Aston Villa 0 Man United 2
Aston Villa 0 Manchester United 2, Villa Park, English Premier League, May 15, 2004. FA Cup finalist Manchester United picked up a 2-0 triumph against Aston Villa at Villa Park as Sir Alex Ferguson´s men punished The Villains with two quick goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy in the fourth and tenth minutes of the contest respectively.
Manchester United came into the away encounter with Aston Villa on the back of a hard fought 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Old Trafford where Ruud van Nistelrooy had scored for the home side and Jesper Gronkjaer for the West Londoners. At Villa Park, United found themselves a goal up in the fourth minute of the tie when Cristiano Ronaldo unleashed a well placed shot which flew past Villa netminder Thomas Sorensen and into the near bottom corner of the net, and a mere six minutes later Van Nistelrooy made it 2-0 to the rampant visitors with a fine close range finish. The Claret and Blue were a bit more aggressive in the second half and Colombian international Juan Pablo Angel came close to scoring for the Midlanders shortly after the restart, only to see his effort go wide. As the action proceeded, Manchester United were reduced to ten players with fifteen minutes remaining of the clash when hard playing midfielder Darren Fletcher was sent off by match official Rob Styles for a second yellow card, while Ronaldo was handed his marching orders for a second bookable offence some ten minutes later. But not even with a two-man advantage did the Black Country outfit threaten the Old Trafford defence, and no more goals were produced in the game. After defeating Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park in their final fixture of the 2003-04 Premier League campaign, The Red Devils finished the season in third place with 75 points collected from 38 matches played, as much as fifteen points adrift of Premiership Champions Arsenal, and four points behind runners-up Chelsea. Aston Villa Team: Thomas Sorensen, Jlloyd Samuel, Olof Mellberg, Gareth Barry, Ulises de la Cruz, Liam Ridgewell, Lee Hendrie, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Gavin McCann, Juan Pablo Angel, Peter Crouch. Substitutes: Dion Dublin, Peter Whittingham, Marcus Allback, Mark Delaney, Stefan Postma. Manchester United Team: Tim Howard, Gary Neville, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Mikael Silvestre, Phil Neville, Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy. Substitutes: Eric Djemba-Djemba, Louis Saha, Kleberson, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Roy Carroll.