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Aston Villa tough test for United

United may not have had the best of weeks but the bookmakers make them a top priced 1.73 to bounce back and notch an away victory over Aston Villa and the stats suggest they will do just that.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s young guns were frustrated in their 1-1 draw with Newcastle last weekend, as Javier Hernandez’s opener was cancelled out by Demba Ba following a controversial penalty decision that the gaffer described as “shocking”.

They then slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Wednesday to bow out of the Carling Cup at the quarter-final stage, after which Ferguson apologised to supporters for the performance having rested several senior players and relied on inexperienced young blood to deliver the goods.

It will be back to the first-choice starting XI for the trip to Villa, and that should be enough for United to land odds of 1.73 with bet365, Betfred and Paddy Power and bag all three points.

The stats are certainly in United’s favour as far as this clash is concerned.

Villa have won none of their last 15 Premiership home games against United, drawing six and losing nine, and overall they have won just one of 31 meetings between the two sides.

United have also won 11 times at Villa Park in the PL, and with Rooney, Chicharito, Nani and Vidic all expected to start it would take a brave man to back against them not notching another win over Alex McLeish’s men.

I certainly expect them to prove too strong for the Villans, who have made their worst start to the season since 2005/06 and were very poor in their 0-0 draw at Swansea last weekend.

One player who will be relishing the game for United is Vidic, who scored in both matches against them last season.

He clearly likes netting against the claret and blues, and at a whopping price of 26 with bet365 and Paddy Power could be worth a small investment to pop up an net the opener.

You can also get 9.5 with bet365 about him scoring anytime during the 90 minutes, and that looks tempting given his record.

With Villa struggling to score I fancy United to win this to nil, and the 2.8 on offer with Paddy Power about that outcome looks huge.

I am going to take United to win 2-0 at a general price of 7.5, with a small saver on 3-0 at a standout 14 with Paddy Power.

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197 Comments

  1. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    Ya Canny dispute the Kuawality of JayTee, he is special like me….Hose-eh?

    (SAF/Rafa/Arry/Moore-inho)

  2. MG says:

    Goodnight MK12…

  3. WillieRedNut says:

    PACSTER is back from the dead! Fuck the East coast!!

  4. united.george says:

    @ Willie – 2PAC is Oaktown!!!

    Fuck the east coast…..of England!

  5. GoatinaUnitedShirt says:

    You lot do realise that John Terry is getting off scott free dont you. The FA have handed over the judging of the incident to the crown prosecution service and they will think about it. It will take a while then they will decide there is very little evidence or evidence that cannot be explained away. Then the FA will either
    1. Do fuck all claiming that it has gone through the appropriate channels and Terry cannot be charged through lack of evidence clearly shifting the blame of doing fuck all to the courts
    OR
    2. The FA impose a ban and Terry and his lawyers challenge it with the defence of – The courts couldnt find any evidence strong enough to prosecute terry so how come the FA can get away with dishing out an injust punishment. The FA will then remove the punishment, be seen to have tried to do something.

    The end result is, Terry will be “cleared” of wrong doing in time for Euro12, the FA will have saved face.

  6. WillieRedNut says:

    No way you could save his face. It’s dundered.

  7. WillieRedNut says:

    Belfast is magic. Dance capital. Fuck all hoes!!

  8. WillieRedNut says:

    Ashley Young, Ashley Young, Ashley Ashley Young! la la la la la la la la la la!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Villa will spark, with A Youngs Redness!

  9. MG says:

    Night Willie

    Night United

    19

  10. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    Alexander Fergie on Dwayne lack of Goals; http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/7348592/Fergie-retains-faith-in-Rooney

    “He had a great start, I think he is on 11 goals at the moment but he will score goals, there’s no question about that,” he said, adding that part of the reason is that Rooney has played in midfield for some of the time.
    ————————————————————
    On our form;

    “Our form last Saturday was excellent, we played as well as we have played all season.
    “We needed that little bit of luck around about the goalmouth – that would have made it a good result, as Newcastle have been playing really well.
    “We made so many chances we really should have won the game comfortably so I have no problems with that.”

    On Ash.Young;

    “From wider positions he’s very dangerous but we have never allowed him to take free-kicks from 25 yards out the way Becks did,” enthused the Scotsman.
    “Wazza or Ryan really dominate the free-kicks in those areas so he has not been given that opportunity, although at Villa he did do that.
    “He’s got to knock Wazza and the old man out of the road before he starts taking them!”
    “He had a fantastic season last year at Villa, you could see the maturity coming into his game and that’s the thing that attracted me most of all,” added Ferguson.
    “At 25 years of age, when we decided to go for him, he had maturity and could play in a variety of positions, wide on either side or behind the front players.
    “In that respect, we got quite an all-round footballer, a terrific crosser of the ball and his goal participation, his goal attempts have been quite good.
    “He had a hat-trick of chances against Newcastle, hit the post, one blocked near the line, one just past the post, that’s not a bad contribution for a wide player.”
    —————————————————————————————–

    Never did I think, the day would come that I would read Sir Alec say “Wazza” “Becks” “The old man (Ryan)”
    :lol: I doubt the reliablity of those exact words, perhaps the media put it in to simplify things for numpties….dunno really

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/7348592/Fergie-retains-faith-in-Rooney

  11. WillieRedNut says:

    Night MG. i’m fluent in vodka mate. :) Excuse my ramblings lol.

  12. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    Alexander Fergie on Dwayne’s lack of Goals; http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/7348592/Fergie-retains-faith-in-Rooney

    “He had a great start, I think he is on 11 goals at the moment but he will score goals, there’s no question about that,” he said, adding that part of the reason is that Rooney has played in midfield for some of the time.
    ————————————————————
    On our form;

    “Our form last Saturday was excellent, we played as well as we have played all season.
    “We needed that little bit of luck around about the goalmouth – that would have made it a good result, as Newcastle have been playing really well.
    “We made so many chances we really should have won the game comfortably so I have no problems with that.”

    On Ash.Young;

    “From wider positions he’s very dangerous but we have never allowed him to take free-kicks from 25 yards out the way Becks did,” enthused the Scotsman.
    “Wazza or Ryan really dominate the free-kicks in those areas so he has not been given that opportunity, although at Villa he did do that.
    “He’s got to knock Wazza and the old man out of the road before he starts taking them!”
    “He had a fantastic season last year at Villa, you could see the maturity coming into his game and that’s the thing that attracted me most of all,” added Ferguson.
    “At 25 years of age, when we decided to go for him, he had maturity and could play in a variety of positions, wide on either side or behind the front players.
    “In that respect, we got quite an all-round footballer, a terrific crosser of the ball and his goal participation, his goal attempts have been quite good.
    “He had a hat-trick of chances against Newcastle, hit the post, one blocked near the line, one just past the post, that’s not a bad contribution for a wide player.”
    —————————————————————————————–

    Never did I think, the day would come that I would read Sir Alec say “Wazza” “Becks” “The old man (Ryan)”
    :lol: I doubt the reliablity of those exact words, perhaps the media put it in to simplify things for numpties….dunno really

  13. WillieRedNut says:

    Rooney is shit at freekicks. Get A young on them!

  14. WillieRedNut says:

    Remember when you had to eat sardines for dinner? Red and Black lumberjack?

  15. WillieRedNut says:

    Got nothing left, so I choose to be a killa! Victory is a slow turn. Look, but don’t taste! Taste, but don’t like!

  16. Besty07 says:

    Have u been drinking?

  17. WillieRedNut says:

    Very perceptive. Give that man a Gold star!

  18. voice of reason says:

    When is Suarez going to get a ban? Not one to wish misfortune to others but that rat faced two timing diving cunt deserves every bit of it.

  19. WillieRedNut says:

    Besty07 – Have u ever wondered what was in that briefcase, in Pulp Fiction?

  20. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    Roy Keane on Paul Scholes “an amazingly gifted player who remained an unaffected human being.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKFuBWky3xU

    I miss Paul Scholes, everyday I watch something Scholes related. No one players retirement or departure has hurt so much. No Homo but I think I love Paul. I don’t enoy watching us win without Scholesy on the pitch pulling the strings.

    In my time as a Utd fan I’ve seen Cantona go,Schmeichel,Stam,Beckham,Ruud,Ronaldo,Ole & Red Nev…..but Paul Scholes, I miss him every matchday, I feel like we should have seen more of him.

    Cleverley brought me some happiness, but Scholes is one of a kind, his contribution to the sucess of Manchester United will never be forgotten, he is a God.

    :cry:

  21. Besty07 says:

    nope i would never open it

  22. voice of reason says:

    Good think brad Friedel is gone. Our wingers need to have a cracking game. Shay Given hesitance to come out from crosses we may nick something there.

    The soon to be conformed line up:
    De Gea
    Jones Smalling Vidic Evra
    Nani Carrick Fletcher Young
    Rooney Chicharito

  23. Fred says:

    voice of reason says: “Good think brad Friedel is gone.”

    Gone but not forgotten, voice. Gone but not forgotten. RIP Big Brad. :(

  24. Fred says:

    Who is Shay Given? A member of Westlife? Never mind him, our focus should be on Aston Villa tomorrow. 3 pts please, boys and girls.

  25. Fred says:

    Goodnight Seattle, we love you! 8)

  26. Besty07 says:

    voice of reason says: Jones wont be on the team

  27. WillieRedNut says:

    Papa Shango is a legend. 8)

  28. WillieRedNut says:

    I’ll be brief here………goodnight.

    ;)

  29. Besty07 says:

    Theres only 6 legends

  30. 90+UntilWeScore says:

    @Papii
    I miss seeing Scholes play. He was more than a footballer to me. Every week feels a wee bit different with no Scholes.

  31. marshawash says:

    Morning Reds! It’s matchday, cant really sleep.. Have a good feeling about this! 0-3 (rooney brace + chicha/young).. I had a dream..UNITED!!

  32. Raizzen says:

    We looked like struggling everytime against teams within Villa’s stature. Simply because our midfield is hollow. If this is gonna be a win, which I certainly hope so, its gonna be one of those hard-earned 1-0 win.

    Call it dodgy as you may, but comes May these wins that we have to scrape through, will carry us to the title.

    20 + Believe.

  33. koolburn says:

    United’s form of late has not been too encouraging. Most people would still remember how Manchester City tore United apart 6-1 at Old Trafford. Following that defeat, United won 5 straight games. I refuse to take the wins at face value though, because United beat mediocre oppositions in the form of Aldershot Town, Otelul Galati, Everton, Sunderland and Swansea City. After that 5-game run, United went on to draw their next three, 2-2 with Benfica and 1-1 with both Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. Against Palace, United lost in extra-time, and got chucked out of the Carling Cup in the process. Heart-breaking stuff right there for a United team that over the years have been quite breathtaking on all fronts. Aston Villa will look to seize this opportunity to topple United. The Villains have lost just 1 of their last 4 games in the League and that loss came away at White Hart Lane against Tottenham. At home, Villa have lost just 1 of 6 in the League this season, being that 1-2 reverse against West Brom. Going back to last season, Villa have lost just 1 of their last 10 in the League at Villa Park. They have every right to feel confident today. Villa welcome back captain Stiliyan Petrov from a hamstring problem, and that should prove a real booster for the home side in midfield. Emile Heskey will reach a milestone today as he cements his 500th Premier League appearance, becoming only the 6th player to hit that mark. For United, Dimitar Berbatov is out with an ankle injury so he joins Rafael and Fabio da Silva on the sidelines. All three played in midweek’s loss to Crystal Palace. Danny Wellbeck is doubtful for this one as he battles to be fit from a muscle strain. Get this! We are backing Aston Villa. Not only have the Villains been playing well at Villa Park, they have also been doing quite sweetly against United in recent times. The Villains have not lost to United in any of their last 3 meetings at Villa Park in the Premiership. With United struggling for form and seemingly missing that spark from midfield with Paul Scholes now gone, Villa have a chance here to do something memorable. The handicap on offer looks a solid proposition, and we should accept the generosity! Home side! Take United to draw

  34. smartalex says:

    Expect a solid game today. Surely we don’t want flashy.

    Villa 0:2 United

    Come on United!

  35. Sandeep1878 says:

    No matter whether we attack or not,

    we will be tight defensively…

    hope we continue our recent goof form of defending in the league…

    Villa 0 – 2 UNITED
    Rooney
    Vidic

  36. Sandeep1878 says:

    A : Andy Cole First’s Goal – 4 February 1995
    S : Scholes Famous Volley – 23 December 2006
    T : Teddy’s [Sheringham] Winner Goal – 14 May 2000
    O : Own Goal [Alpay Özalan-Aston Villa] – 26 August 2001
    N : Neville’s Rare Strike – 20 January 2001

    V : Van Nistelrooy Winner Goal – 23 February 2002
    I : Ince Goal – 19 December 1993
    L : League Cup Final – 28 February 2010
    L : Last-Gasp Drama [Federico Macheda Goal] – 5 April 2009
    A : Ashley Young [Ex-Aston Villa]

  37. Sandeep1878 says:

    Pogba’s mother said -

    “the chelsea scout came wearing an expensive suit and waved roll of cash at me.

    i never had the chance to meet monsieur wenger but he did send his scouts.

    sir alex himself came to my home. he didn’t wave cash at me,instead told me where he had seen paul play

    and i knew united was the perfect destination for paul”

  38. dannysoya says:

    Just WIN boys. All I want is a WIN.

  39. King Eric says:

    Fletch – Hello mate. Not being pedantic but it wasnt the reserves last night. It was the under 18′s beginning their Cup defence. Great performance. Jack Bramby is a great little player. Daeli both footed and quality. Junaza or whatever his name is looks a class player. Luke McCullough the captain a big fucking unit. Another top young side from paul McGuinnes. Oh forgot Tyler Blackett as well. What a beast.

    Oh morning.

  40. TheCANTONA says:

    @sandeep
    nice story, have the link mate??

  41. smartalex says:

    Incredible shot from Ba and great reflex save from Cech!

  42. smartalex says:

    A bit disconcerting, Newcastle have ‘arfa cunt on the wing. Wonder where the other ‘arf is.

  43. parryheid says:

    So we look to our away form to keep us in the picture total reverse of last season.Win of any kind please lads.

  44. Fred says:

    Sandeep – Love the palindrome! Thank you. :)

    King Eric – nice to hear about the stars of tomorrow. Thanks for your views on the latest crop. :)

    I concur with smartalex and Sandeep – Villa 0:2 United

  45. King Eric says:

    Fred – No worries mate. Love watching the academy and reserve teams.

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