Manchester United beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the Third Round of the FA Cup, with Wayne Rooney making all the difference in the victory. Before coming on the field, it looked as though the game would end in a scheduled replay at Old Trafford. Rooney was involved in the build up to the first goal, which Ronaldo put away, and scored our second. He also fired just inches over the bar and provided Michael Carrick with a great goalscoring opportunity, after playing in a perfect long range ball.New England manager, Fabio Capello, was at the game, and was very impressed with the effect Rooney had. “To see a player like Wayne Rooney come on as a substitute in such good form and have a major impact on the game was good for me on my first day,” Capello said. “It was very good to start work today.”
Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick were the English players on the park for United, as well as several English Villa players, giving Capello plenty to consider.
“It was good to be at a game where a lot of the players were English players,” added Capello.
This is quite a contrast to the Arsenal team put out by Arsene Wenger, with Justin Hoyte the only English player to feature for the Gunners this weekend after he was introduced with less than twenty minutes to play.
Does having English players in the team make a difference? Would you be happy enough to see so few at United?