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Old Trafford (ATT 75,591) 22nd April 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: A Taylor

Man Utd Manchester United vs Aston Villa A Villa

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  1. Thanks for all your comments today folks! Don't forget, you can always follow me on Twitter: @RazMirza to send me your views so speak to you all soon! Congratulations go out to Manchester United.

  2. 21:54

    It is just the third of their 13 Premier League titles that Manchester United have claimed at Old Trafford.

  3. 21:50

    After losing to Everton on the opening day of the season, they won 25 of their next 29 games. Sir Alex Ferguson congratulates his side as the players go to the fans. They have 84 points from their 34 games. The champagne corks are popping in the dressing room tonight.

  4. Manchester United are champions of England for a 20th time. They secured it in style thanks to a magnificent first-half hat-trick from Robin van Persie.

  5. 90

    We're into TWO added minutes of stoppage time at Old Trafford.

  6. 89

    It's celebration time at Old Trafford as we approach stoppage time.

  7. 87

    El Ahmadi's right-foot shot is easily caught by David de Gea at his near post.

  8. 86

    Phil Jones brings down Karim El Ahmadi just outside the box.

  9. 85

    Robin van Persie really has been the man tonight as he wins the ball back in a defensive position before starting a counter-attack.

  10. 83

    Shinji Kagawa gets the ball back to Antonio Valencia, but Brad Guzan comes out to claim the ball at his feet.

  11. 81

    Ciaran Clark makes a timely interception after a poor pass across the backline.

  12. Ciaran Clark replaces Joe Bennett, which means Nathan Baker goes over to left-back and Clark will join Vlaar in central defence.

  13. 78

    Danny Welbeck takes a heavy knock in the knee from Ashley Westwood's challenge.

  14. 77

    BAD MISS!! Antonio Valencia picks out Shinji Kagawa in the box, but the Japan international somehow contrives to miss the target from just a couple of yards out.

  15. 75

    TIPPED OVER!! Karim El Ahmadi's dipper is touched over the crossbar by David de Gea. What a good effort from the Moroccan.

  16. 72

    Just before that substitution, Jonny Evans very nearly saw his miskick sldie into the far corner, but it didn't have enough pace on it and Villa cleared their lines.

  17. Danny Welbeck replaces Wayne Rooney for United.

  18. 70

    Ron Vlaar denies Shinji Kagawa a way through to goal.

  19. 69

    The crowd chant Robin van Persie's name and he applauds them.

  20. 67

    Andreas Weimann gets into a good position and bends his right-foot curler past the far post.

  21. 66

    This second half has been like a procession for Manchester United. Everybody seems to be waiting for the final whistle.

  22. 63

    Ryan Giggs' lay-off is struck flush by Wayne Rooney, but concrete Ron Vlaar makes a solid block.

  23. 60

    Villa have conceded 63 goals, which is by far their worst defensive season. They have now gone 18 games without keeping a clean sheet, the longest current run in the Premier League.

  24. 59

    United are allowing Villa to come on to them as they look to sit back and counter-attack.

  25. 57

    Villa keep a bit of possession now and the away fans cheer every pass rather sarcastically.

  26. 55

    The Old Trafford crowd are enjoying this performance now but Sir Alex Ferguson is on the touchline barking out orders.

  27. 53

    GOOD SAVE! Karim El Ahmadi pressures Wayne Rooney into a mistake and then Christian Benteke's low drive is parried away by David de Gea.

  28. 52

    Matthew Lowton has picked up a knock here as referee Anthony Taylor has another stern word with Patrice Evra, who was booked in the first-half.

  29. 50

    OFF THE LINE!! Robin van Persie is back defending to head Andreas Weimann's header off the line. What a game he's having tonight!

  30. 48

    United win a couple of quick corners, the second of which is very nearly met by Wayne Rooney at the near post.

  31. 46

    Incidentally Robin Van Persie scored the quickest Premier League hat-trick in nine years as Karim El Ahmadi replaces Charles N'Zogbia for Villa.

  32. 20:55

    If you'd like to air your views during the second half, email Raz...that's me! at or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish the best.

  33. Betting is currently suspended on Manchester United to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who now make Aston Villa a mighty 80/1 and the draw is also 80/1. United to win 6-0 is 10/1 while 7-0 is 28/1. Wayne Rooney is 6/1 to sore next while Robin van Persie is 3/1. Right-click here SKYBET and open in a new tab to place your bets on this match while keeping an eye on the live commentary.

  34. Manchester United are inching ever closer to their 20th league championship. Robin van Persie's hat-trick has seen them simple overwhelm Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Ryan Giggs set him for the first after two minutes before the flying Dutchman scored the goal of the game. Wayne Rooney's wonderful pass was volleyed into the far corner on the volley by the striker. He then bagged his hat-trick after Giggs supplied the cross one again. Villa have been simply outclassed!

  35. 45

    Wayne Rooney is being allowed way to much time and space in the middle of the park and Paul Lambert will need to address that at the break. Ron Vlaar hits a speculative 30-yarder which flies well over. We're into TWO added minutes of stoppage time.

  36. 43

    Gabby Agbonlahor turns away from Jonny Evans before cracking his left-foot strike inches wide of David De Gea's near post.

  37. 42

    Shinji Kagawa finds Ryan Giggs who delivers this cross from the left first-time, but Brad Guzan is alert to claim the ball.

  38. 41

    It has been 23 Premier League games since Aston Villa last kept a clean sheet. That has been their problem. They just cannot defend!

  39. 40

    Ashley Westwood's free-kick is straight into the grateful hands of David De Gea.

  40. 39

    Charles N'Zogbia is felled by Evra once again as Villa win a free-kick in United's half.

  41. 36

    This game is already beyond Villa who must now start thinking about their goals against column.

  42. 34

    HAT-TRICK FOR RvP!! Shinji Kagawa sends Ryan Giggs away down the right and his low ball across the box is controlled by the Dutchman before he calmly sorts his feet out and then lashes his left-foot shot high into the roof of the net.


  44. 32

    Jonny Evans seems to be moving better at the back as Ashley Westwood over hits his pass.

  45. 31

    Better from Villa as they win a corner and then the ball back in is miskicked by Andreas Weimann.

  46. 30

    Fabian Delph has been warned by Anthony Taylor and in fact called skipper Ron Vlaar over to have a word with his player.

  47. 28

    The news is that central defender Jonny Evans could be coming off in the next few minutes. He seems to have picked up an injury.

  48. Charles N'Zogbia is tripped up by Patrice Evra and referee Anthony Taylor books the United skipper.

  49. 26

    Joe Bennett's left-foot delivery is well caught by David De Gea.

  50. 25

    Villa have won just one of their last 34 Premier League games against Manchester United (L24 D9); with this victory coming at Old Trafford in December 2009.

  51. 24

    Michael Carrick seems to have recovered from his earlier knock. United are back on the ball.

  52. 23

    Joe Bennett sneaks in to win the ball, but his left-foot cross is way too deep.

  53. 22

    Michael Carrick is hobbling about and doesn't look to be able to continue.

  54. 21

    Sir Alex Ferguson's reaction to RvP's left-foot volley was something to behold. He almost stage dived!

  55. 19

    Christian Benteke very nearly gets Gabby Agbonlahor in, but overcooks his pass.

  56. 18

    Ryan Giggs hacks down Gabby Agbonlahor with a very late challenge, but referee Anthony Taylor just hands him a stern warning.

  57. 15

    Technique and power...RvP's second goal of the game had the lot. Simply amazing! The men in red are dominating possession.

  58. 14

    WHAT A GOAL!! Magnificent goal by Manchester United, who have simply been on a different planet to Villa. Wayne Rooney's sensational pass from the halfway line is smashed into the far corner by the Dutchman, who met it on the volley. That was a worldy! His 23rd Premier League goal of the season and his 27th in all-competitions.


  60. 12

    VILLA COME CLOSE! The visitors break through Andreas Weimann and he sets up his strike partner Christian Benteke who fires just over the crossbar.

  61. 10

    OFF THE POST!! Rafael's right-foot bender strikes the far post with Brad Guzan beaten.

  62. 9

    Ryan Giggs takes Matthew Lowton apart down the left before his cross is headed down by van Persie, but Shinji Kagawa's effort is well blocked by Ron Vlaar.

  63. 8

    Wayne Rooney is definitely playing in a deeper role tonight and he finds Antonio Valencia in all sorts of space once again.

  64. 6

    Ryan Giggs' inswinger is well collected by Brad Guzan in the Villa goal.

  65. 5

    Rafael eases past young Joe Bennett and now United earn a free-kick wide right.

  66. 4

    Manchester United have now scored in ever one of the last 66 home games since they were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa back in December 2009 when Gabby Agbonlahor scored the winner.

  67. 3

    It's been an open start to this game as Villa come forward and Andreas Weimann almost creeps in at the near post.

  68. 2

    WHAT A START!! Rafael's deep cross to the back post is pulled across the face of goal by Ryan Giggs for you know who! RvP has now scored in three successive games and has given United the start they were craving.


  70. 2

    Wayne Rooney has startedd really deep again and picks out Antonio Valencia out wide.

  71. 1

    Manchester United are 90 minutes away from their 20th league championship. They get us underway as referee Anthony Taylor blows his whistle.

  72. 19:59

    The pitch is in excellent condition considering it's going to be ripped up at the end of the season. Let's hope for a cracker!

  73. 19:55

    The teams are on their way out. Manchester United are wearing their traditional red, white and black kit, while Aston Villa are in their luminous green shirts and socks with black shorts. The atmosphere is simply crackling!

  74. 19:45

    Great comments! If you'd like to air your views during the match, email Raz...that's me! at or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish the best.

  75. Manchester United are 2/9 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Aston Villa 12/1 and the draw 6/1. Christian Benteke is price boosted to 10/1 to open the scoring with Robin van Persie the 5/2 favourite, having ended a nine-match goal drought by netting against both Stoke and West Ham. Shinji Kagawa to score first and a 4-0 win is 50/1 or Javier Hernandez to come off the bench and score first and United to win 2-0 is 25/1. Meanwhile, Andreas Weimann to score first and either Villa to win 2-1 or to draw 1-1 is 120/1. This fixture has seen at least four goals in four of the past five years, but I'm hedging my bets and going for a tight home win tonight - 2-1, which is priced at 9/1. Well worth a flutter in my book! Right-click here SKYBET and open in a new tab to place your bets on this match while keeping an eye on the live commentary.

  76. MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS: United are without first-choice central defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic as they looked to clinch a record 20th league title against Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Instead, with Ferdinand on the bench, Sir Alex Ferguson has Phil Jones and Jonny Evans paired together, whilst Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are both included in a team that also contains Shinji Kagawa.

  77. ASTON VILLA TEAM NEWS: Three points are enough for the hosts but the game was not without consequence for Villa as they remain in trouble at the bottom, just three points clear of the drop zone. Manager Paul Lambert brings back Gabriel Agbonlahor for Jordan Bowery. Charles N'Zogbia, Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke also start in a four-man attack.

  78. MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM: De Gea, Evans, Evra, Rafael, Jones, Valencia, Rooney, Giggs, Carrick, Van Persie, Kagawa.

  79. SUBSTITUTES: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Nani, Hernandez, Buttner, Welbeck, Cleverley.

  80. ASTON VILLA TEAM: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Westwood, Delph, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

  81. SUBSTITUTES: Given, Holman, Sylla, El Ahmadi, Bent, Bowery, Clark.

  82. REFEREE: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire) Matches: 21, R6 Y50.

  83. 19:20

    Here come the teams...

  84. 19:10

    Great comments ladies and gents. Keep them coming in before the 8pm (BST) kick-off. Email Raz...that's me! at or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

  85. 18:56

    Can Villa spoil United's title party? Email Raz...that's me! at or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

  86. 18:55

    'We'll go and try and win, I've never deviated from that,' said Lambert. 'Any games that we've played in we've gone to try and win, but you also know that you've got to respect the opposition you're playing against. Manchester United are the best team in the country at the minute.' Lambert has always maintained he is confident Villa will beat the drop - and has been backed in that belief by Prime Minister and Villa fan David Cameron. 'People are always going to have their own opinions on it,' said the Claret and Blue boss. 'The main thing is that we do our jobs and if the Prime Minister thinks that then it's really good of him. We'll wait and see come the end of the season.'

  87. 18:54

    Villa, meanwhile, remain entrenched in the relegation battle as the scrap for survival intensifies. However, they have timed a run of form nicely, picking up 10 points from their last five games and boss Paul Lambert sees no reason why they cannot take something from the game. A win would relegate both Reading and QPR. Do you Villa fans think your boys can cause a major upset tonight?

  88. 18:51

    Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted the fact United lost their Premier League title to Manchester City last season provided added incentive to get it back. 'We had a big job to do,' said Ferguson. 'The way we lost it, and the fact it was City, gave us an incentive. You have to admire the focus we have shown this season. We are resilient and the consistency has been good. Like all the previous teams, they never give in. That is a fact.'

  89. 18:50

    Here we go folks, so it all boils down to this. Manchester United can claim a record 20th championship - their 13th Premier League title - but only if they beat relegation-threatened visitors Aston Villa tonight. Can they do it?

  90. 18:45

    If you'd like to air your views before or during the match, email Raz...that's me! at or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

  91. 18:45

    Hello and welcome to our live minute-by-minute text commentary of this huge Monday night Premier League clash between Manchester United and Aston Villa from Old Trafford.



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1 Chelsea 35 83
2 Manchester City 35 70
3 Arsenal 33 67
4 Manchester United 35 65
5 Liverpool 35 61
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 58
7 Southampton 35 57
8 Swansea City 35 53
9 West Ham United 35 47
10 Stoke City 35 47
11 Everton 35 44
12 Crystal Palace 35 42
13 West Bromwich Albion 35 40
14 Aston Villa 35 35
15 Newcastle United 35 35
16 Hull City 34 34
17 Leicester City 35 34
18 Sunderland 34 33
19 Queens Park Rangers 35 27
20 Burnley 35 26