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Aston Villa vs. Manchester United

Villa Park

23/12/2006

3pm

Villa v Man Utd Preview

Tough game for Villa legend Ron Saunders to come back to watch, hopefully Villa will be up for the scrap

Vital Quotes:

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.'

Aston Villa Team News:

Gavin McCann is battling to be fit.

Player to watch: Gareth Barry

The star man so far this season, if he is in the game, Villa are in the game.

Manchester United Team News:

Rooney looks like Shrek, think that is all the away team news I have at the moment.

Player to watch: Ryan Giggs

Still a player who graces the Premiership pitches, hope he has an off day though.

Match Facts & Stats

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.

Ref Watch:

Steve Bennett

Match Prediction:

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.

Next Fixtures:

Tuesday 26th Away to Spurs
Saturday 30th Away to Charlton




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 22 2006

Time: 12:07PM

Your Comments

How dare you not call Loners ***** Arm by his real name! Total disrespect if you ask me!
DeanoVilla
Oh and for me Ronaldo has to be the one to watch for them. Was hoping all the flak he got this year would make him crumble but its making him better! *SUGGESTION* Dont boo him please!!!
DeanoVilla
Yes we'll be up for it. Two defeats on the trot for Sir Alex and his merry men. As long as we dont go into the game as we did last year, when we were beaten before we even kicked off. We were outclassed that day. No, positive vibes abound for tomorrow, 2-1 Villa.
glensider
I hate that bloke he needs to be capped
AussieVilla
In Rons day we gave as good as we got against United. Hopefully he'll witness the type of performance he preached.
glensider
 

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