Writer: J P Fear
Date:Friday December 22 2006
Tough game for Villa legend Ron Saunders to come back to watch, hopefully Villa will be up for the scrap
Martin O'Neill agrees that West Ham did us no favours beating Manchester United last weekend as it will have served as a wake up call to the league leaders.
'Yes that's true, absolutely. But whatever way you look at it, we're going to play Manchester United and if we play like we have recently, certainly going forward, we look as if we're going to create. Against Manchester United, it won't necessarily be a free-kick or a set-piece that will be our undoing because they have the capabilities of playing through you with the really talented players they've got. It's a game we should relish and I think we will.'
Gareth Barry is looking to hand Villa fans a bit of festive cheer tomorrow with three points despite Villa not beating Man Utd since the 1995-96 campaign (when we beat them on the opening day of the season which led to Alan Hanson saying they'd win nothing with kids!).
14 losses and 2 draws have followed but Barry said: 'It's always a special game, no matter what time of year. But to play at home to Man United just two days before Christmas gives us the chance to give the fans a perfect Christmas present. We know it's a tough, tough game. Our record against United isn't that good in recent years. It's usually a decent game, but we haven't beaten them for a long time.'
'Nobody expected us to draw at Arsenal or Chelsea earlier this season, did they? We didn't just want to make up the numbers at those grounds and it's the same tomorrow....If we can get something against United tomorrow, that will get our Christmas off to the perfect start and really lift us for some tough games we've got coming up.'
Gavin McCann is battling to be fit.
The star man so far this season, if he is in the game, Villa are in the game.
Rooney looks like Shrek, think that is all the away team news I have at the moment.
Still a player who graces the Premiership pitches, hope he has an off day though.
Last season: Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester United
van Nistelrooy 10, Rooney 51
Record at Villa Park in the Prem:
Villa 2 wins, Man United 9 wins, 3 Draws.
Mystic Mug, whose Christmas spirit it still in the whisky bottle, although me thinks he's been having a tipple, says Villa to get a well deserved draw. 1-1
Mark Lawrenson, who sadly was right last week saying Bolton would win, although he got the score wrong (he said 2-1) has predicted a 0-2 loss for Villa saying on the BBC website: Manchester United had one of those days at West Ham last weekend. They did not play badly but did not look like scoring - but I think they will win at Villa. Aston Villa have started to stutter and although manager Martin O'Neill has done a really good job and brought one or two of the younger players through, his squad is nonetheless a little thin.
Tuesday 26th Away to Spurs
Saturday 30th Away to Charlton
Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!
Date:Friday December 22 2006
2021 (Friday January 30 2015)
Something For The Weekend (480) (Friday January 30 2015)
Drennan Departs Aston Villa (Friday January 30 2015)
Lambert Welcomes Back Options Ahead Of Arsenal (Friday January 30 2015)
Grealish, Alli, Arsenal & Chelsea (Friday January 30 2015)
Sinclair's First Interview & The No 9 Shirt (Friday January 30 2015)
Sinclair Signs Season Long Loan Deal (Friday January 30 2015)
Mystic Mug v Lawro: Arsenal v Aston Villa (Friday January 30 2015)
Sinclair, Demba Ba & Others (Thursday January 29 2015)
An Interview With Carles Gil (Thursday January 29 2015)
|1.||Pride of Lions||34|
|Leicester City||1||-||0||Aston Villa|
|Aston Villa||0||-||0||Crystal Palace|
|Aston Villa||1||-||1||Man Utd|
|13. Crystal Palace||23||5||8||10||-9||23|
|16. Aston Villa||22||5||7||10||-14||22|
|18. Hull City||23||4||7||12||-13||19|
|FA Cup - We Must Be on the TV Again!
» Man Utd : 01/02/2015 14:27:00
|West Ham after Shrewsbury Youngster
» West Ham : 01/02/2015 14:20:00
|Hammers Wait for Sakho Verdict
» West Ham : 01/02/2015 14:13:00
|Valencia Look to Price Defender Out of Our Range
» Man Utd : 01/02/2015 13:53:00
|Hammers Linked with former Spurs Defender
» West Ham : 01/02/2015 13:41:00