skip to content
Centre by Luis Nani.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Emile Heskey misses to the left of the target.
Danny Welbeck is ruled offside. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Marc Albrighton produces a cross.
Wayne Rooney produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Wayne Rooney. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Emile Heskey by Nemanja Vidic results in a free kick. Barry Bannan crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Albrighton. Marc Albrighton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Michael Carrick makes a clearance.
Stephen Warnock delivers the ball, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance.
Danny Welbeck is brought on as a substitute for Ashley Young.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Comfortable save by Bradley Guzan.
Corner taken by Barry Bannan from the right by-line, Header from close range by Stiliyan Petrov misses to the right of the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan. A cross is delivered by Richard Dunne, James Collins takes a shot. Save by Anders Lindegaard.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Albrighton by Patrice Evra. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Barry Bannan from right channel, save by Anders Lindegaard.
Ashley Young has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Antonio Valencia delivers the ball, clearance made by James Collins.
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line, clearance by James Collins.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the right by-line, Emile Heskey has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
Michael Carrick concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. Direct free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, Emile Heskey takes a shot. Comfortable save by Anders Lindegaard.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ashley Young. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Warnock, clearance by Patrice Evra.
Ryan Giggs joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rio Ferdinand.
Emile Heskey replaces Jermaine Jenas.
The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, comfortable save by Anders Lindegaard.
Chris Herd leaves the field to be replaced by Stiliyan Petrov.
Unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Chris Smalling results in a free kick. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Comfortable save by Bradley Guzan.
Centre by Luis Nani, comfortable save by Bradley Guzan.
Corner from right by-line taken by Ashley Young.
Darren Bent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Patrice Evra restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Barry Bannan, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
The ball is swung over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Chris Smalling gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Warnock, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
Ashley Young takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Darren Bent.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Smalling on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Warnock on Phil Jones. Strike on goal comes in from Luis Nani from the free kick.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Michael Carrick, clearance by Stephen Warnock.
Antonio Valencia crosses the ball, Barry Bannan makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Young, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra, Alan Hutton gets a block in.
Gabriel Agbonlahor fouled by Antonio Valencia, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by James Collins. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Anders Lindegaard takes the indirect free kick.
Ashley Young challenges Marc Albrighton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Herd by Phil Jones. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.
Shay Given goes off and Bradley Guzan comes on.
Antonio Valencia has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Warnock. Barry Bannan crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
Jermaine Jenas fouled by Luis Nani, the ref awards a free kick. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.
Marc Albrighton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Anders Lindegaard takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Darren Bent. Rio Ferdinand takes the indirect free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Antonio Valencia. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Barry Bannan, Chris Herd takes a shot. Anders Lindegaard makes a comfortable save.
Luis Nani sends in a cross, Phil Jones finds the back of the net with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd.Luis Nani provided the assist for the goal.
Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Young.
Effort on goal by Phil Jones from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Luis Nani produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Javier Hernandez leaves the field to be replaced by Antonio Valencia.
McLeish rues Facebook revelation
Aston Villa trialist Yannick Djalo may be looking to impress at the club, but he has already made a mistake in the eyes of manager Alex McLeish - by announcing the deal on Facebook.
The Portuguese has not yet arrived at Villa's Bodymoor Heath training ground, and McLeish had been hoping to keep the move quiet.
However, any hopes of doing so were extinguished when Djalo resorted to social media, something the Villa boss is clearly disappointed with.
"We're just going to look at him on trial," McLeish said.
"Talk of signing him is very premature.
"I didn't really want it to be anybody's business, but I know the lad put it on Facebook himself, so what chance have you got?"
Djalo is currently in contractual limbo at French side Nice. He joined the French side on the last day of the summer transfer window from Sporting Lisbon, but FIFA rejected the move after league officials only registered his documents after midnight when the market was closed
McLeish was cagey when asked about Djalo's qualities as a footballer.
He said: "I can't tell you anything about him just now. I don't want to divulge anything. Look him up on Google."
Fans got wind of the deal after he posted 'I go to Aston Villa' on his Facebook page.
McLeish hinted he may go down a similar route with other players when trying to strengthen his squad, as a modest budget means he must remove as much risk as possible from his transfer dealings.
"We'll quietly look at people when we get an opportunity," he said. "There's others that are out there as well. We want to try and do things carefully and prudently, and we'll continue to do so."
Villa take on Manchester United on Saturday, and McLeish has a near fully-fit squad to pick from after Stiliyan Petrov and Stephen Ireland recovered from hamstring and foot injuries respectively.
Defender Eric Lichaj's long-term hip injury makes him the only absentee.
The game will see Ashley Young return to Villa Park for the first time after the winger's #17million switch to Old Trafford over the summer.
Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson insists he is happy with Manchester United's form despite his side's struggle to score goals and their Carling Cup defeat to lower-league Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup.
United have won three and drawn one of their Premier League games since the 6-1 drubbing by Manchester City but have not scored more than a single goal in the league since October 1.
Moreover, Wayne Rooney, who started the season with a terrific scoring run, has not hit a league goal since mid-September.
Ferguson is adamant that United are in form, should have beaten Newcastle last weekend, and that a trip to Aston Villa holds few fears - United have lost only twice in 19 visits to Villa Park since the Premier League started.
Ferguson said: "Our form last Saturday was excellent, we played as well as we have played all season.
"We needed that little bit of luck around about the goalmouth - that would have made it a good result as Newcastle have been playing really well.
"We made so many chances we really should have won the game comfortably so I have no problems with that.
"We have a good record at Villa Park - it's no coincidence that our best records away from home are at Villa Park and Tottenham. To me they represent real football grounds, the atmosphere is good, the crowds are close to the touchline and we have done well down there.
"But every time we have had to play well down there to win, you can't just depend on your past record."
Dimitar Berbatov will miss the trip with an ankle injury picked up against Palace while Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio da Silva - who also picked up knocks - will also miss out.
Danny Welbeck is still a doubt with a muscle strain while Anderson (knee), Michael Owen (thigh) and Tom Cleverley (ankle) are longer-term absentees.
Jones steams in to sink Villa
Phil Jones scored his first goal for Manchester United as they regained second spot in the Barclays Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Aston Villa.
Jones struck after 20 minutes as United extended their unbeaten league run at Villa Park to 16 years.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side climbed back above Tottenham, who had briefly gone second with their win earlier this afternoon, and remained five points adrift of Manchester City after dominating for long periods.
The down side for the Red Devils was the early loss of striker Javier Hernandez with a serious-looking ankle injury, though they overcame his absence with relative ease.
Jones was given licence to go forward in midfield with Michael Carrick operating in the holding role, while Chris Smalling also did well in shackling Villa's most potent threat in Gabriel Agbonlahor for long periods.
Villa, meanwhile, confirmed winger Charles N'Zogbia had been left out of their match plans for an undisclosed breach of club discipline.
But they also suffered a double injury setback during the game with keeper Shay Given (leg) and Jermaine Jenas (ankle) both stretchered off.
Villa looked more threatening in the second period but could have no complaints with the outcome.
United winger Ashley Young was greeted with boos from some sections of the home fans on his return to Villa Park.
United suffered an early setback when Hernandez appeared to twist his ankle when it became caught in the Villa Park surface after turning sharply.
There was a lengthy delay while Hernandez received treatment but he was unable to continue and was stretchered off and replaced by Antonio Valencia.
It came as no surprise when Jones put United ahead with a clinical finish after 20 minutes.
Patrice Evra released the overlapping Nani and his cross was met by Jones who volleyed past Given from close range.
Villa could not get a foothold in the game and it needed a fine save from Given to prevent United doubling their lead.
Young provided the probing cross from the right of the area and Nani's powerful header was turned aside by the Republic of Ireland keeper.
There was a brief moment of danger from Villa when Barry Bannan ran on to a reverse ball from Agbonlahor inside the United box but he over-ran the ball.
But United were the dominant force and Antonio Valencia curled a 25-yard effort just wide after no-one had closed him down.
Given had to be replaced by Brad Guzan after 38 minutes after hurting his leg when racing out of his area to clear.
The second period began in the same vein as the opening 45 minutes with United dominating proceedings.
Wayne Rooney tried his luck from 25 yards out and his shot skidded just past the post.
Then Bannan made a crucial block on Nani's shot from near the penalty area, then Anders Lindegaard clung onto a teasing cross-shot from Agbonlahor in a rare Villa attack.
Jenas became the third player to be substituted after 64 minutes with a serious-looking ankle injury and he also had to be stretchered off.
Villa substitute Emile Heskey almost made an instant impact as he headed wide at the far post after Richard Dunne had flicked on a corner from Bannan.
Young dragged a low 20-yard effort only a couple of feet wide after brushing off the challenge of Bannan.
But Villa were at last showing some menace with Lindegaard turning over a Collins header from a Dunne centre.
Young curled a sot straight at Guzan after good play by Ryan Giggs but could not score against his former team-mates before being substituted after 78 minutes.
Rooney had a quiet afternoon but was just too high with a snap shot after exchanging passes with Carrick.
Substitute Danny Welbeck had the ball in the net in the 90th minute but had strayed offside.
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk