Aston Villa 1 Man United 1

Radamel Falcao

As­ton Vil­la 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Vil­la Park, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Dec­ember 20, 2014. Man­chester Uni­ted came from be­ing a goal down at ha­lf-time to earn them­selves a 1-1 draw ag­ainst As­ton Vil­la. The Birm­ing­ham club went in­to the lead on eight­een min­utes thanks to a fine ef­fort by Chris­ti­an Ben­teke be­fore Colom­bia in­ter­na­tion­al Ra­damel Fal­cao lev­elled for Uni­ted wi­th a head­er from a just few yards out eight min­utes in­to the sec­ond period.

In their pre­vi­ous six Pre­mier Lea­gue fix­tures, Man­chester Uni­ted had de­feated Crys­tal Pal­ace 1-0, Ar­senal 2-1, Hull City 3-0, Sto­ke City 2-1, South­ampton 2-1, and Liver­pool 3-0, but they had their win­ning streak stopped fol­low­ing an ac­tion packed and hard fou­ght 1-1 draw ag­ainst Paul Lambert´s As­ton Vil­la at Vil­la Park. Even tho­ugh Man­chester Uni­ted dom­in­ated the pos­ses­sion of the ball for large parts of the fir­st frame, the vis­it­ing si­de were un­able to turn their dom­in­ance in­to goals, and in­stead it was The Claret and Blue Army who fou­nd the back of the net when for­mer Genk and Stand­ard Liege front­man Chris­ti­an Ben­teke power­ed a left-footed strike which be­at Spain in­ter­na­tion­al goal­keeper Da­vid de Gea in the eight­eenth min­ute of the ga­me in Birm­ing­ham. Louis van Gaal´s Pre­miership title chal­lengers ev­entually ma­naged to level the score thro­ugh a clo­se ran­ge head­er from Colom­bi­an at­tack­er Ra­damel Fal­cao eight min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val, and just twelve min­utes la­ter in the Pre­mier Lea­gue en­counter, Birm­ing­ham born As­ton Vil­la wing­er Gab­riel Ag­bon­lahor was giv­en his march­ing or­ders by ref­er­ee Lee Ma­son for a tough chal­lenge on for­mer Vil­la Park team­mate Ash­ley Young, but Man­chester Uni­ted failed to con­vert the ad­vant­age of hav­ing one more man on the field in­to any goals. As­ton Vil­la Te­am: Brad Guz­an, Aly Cis­sokho, Matt Low­ton, Jores Okore, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Fa­bi­an Delph, Car­los San­chez, Andi Wei­mann, Gabby Ag­bon­lahor, Chris­ti­an Ben­teke. Sub­stitutes: Shay Giv­en, Ric­cardo Calder, Le­andro Ba­cuna, Chris Herd, Charles N’Zo­g­bia, Jack Greal­ish, Cal­lum Robin­son. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Phil Jones, Mi­chael Car­rick, Jon­ny Evans, Ju­an Ma­ta, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Robin van Per­sie, Ash­ley Young, An­tonio Va­lencia, Way­ne Roo­ney, Ra­damel Fal­cao. Sub­stitutes: An­ders Linde­gaard, Ra­fael da Silva, Tyler Black­ett, Pad­dy McNair, An­gel Di Mar­ia, Ad­nan Janu­zaj, Ja­mes Wilson.

 

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Man­chester Uni­ted be­at As­ton Vil­la 3-0 in a Pre­miership fix­ture at Vil­la Park on the 15th of Dec­ember 2013 wi­th a fir­st ha­lf brace by Dan­ny Wel­beck and a goal from Tom Clev­er­ley af­ter the break.

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