Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday November 23 2008
Man Utd goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar showed a bit of class on their official site in giving Villa some praise for the 0-0 draw, unlike Nemanja Vidic, who to be fair should have been keeping a low profile after the referee bottled sending him off...!
Edwin said: 'We were playing Aston Villa and although all the papers were talking about our unbeaten record there, it's still a hard place to go to. Villa are doing very well this year and they proved that they have the quality to play football and make life difficult. They played well but we were strong at the back. We made one or two blocks and I made a couple of saves. In the last 10 minutes we hoped they would get a little tired and we could push on and score a winner. We tried our best and had a couple of chances but not enough to get the win.'
However Vidic showed no class at all and instead whinged that we blocked them from scoring with our tactics. Sorry mate, what were we meant to do, lay down and just let you all through? This was the first time Manchester United haven't scored in a league game for a year and the defender wasn't happy. Oh dear, how sad, never mind!
He told manutd.com: 'When a team defends with 10 players for the whole game, it`s hard to create chances,' Vidic told MUTV. 'We had a great strike from Ronaldo, Rooney had an opportunity and a few chances from set-pieces, but we couldn't score.'
Martin O'Neill meanwhile felt that Vidic should have seen red and Villa possibly should have had a penalty. O'Neill said on Setanta: 'I can understand the concern over whether or not it was a penalty. But it is definitely a foul. If we get the foul, the player has to be sent off because it is a goal-scoring opportunity. It is as simple as that. I didn't need to look at a TV replay to see that it was a foul - but I did do it and there is no doubt that Vidic fouled Gabby.'
And Sir Chewalot said he couldn't fault the effort of his players: 'At the end of the day I'm satisfied in the effort the players made. It was a very determined and aggressive Aston Villa team. They really set out to make it difficult for us, but we handled that well. Today has proved that Aston Villa are a much-improved side with a lot of consistency about them, and I really think they could be in the top four.'
He also said that there was no way Vidic fouled Gabby and that he got the ball. Watch the replays Sir Al, watch the replays! At the very least it was a foul, either that or Vidic fancied Gabby so much he wanted his shirt off there and then... you decide!
Date:Sunday November 23 2008
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