United's boss had reason for concern as the visitors showed signs of launching a comeback.

However, those fears for the Red Devils were quickly dispelled as Rooney laid the ball off to centre-back Nemanja Vidic and he drove in a curling shot from just inside the area.

A curling Ashley Young shot hit the crossbar with Van der Sar beaten as Villa tried to work their way back into the game.

But, that aside, it was United who carried the greater threat - Berbatov blazed high and Friedel excellently kept efforts from Nani and Rooney at bay as the Old Trafford outfit secured a 12th home win in 13 league games so far this season.

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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Rooney 1
  • Rooney 45+1
  • Vidic 63
  • Bent 58

Man Utd

Substitutes

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 75,256
MAN UTD
ASTON VILLA

Possession

  • Man Utd 50%
  • Aston Villa 50%

Attempts on target

  • Man Utd 11
  • Aston Villa 5

Attempts off target

  • Man Utd 7
  • Aston Villa 4

Corners

  • Man Utd 5
  • Aston Villa 5

Fouls

  • Man Utd 6
  • Aston Villa 6
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:36 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+2:18 Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line, save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 90:00+1:24 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 90:00+0:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Michael Carrick. Kyle Walker takes the free kick.
  • 88:05 Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 87:03 Ashley Young takes a outswinging corner.
  • 85:59 Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 85:08 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
  • 83:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Collins by Dimitar Berbatov. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:40 Dimitar Berbatov produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 83:17 Luis Nani takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 79:25 Substitution Nigel Reo-Coker replaces Stewart Downing.
  • 78:17 Shot from just outside the area by Luis Nani goes over the bar.
  • 73:49 Substitution (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Gabriel Agbonlahor coming on for Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 72:28 Ashley Young is caught offside. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
  • 70:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Ciaran Clark. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
  • 69:44 Ashley Young takes a shot.
  • 68:58 Ryan Giggs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing. Free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 68:58 Substitution Emile Heskey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marc Albrighton.
  • 68:32 Luis Nani takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
  • 68:23 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
  • 66:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Carrick on Stiliyan Petrov. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 65:12 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, Richard Dunne produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
  • 64:33 Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Blocked by Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 62:54 Assist by Wayne Rooney.
  • 62:54 GOAL - Nemanja VidicMan Utd 3 - 1 Aston Villa A goal is scored by Nemanja Vidic from the edge of the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa.
  • 62:18 Ryan Giggs takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Darren Bent makes a clearance.
  • 61:34 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luis Nani.
  • 61:02 Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
  • 59:49 Ciaran Clark challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luis Nani takes the direct free kick.
  • 59:28 Patrice Evra fouled by Jean Makoun, the ref awards a free kick. Oliveira Anderson takes the free kick.
  • 59:08 Michael Carrick takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 57:57 Assist by Stewart Downing.
  • 57:57 GOAL - Darren BentMan Utd 2 - 1 Aston Villa Darren Bent scores a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa.
  • 57:38 The offside flag is raised against Wayne Rooney. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 55:05 John O'Shea challenges Marc Albrighton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Young fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 52:27 Oliveira Anderson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jean Makoun.
  • 51:24 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
  • 50:32 The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Bent. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
  • 49:22 Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line played to the near post, Darren Bent makes a clearance.
  • 48:07 Ryan Giggs is ruled offside. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.
  • 45:16 Ryan Giggs takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Richard Dunne.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:40 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+0:16 Assist on the goal came from Luis Nani.
  • 45:00+0:16 GOAL - Wayne RooneyMan Utd 2 - 0 Aston Villa Wayne Rooney scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Aston Villa.
  • 43:47 The assistant referee signals for offside against Richard Dunne. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 43:19 Oliveira Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Makoun. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stewart Downing.
  • 39:31 Dimitar Berbatov produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 37:01 Patrice Evra has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • Correction - 33:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Walker on Patrice Evra. Nemanja Vidic restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 33:40 Substitution Darren Fletcher leaves the field to be replaced by Oliveira Anderson.
  • 33:40 Kyle Walker challenges Patrice Evra unfairly and gives away a .
  • 33:40 Substitution Darren Fletcher leaves the field to be replaced by Oliveira Anderson.
  • 29:22 Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 27:16 Unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Darren Bent results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 24:21 The referee blows for offside. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 24:03 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Rio Ferdinand gets a block in.
  • 24:03 Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Rio Ferdinand gets a block in.
  • 21:31 Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
  • 21:15 Luis Nani takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 19:45 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ashley Young.
  • 17:46 Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 15:43 Wayne Rooney crosses the ball, Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 15:15 The offside flag is raised against Wayne Rooney. Indirect free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 13:58 The referee blows for offside against Darren Bent. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
  • 9:35 Darren Bent takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
  • 8:09 Centre by Wayne Rooney, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
  • 5:40 Luis Nani produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 3:40 Foul by Richard Dunne on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
  • 0:54 Assist by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 0:54 GOAL - Wayne RooneyMan Utd 1 - 0 Aston Villa Wayne Rooney finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa.
  • 0:41 The referee gives a free kick against Marc Albrighton for handball. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:12 The referee blows for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. James Collins takes the indirect free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Barclays Premier League results

1 Feb 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 1 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 24 32 54
2 Arsenal 24 27 49
3 Man City 24 17 45
4 Chelsea 24 25 44
5 Tottenham 23 6 38
6 Sunderland 25 2 37
7 Liverpool 24 0 32
8 Blackburn 24 -6 31
9 Newcastle 23 3 30
10 Stoke 23 0 30
11 Bolton 24 -1 30
12 Blackpool 23 -7 28
13 Aston Villa 25 -15 28
14 Everton 24 -3 27
15 Fulham 24 -1 26
16 West Brom 24 -14 26
17 Birmingham 22 -10 23
18 Wigan 25 -19 23
19 Wolves 23 -17 21
20 West Ham 24 -19 21

see also
Rooney expects Chelsea challenge
02 Feb 11 |  Premier League
Man Utd were brilliant - Houllier
01 Feb 11 |  Aston Villa
Lawro's predictions
02 Feb 11 |  Football
Nani proud of Man Utd unbeaten run
01 Feb 11 |  Manchester United
Tuesday football as it happened
01 Feb 11 |  Football
Tuesday's football photos
01 Feb 11 |  Football


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