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Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

United have a bad record in games immediately following European ties, yet against Villa it was the crowd who were still hung over. After exhausting trips to Nantes a lot of the United faithful could simply not find the energy for another morning kick off. (see Nantes away fans view report for details)

The players, however, looked fresh and passed the ball around well. Most notable was Veron who for 25 mins controlled the game superbly and showed why he is a class player. There were few clear chances in the first half, Ruud missed a one on one that he should have buried, and Villa offered little to the game. At half time 0-0 seemed a reasonable score.

United started brightly in the second half and it was not long before Ruud was on queue yet again to roll the ball into the net. There really is something special about him, he is a born winner.

As the game went on United took control of the game ansd passed the ball around with ease. Villa rarely looked a threat, with the exception of a great run from Darius Vassel. The final whistle went and it was 3 points, a clean sheet, and an injury free game. Results like these win championships, now roll on the return leg with Nantes.

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