Match corresponding to the Premier League and played at Old Trafford.
With City smashing Norwich yesterday with a Tevez hat trich, oh the irony, United needed to respond and respond well after the loss at Wigan. Villa are a shadow of their former selves and to be honest did little to bother De Gea in goal. United seemed eager to eradicate the memory of the DW Stadium. The ball was moving swiftly and Valencia seemed well up for it. Villa’s 5 man midfield had no effect either defensively or offensively and a United goal seemed inevitable, even though De Gea made the first save 40 seconds in. Controversy once again surrounded United’s first as Ashley Young took a tumble in the box. Though the defender made contact, the subsequent dive was frankly embarrassing. No worries for Rooney who finished with style. A second goal later in the match means he is closing on 25 goals for the season. Welbeck scored United’s second while Nani scored a fourth well into stoppage time. 5 points ahead again and it is all pointing to high noon at the Etihad.
Manchester United Team
1 David De Gea
3 Patrice Evra
5 Rio Ferdinand
6 Johnny Evans
18 Ashley Young
22 Paul Scholes
16 Michael Carrick
25 Antonio Valencia
10 Wayne Rooney (2 goals/1 penalty)
19 Danny Welbeck (Goal)
Nani (Goal) on for Ashley Young
Dimitar Berbatov on for Wayne Rooney
Tom Cleverley on for Paul Scholes