Man United 4 Aston Villa 0

Wayne Rooney

Man­chester Uni­ted 4 As­ton Vil­la 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, April 15, 2012. Man­chester Uni­ted cruised to a 4-0 win ag­ainst As­ton Vil­la cour­tesy of a Way­ne Roo­ney double and a goal each from Dan­ny Wel­beck and Lu­is Nani. The res­ult meant that Uni­ted were still five points above Man­chester City wi­th four ga­mes to go un­til the end of the season.

Fol­low­ing a mor­ale-sap­ping 1-0 de­feat ag­ainst lowly pla­ced Wi­gan Ath­let­ic at DW Sta­dium in mid­week, Man­chester Uni­ted pre­pared to take on As­ton Vil­la at Old Traf­ford in their third last ho­me fix­ture of the 2011-12 term. In the re­verse meet­ing of the sea­son on the 3rd of Dec­ember 2011, The Reds had edged out As­ton Vil­la by a 1-0  mar­gin at Vil­la Park in a mat­ch they con­trolled from start to fin­ish. Af­ter suf­fer­ing an early blow wi­th in­jury to Mex­ic­an stri­ker Javi­er Her­nandez with­in the fir­st ten min­utes of the clash, Man­chester Uni­ted went ahead when sum­mer sign­ing Phil Jones con­ver­ted a well de­livered cross from in­form wing­er Lu­is Nani in the 20th min­ute of play to score his fir­st goal for his new club. Des­pite hav­ing sev­er­al play­ers in­jured, Uni­ted had non­ethe­less won eight of their pre­vi­ous ten Pre­miership en­coun­ters and were top­ping the ta­ble wi­th 79 points col­lec­ted from 33 mat­ches, five points ahead of Man­chester City in sec­ond spot. The Mid­landers, mean­while, had on­ly emer­ged vic­tori­ous in one of their last ten Pre­mier Lea­gue fix­tures and fou­nd them­selves 15th in the stand­ings wi­th 35 points won from 32 ga­mes, just six points clear of the re­leg­a­tion zone.

Dur­ing a one-sided con­test, Man­chester Uni­ted com­fort­ably dis­patched As­ton Vil­la at their own soil to keep their ex­cel­lent ho­me re­cord in­tact. Uni­ted were well on top through­out the ninety min­utes wi­th Al­ex McLeish´s Vil­la hav­ing little to of­fer in terms of at­tack­ing foot­ball. In the sixth min­ute of play, Re­pub­lic of Ire­land de­fender Ciaran Clark il­leg­ally bro­ught down Ash­ley Young in­side the box and Man­chester Uni­ted were giv­en a pen­alty which Way­ne Roo­ney sub­sequently con­ver­ted to make it 1-0. And wi­th on­ly a couple of min­utes re­maining of the fir­st ha­lf, the ho­me si­de doubled their lead as Pat­rice Ev­ra played the ball across the pen­alty area for Dan­ny Wel­beck to turn the ball in­to the back of the net. Man­chester Uni­ted con­tin­ued to dom­in­ate pos­ses­sion af­ter the re­sump­tion, and they were re­war­ded in the 73rd min­ute of ac­tion when Anon­tio Va­lencia passed the ball to the un­marked Roo­ney who ham­mered ho­me. And in the fi­nal min­ute of pro­ceed­ings, a bril­liant thro­ugh pass from North­ern Ire­land de­fender Jon­ny Evans fou­nd sec­ond ha­lf sub­sti­tute Nani who ma­naged to roll the ball un­der As­ton Vil­la cus­todi­an Shay Giv­en to make the fi­nal sco­reline 4-0 in fa­vour of Man­chester Uni­ted. And al­though it was a most im­press­ive win for Uni­ted, the mar­gins could have be­en even bet­ter. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Fa­bio da Silva, Jon­ny Evans, Rio Fer­dinand, Pat­rice Ev­ra, An­tonio Va­lencia, Paul Scho­les, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ash­ley Young, Way­ne Roo­ney, Dan­ny Wel­beck. Sub­stitutes: Ben Amos, Phil Jones, Tom Clev­er­ley, Ry­an Gig­gs, Lu­is Nani, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Javi­er Her­nandez. As­ton Vil­la Te­am: Shay Giv­en, Nat­han Baker, Alan Hut­ton, Eric Lichaj, Ja­mes Mi­chael Collins, Ciaran Clark, Ga­ry Gard­ner, Bar­ry Ban­nan, Steph­en Ire­land, Andi Wei­mann, Gabby Ag­bon­lahor. Sub­stitutes: Brad Guz­an, Car­los Cuel­lar, Samir Car­ruth­ers, Dan­iel John­son, Charles N’Zo­g­bia, Nat­han Delfoun­eso, Emile Heskey.

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