Match corresponding to the Premier League and played at Villa Park.
Back to the Premier League meant back to a more established line up. De Gea was on the bench for this one and Lindegaard kept goal and a clean sheet. The match as a spectacle was a disappointment as Villa showed how much of a dire side they have come while United ploughed ahead solidly but failed to create little of note, midfield again! The match was plagued by injuries. Chicharito went over his own ankle quite painfully and was stretched off with his ankle in a splint. Rio Ferdinand also limped off injured while Villa lost keeper Given and Jermaine Jenas to self inflicted injuries. Phil Jones scored his first senior goal after being assisted by Nani. Now to Basle and securing qualification to the knock outs of the Champions League
Manchester United Team
34 Anders Lindegaard
3 Patrice Evra
5 Rio Ferdinand
15 Nemanja Vidic
12 Chris Smalling
4 Phil Jones (Goal)
16 Michael Carrick
18 Ashley Young
10 Wayne Rooney
14 Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez
Antonio Valencia for Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez
Ryan Giggs for Rio Ferdinand
Danny Welbeck for Ashley Young
26th January 1943
A very active day after a few days of unnerving quiet. KM submarines reported engaging two large enemy transports approaching Dobo. SS 0-21 attacked two ships, scoring four torpedo hits sending one large transport of around 8,000 tons to the bottom of the sea. Aerial recon later in the day spotted small craft fishing survivors out of the water. Indications are that the 0-21 has thwarted an attempt to reinforce or garrison this base.
Forewarning of the Japanese moves had come from Intelligence intercepts of radio messages. For the past week and half regular updates from a unit enroute to Dobo had been monitored, as such the 0-21 was vectored to the base. Furthermore a small flotilla of 3 destroyers has also been ordered to sweep the approaches to Dobo at high speed on the morrow.
The day was also full of action over Merauke and Horn Island as the Japanese belatedly start to react to the landing at the former base. Three raids were intercepted over both bases. 18 enemy planes were reported shot down, but at a cost of 12 of our own fighters. Three ships were also sunk by torpedo carrying betties and one struck a mine at Horn Island. An enemy submarine must have laid this field at some point overnight. The 2750 ton Australian merchant ship Koomilya went down after striking a mine in the early hours of the 26th.