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Ryan Giggs takes a inswinging corner.
Ryan Giggs decides to take the corner short.
Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Phil Jones results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Karim El Ahmadi from the free kick, David De Gea makes a comfortable save.
Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Joe Bennett leaves the field to be replaced by Ciaran Clark.
Shinji Kagawa produces a left-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.
Karim El Ahmadi takes a shot. Save by David De Gea. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ashley Westwood.
Foul by Rafael Da Silva on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Bennett.
Corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney to the near post, Jonny Evans takes a shot. Joe Bennett makes a clearance. Danny Welbeck replaces Wayne Rooney.
Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Shot by Wayne Rooney. Blocked by Matthew Lowton.
Nathan Baker concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin van Persie. Wayne Rooney restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Robin van Persie. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Jonny Evans fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick. Jonny Evans restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Matthew Lowton, save by David De Gea.
The ball is swung over by Karim El Ahmadi, Wayne Rooney makes a clearance.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Save made by David De Gea.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lowton by Patrice Evra. Matthew Lowton takes the free kick.
Andreas Weimann delivers the ball, clearance by Phil Jones.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood, Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Blocked by Robin van Persie.
Andreas Weimann produces a cross, save by David De Gea.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Giggs.
Ryan Giggs takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Matthew Lowton makes a clearance.
Foul by Antonio Valencia on Joe Bennett, free kick awarded. Joe Bennett restarts play with the free kick.
Charles N'Zogbia leaves the field to be replaced by Karim El Ahmadi.
Effort from just outside the box by Ron Vlaar goes over the bar.
Robin van Persie concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabian Delph. Joe Bennett takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the box by Gabriel Agbonlahor goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Ryan Giggs sends in a cross, save made by Bradley Guzan.
Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia. Ashley Westwood delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save made by David De Gea.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Antonio Valencia. Free kick taken by Joe Bennett.
Robin van Persie gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 3-0 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Ryan Giggs.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the left by-line. Fabian Delph takes a shot. Wayne Rooney gets a block in.
Joe Bennett challenges Antonio Valencia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Charles N'Zogbia fouled by Patrice Evra, the ref awards a free kick. Patrice Evra is shown a yellow card. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Westwood from right channel, clearance by Phil Jones.
The ball is crossed by Joe Bennett, save by David De Gea.
The ball is sent over by Shinji Kagawa, clearance by Ron Vlaar.
The ball is delivered by Joe Bennett.
Ryan Giggs challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Fabian Delph.
Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Rafael Da Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Rafael Da Silva.
Ryan Giggs is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.
Michael Carrick takes a shot from long range which goes wide left of the goal.
Foul by Rafael Da Silva on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded. Joe Bennett takes the free kick.
Robin van Persie gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Aston Villa.Wayne Rooney provided the assist for the goal.
Shot from inside the area by Christian Benteke clears the bar.
Rafael Da Silva has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box hitting the post.
The ball is sent over by Andreas Weimann.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia by Fabian Delph. Ryan Giggs crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Bradley Guzan.
Centre by Antonio Valencia, Close range effort by Robin van Persie clears the crossbar.
Rafael Da Silva crosses the ball, Robin van Persie finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa.Ryan Giggs provided the assist for the goal.
Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Rafael Da Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rafael Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.
Fabian Delph fouled by Wayne Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Fabian Delph takes the indirect free kick.
Critics want us to fail - Evra
Patrice Evra accepts Manchester United will never get true recognition for their achievements because so many critics want them to fail.
United are closing in on a record 20th league title which they can secure on Monday night following Manchester City's 3-1 defeat at Tottenham.
Victory against Aston Villa at Old Trafford will also set them up for a four match run-in where maximum points would allow them to overhaul Chelsea's record Premier League total of 95 points.
Yet it seems destined to be a championship collected with caveats.
For few think this is one of Sir Alex Ferguson's best teams, let alone the finest since the league was changed in 1992.
It is not something particularly understood within the Red Devils camp - but then Evra is not that bothered about it.
"People want to see Manchester United fall down," said the France full-back.
"In the seven years I have been here, it has always been the same.
"When you lose one game it is like the end of the world.
"If you don't accept this pressure, you can't play for Manchester United."
What irritates Evra more is that United's critics prefer to ignore the positive aspects of their play.
For instance, at the start of the season, when they were continually hauling themselves back from losing positions, few looked at the battling qualities shown, preferring instead to concentrate on their leaky defence.
More recently, questions have been asked why the Red Devils have been so lacklustre, rather than focus on the 22 points collected from 27 since Gary Neville singled out David de Gea for criticism at Tottenham.
Even after their Champions League exit to Real Madrid, the hangover from which still appears to be lingering, United have collected 10 points from five games.
"It is right," said Evra. "In the beginning of the season, Manchester United was not doing well, we always had to come back.
"But we did keep winning. People forget we are a marathon team.
"The league is not a sprint. People just want to see us playing well in a big game against City, or Liverpool.
"This is not the way to win a league. Of course you want to win against the big teams. But it is about how many games you win.
"I thought 'why are people talking. We are 12 or 15 points clear but they keep saying Manchester United this or that.
"If that is what they want to do, OK. But in the end, if we get to lift the trophy we will see who is right."
Paul Lambert wants his under-pressure side to enjoy themselves.
Villa 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 Lambert sees no reason why they cannot give United a difficult night and take something from the game.
"I've got no worries about going there," said the manager. "It's going to be a fantastic place to play football, against the champions elect.
"If you don't enjoy going playing there, there's something wrong. If you can't handle the pressure, you're not going to be a footballer. It's what you're having a career for.
"It's a game no-one expects us to get anything from but we're certainly a goal threat.
"They have been the most consistent team in the league but from our own point of view we need the points every bit as much as they do."
Lambert's side were unfortunate to lose 3-2 to United in the reverse fixture at Villa Park earlier this season, having led 2-0 only for substitute Javier Hernandez to score twice after Ron Vlaar's own goal.
The Scot believes Villa can take heart from that performance. "They're used to playing that kind of football every time," he said. "They can bring on the likes of Javier Hernandez."
Lambert is happy to pay tribute to evergreen United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as he continues to rack up milestones and trophies. "You'd love to know how he's done it," he said.
"Starting out at East Stirlingshire, St Mirren, Aberdeen where he did a fantastic job and then Manchester United. He had a hard time at United to start with but the rest is history.
"What he's done is nothing short of remarkable. I know him pretty well. I used to go and watch Manchester United training when I was out of work.
"I don't think there's a better manager. I don't think that'll we'll see another manager stay at one club for 27 years. Who's going to do that?
"He's surpassed anything anyone could do. He's won virtually everything, European Cups, league titles. He's a top, top manager."
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