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Barclays Premier League

Saturday, 20 December 2014,

Aston Villa
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Man United
  • Kickoff: 16:00 BST
  • Stadium: Villa Park
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  • Stadium: Villa Park
  • Attendance: 41,273
  • 18' Christian Benteke
  • 65' Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • 53' Radamel Falcao

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Van Gaal won't rush Falcao decision

Louis van Gaal will not make a call on Radamel Falcao's future until the striker has an extended run in the Manchester United first team.

Despite a difficult, injury-hit start to life at Old Trafford, Falcao this week spelled out his desire to stay at the club beyond the end of the season.

The Colombian, who is on a season-long loan from Monaco, says he is settled in Manchester and happy at the club despite scoring just once in eight appearances.

Van Gaal will not be rushed into making a decision on whether to exercise his right to sign the player in a B£43.5million deal though.

The United manager wants the former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker to prove his fitness and form first.

"He hasn't played so much," Van Gaal said when asked about the possibility of signing Falcao.

"You cannot see too much of a player if he doesn't train so much.

"He has been injured a lot of time. First you have to be fit.

"Now he shows fitness in the training sessions so maybe I shall select him (for Saturday's game at Aston Villa), maybe for the bench or the line up. Let's wait and see."

Falcao's last start came on October 5 when he scored his one and only goal for the club against Everton.

Van Gaal fielded teenage striker James Wilson ahead of the two-time Ballon d'Or nominee for last week's 3-0 win over Liverpool.

Van Gaal also endured a difficult start to life in England, but his team have turned a corner of late.

The win over Liverpool kept United in third position, eight points shy of leaders Chelsea.

United may have won six successive games, but so far their performances have not been up to scratch, Van Gaal admits.

Sir Alex Ferguson made a habit of winning titles on the back of occasionally scrappy displays, but Van Gaal, ever the perfectionist, wants to see performances as well as results.

"I am not only focused on results," said the Dutchman, who has won leagues in Holland, Spain and Germany.

"When I speak with Sir Alex (about playing badly and still winning), he says, 'It's not any problem, you have won', but for me it's also the performances that are very important because when you perform you shall win more and that's what I want to show to the fans.

"When you win six times in a row then the confidence is rising, but I am still looking for a game that is closer to the perfect game than we have given until now."

Van Gaal said British record signing Angel di Maria could return from a hamstring injury at Aston Villa.

"Maybe I shall select him on the bench or in the team. There's one training session to go," Van Gaal said of the B£59.7million signing, who has missed the last three games.

Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out through illness.

Villa boss Paul Lambert believes United can still win the Barclays Premier League title this season despite a poor start to the campaign.

Van Gaal's side are clearly outsiders to lift the trophy after the Dutch coach's bedding-in period left them eight points behind leaders Chelsea, who are fighting it out with Manchester City at the top.

United have looked suspect in defence for much of the season so far but recent signs of improvement have convinced Lambert they should not be written off.

"They might not be able to lose many more games if they are going to win the title but they're certainly in with a shout," said the Villa boss.

"It is still a brilliant club with great players. The players they have brought in, there are not many teams in world football who can do that. They're a really good side."

The Red Devils have now won six matches in a row to significantly close the gap between themselves and their two rivals and now look a lot healthier than they did under David Moyes last season.

"Just because they've changed managers doesn't change my thinking of that football club," Lambert added.

"Chelsea and City have lost less games. But if United don't win it they will certainly have a big say in who does.

"If we win tomorrow it's good for us, that's the most important thing. We have to win for ourselves, it's got nothing to do with stopping United."

Villa will be without three players through suspension when they welcome Van Gaal's side.

On-loan Tom Cleverley, who would not have been allowed to play against his parent club anyway, is banned alongside Alan Hutton and Kieran Richardson.

Ashley Westwood (knee), Joe Cole (hamstring), Philippe Senderos (calf) and Nathan Baker (knee) are all injured, but captain Ron Vlaar and midfielder Fabian Delph are available after both returned from injury last weekend.

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End Regular Time

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End Regular Time

91'+2

Attempt saved. James Wilson (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

91'+2

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 93'

91'+2

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 93'

91'+1

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 92'

91'+1

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Throw In at 92'

91'+1

Attempt saved. Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

91'+1

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 92'

91'

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 91'

91'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 91'

89'

Jores Okore (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 89'

89'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Free Kick at 89'

89'

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 89'

89'

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 89'

88'

Foul by Jonny Evans (Manchester United).

87'

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

87'

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 87'

86'

Tyler Blackett (Manchester United) Free Kick at 86'

86'

Offside, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna tries a through ball, but Charles N'Zogbia is caught offside.

84'

Phil Jones (Manchester United) Free Kick at 84'

84'

Offside, Aston Villa. Fabian Delph tries a through ball, but Charles N'Zogbia is caught offside.

82'

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 82'

81'

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

81'

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) Throw In at 81'

81'

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) Throw In at 81'

81'

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) Throw In at 81'

80'

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 80'

80'

Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Aly Cissokho.

80'

Substitution, Aston Villa. Charles N'Zogbia replaces Andreas Weimann.

79'

Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

78'

Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 78'

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Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

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Ángel Di María (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 78'

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Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

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Michael Carrick (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 78'

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Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

76'

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 76'

75'

Brad Guzan

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Tyler Blackett

75'

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74'

Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 74'

74'

Substitution, Manchester United. James Wilson replaces Antonio Valencia.

72'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

71'

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 71'

71'

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Wayne Rooney.

71'

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71'

Attempt blocked. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

71'

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 71'

70'

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

70'

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 70'

68'

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

68'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 68'

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Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Falcao.

68'

Radamel Falcao (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 68'

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Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 68'

67'

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa).

67'

Tyler Blackett (Manchester United) Free Kick at 67'

65'

Gabriel Agbonlahor

65'

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

64'

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

64'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 64'

64'

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

64'

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 64'

64'

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 64'

63'

Attempt saved. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jores Okore.

63'

Jores Okore (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 63'

63'

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 63'

62'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Throw In at 62'

62'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 62'

61'

Substitution, Manchester United. Ángel Di María replaces Robin van Persie.

61'

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa).

60'

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 60'

60'

Offside, Manchester United. Michael Carrick tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

59'

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 59'

59'

Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Throw In at 58'

58'

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 58'

58'

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 58'

58'

Juan Mata (Manchester United) Free Kick at 58'

57'

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57'

Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 57'

57'

Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

55'

Radamel Falcao (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 55'

55'

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Falcao.

55'

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Young.

55'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 55'

53'

1 - 1

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 1. Falcao (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

53'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 53'

53'

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) Free Kick at 53'

53'

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52'

Attempt saved. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

52'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 52'

51'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 51'

50'

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 50'

50'

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a through ball.

50'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 50'

50'

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Falcao.

50'

Radamel Falcao (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 50'

48'

Attempt missed. Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross following a corner.

48'

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 48'

48'

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David de Gea.

48'

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 48'

48'

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross.

48'

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 48'

47'

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Phil Jones.

47'

Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

47'

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 47'

47'

Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 47'

46'

Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 46'

46'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 46'

46'

Second Half begins Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 0.

46'

Substitution, Manchester United. Tyler Blackett replaces Darren Fletcher.

46'+1

Halftime

46'

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) Free Kick at 46'

46'

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

45'

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 45'

44'

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

44'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 44'

44'

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 44'

43'

Attempt missed. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

42'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Carlos Sánchez.

42'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Corner Kick at 42'

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Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 41'

41'

Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 41'

41'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 41'

40'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 40'

37'

Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 37'

36'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 36'

33'

Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlos Sánchez.

33'

Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 33'

32'

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 32'

31'

Offside, Manchester United. Phil Jones tries a through ball, but Falcao is caught offside.

29'

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 29'

29'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 29'

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Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) Throw In at 28'

27'

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 27'

27'

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 27'

26'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Blocked Pass at 26'

26'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 26'

25'

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

24'

Attempt saved. Falcao (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robin van Persie with a through ball.

24'

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 24'

21'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Free Kick at 21'

21'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 21'

20'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 20'

18'

1 - 0

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 0. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner following a set piece situation.

18'

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 18'

17'

Foul by Darren Fletcher (Manchester United).

16'

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

16'

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 16'

16'

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 16'

15'

Attempt blocked. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Falcao with a headed pass.

15'

Radamel Falcao (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 15'

15'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 15'

12'

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 12'

12'

Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).

12'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 12'

11'

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) Free Kick at 11'

11'

Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7'

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 7'

7'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Throw In at 7'

5'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 5'

3'

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) Throw In at 3'

2'

Attempt missed. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

2'

Ashley Young (Manchester United) Assists Shot at 2'

1'

First Half begins.

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Possession

35%
65%
  • Aston Villa
  • Manchester United

Shots

10
16

Shots on target

4
9

Fouls

9
10

Corners

3
9

Yellow Cards

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1

Red Cards

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0

Head to Head

Aston Villa1 - 1Man United
Man United4 - 1Aston Villa
Aston Villa0 - 3Man United
Man United3 - 0Aston Villa
Aston Villa2 - 3Man United
Man United4 - 0Aston Villa

Aston Villa

  • 1Brad Guzan
  • 23Aly Cissokho
  • -> Leandro Bacuna
  • 5Jores Okore
  • 34Matthew Lowton
  • 6Ciaran Clark
  • 4Ron Vlaar
  • 20Christian Benteke
  • 10Andreas Weimann
  • -> Charles N'Zogbia
  • 16Fabian Delph
  • 24Carlos Sánchez
  • 11Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • Subs
  • 17Chris Herd
  • 39Riccardo Calder
  • 37Callum Robinson
  • 40Jack Grealish
  • 31Shay Given

Man United

  • 1David De Gea
  • 4Phil Jones
  • 6Jonathan Evans
  • 25Antonio Valencia
  • -> James Wilson
  • 8Juan Mata
  • 18Ashley Young
  • 20Robin van Persie
  • -> Ángel Di María
  • 24Darren Fletcher
  • -> Tyler Blackett
  • 9Radamel Falcao
  • 16Michael Carrick
  • 10Wayne Rooney
  • Subs
  • 13Anders Lindegaard
  • 33Patrick McNair
  • 2Rafael
  • 11Adnan Januzaj

Falcao scores but Manchester United held by 10-man Aston Villa

Radamel Falcao clinched a 1-1 draw for Manchester United as 10-man Aston Villa ended their winning run.

The Colombian scored just his second United goal, cancelling out Christian Benteke's beautiful opener for the hosts.

Gabby Agbonlahor's controversial red card - after a 50-50 challenge with Ashley Young - forced Villa to play the final 25 minutes with 10 men, but they held on to end United's six-game winning streak and earn a deserved point.

Falcao had been recalled with James Wilson dropped while midfielder Darren Fletcher returned for the ill Marouane Fellaini.

Depleted Aston Villa recalled Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph after their lay-offs to combat suspensions.

Delph had not started since dislocating his shoulder in October while Vlaar had been out for over a month with a calf problem, but they replaced the suspended Kieran Richardson and Tom Cleverley, while Andi Weimann came in for Charles N'Zogbia and Matt Lowton was recalled for the banned Alan Hutton.

The changes made Villa stronger but United bossed the opening stages with the hosts unable to break out of their half.

It took 17 minutes for the visitors to force Brad Guzan into action, though, when he got down low to gather Robin van Persie's angled volley.

But despite their territorial domination United found themselves behind after 18 minutes thanks to a piece of Benteke brilliance.

Delph lofted in a free-kick to the Belgian striker who took it on his chest, made a fool of Jonny Evans and curled a wonderful effort into the top corner from 16 yards.

It was against the run of play but lifted Villa as United struggled to find creativity.

Guzan palmed away Young's cross but Louis van Gaal's side did not do enough to break Paul Lambert's men down.

Plenty of possession but little penetration meant the hosts were able to quell any United threat with a degree of ease.

Fletcher was replaced at the break by Tyler Blackett but United were almost 2-0 down when David de Gea superbly turned Benteke's powerful header over two minutes after the re-start.

United needed an extra gear and almost found it when Wayne Rooney's brilliant pass found Van Persie but Guzan was equal to his shot.

But they deservedly levelled after 53 minutes through Falcao, who thumped a header past Guzan from Young's cross.

It had been coming and Van Persie's acrobatic volley flew over as United looked to take full control.

Villa's task then got even harder in the 65th minute when Agbonlahor was harshly sent off.

The striker chased a loose ball with Young and caught his former team-mate in a 50-50 challenge.

It looked an unavoidable collision in midfield but referee Lee Mason produced a shock red card for the Villa man.

It was Villa's second red card in two games - but they rarely looked like conceding after that.

Jores Okore cleared Michael Carrick's goalbound header with 13 minutes left as resolute Villa refused to buckle and Leandro Bacuna fired just over with four minutes remaining.

And in stoppage time Benteke was inches away from Bacuna's cross as Villa nearly snatched victory at the death.




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