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Aston Villa 1 United 4

Villa is a place of fond memories for most Reds. FA Cup semi final victories a plenty, the 3-2 comeback with Ruud, and numerous league victories. This year seemed like it might not go so well, however, as Villa are a much improved side and it would be a tough fixture.

At 1-0 down things did not look good. Villa looked dangerous coming forward and all our league rivals had already won earlier in the day. So queue Rooney and Tevez coming to life, inspiring the team to 3 quick goals, and turning the game on its head in 10 minutes. Stunning, fast, flamboyant and deadly football that we have lacked so far this season.

Half time came and the previous baiting by the Villa fans had turned into deadly silence. “This is so fucking easy” bellowed the United fans from the Doug Ellis stand as the teams left the pitch. Villa had no response. Under the stands United fans partied throughout half time in what was one of the craziest concourse atmospheres in recent times. As the goals were replayed on the screens, young Reds dance around singing at the top of their voices until the teams were back on the pitch.

The United team emerged and continued where it left off. Villa had no reply to United’s style and pace, and more goals were inevitable. It got even worse for Villa when 2 red cards and a penalty were given against them, and their saving grace was that Rooney missed the pen. It only inspired Rooney to play better though, and minutes later he smacked a shot against the crossbar. Giggs sealed the game against the 9 deflated men and there could have been more.

Ferguson rubbed salt in the wounds by bringing Ronaldo off the bench for the last 15 minutes. Imagine how their players must have felt at that moment. The Villa fans piled towards the exits before he even came on, with a pathetic rendition of Swing Low Sweet Chariot as they did. United replied with chants of Argentina, naturally.

This was a big win for United. Villa had been on a roll and had brushed
Chelsea aside only a few weeks before. We found ourselves a goal down without Ronaldo on the pitch and turned the game around with fantastic flowing football. After the last few games United are now back, high in confidence and scoring goals. Just what we wanted to see.

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  1. Gordon Padilla :: November 13th, 2008 1:13 am


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