PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Aston Villa v Manchester United – as it happens from Villa Park
18:18 GMT, 10 November 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Aston Villa host Manchester United at Villa Park to conclude Saturday's action. Paul Lambert's team sit just one place above the bottom three and face a tough task to defeat the Red Devils who have not tasted a league loss at the West Midlands side since 1995. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester United (5.30pm)
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Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar,
Clark, Stevens, Weimann, Westwood, Ireland, Bannan, Agbonlahor, Benteke.
Subs: Given, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Holman, Delph, Bowery, Williams.
Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand,
Smalling, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Young, Rooney, Van Persie.
Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Hernandez, Welbeck, Cleverley, Fletcher,
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
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Half-time: Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester United
45+1min: GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1-0 Manchester United
44min: So it's come to this…Wayne Rooney picks the ball up in space 30 yards out, but decides to shoot.
Guzan is more than happy to make a routine catch from the effort. Villa will be happy to watch those all day long.
42min: Still United's possession stands at 70 per cent, but I can't remember the last time a side did so little despite having so much of the ball.
Matthew Lowton attacks the right wing for Villa, but despite a cheeky nutmeg on Ferdinand, his eventual cross is cleared.
40min: Much to Rio Ferdinand's puzzling anger, the defender concedes a free-kick 30 yards out after tripping Benteke.
The set-piece is swung into the box but the visitors clear.
37min: First shot in anger from Villa as Stephen Ireland fires narrowly wide from distance across goal. David De Gea had it covered however.
35min: Excellent defending from Enda Stevens. The full-back stands his ground at left-back to not only prevent Valencia from sending in a cross, but he forces the winger to track back towards the halfway line.
The ball is instead switched to Young, whose through ball attempt only finds the hands of Guzan.
32min: The last few minutes have seen Villa camped inside their own half as they begin to struggle keeping possession.
The defence is holding firm for now though, blocking crosses from Evra and Antonio Valencia.
29min: Rooney and Van Persie finally combine on the edge of the box to thread through Young, but Ron Vlaar is first to the ball and wins a free-kick following an infringement from the former Villa winger.
26min: It's a slow tempo so far but this game remains intriguing as United start to make their class tell. For the record though, Guzan has had very little to do in the Villa goal.
23min: Some credit to the Aston Villa defence at this stage, they have kept Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney very quiet so far.
20min: The 19th minute comes and goes with the home fans applauding as a mark of respect to captain Stiliyan Petrov's battle with leukaemia.
Possession stats show Villa have only had 30 per cent of the ball but they have looked very threatening when they do have it.
17min: This is a great start from Paul Lambert's side but the final ball is lacking. Gabriel Agbonlahor has been found in space on the right flank a couple of times now, but his latest cross into the box is frustratingly behind Benteke. Lambert's frustration is visible to see.
Out of reach: Manchester United's Robin van Persie (white) battles with Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar
14min: Great opening for Villa, but naivety costs the hosts after Andreas Weimann storms through the centre.
With options to pass to his left and right the striker does neither and the the visitors block the Austrian's path into the 18-yard box.
12min: The game has evened out since United's confident start. Paul Scholes has even given the ball away but Patrice Evra was alert to put halt to any potential danger with a clearance to touch.
10min: From OptaJoe:
16 – Manchester United’s unbeaten run of 16 Premier League games at Villa Park is the longest unbeaten away run in PL history. Comfortable.
9min: Some pressure from Villa. United fail to clear a corner, and as the ball is headed back in, it falls for Christian Benteke.
The Belgian looks poised to score until Young quickly reacts to stab the ball behind for a corner which the visitors this time clear.
7min: From InfostradaLive:
Aston Villa’s starting line-up has an average age of 24 years and 61 days – their third-youngest ever in PL history, youngest since 2003.
6min: Young, still getting heavily booed, does well to cut inside from the left flank, but his 25-yard shot fails to trouble Guzan as it flies off target…much to the delight of the home crowd.
3min: United on top at the start as Michael Carrick heads a corner straight to Brad Guzan.
Ashley Young, on his return to Villa Park, is getting jeered by the home fans every time he touches the ball.
Kick-off: Away we go.
Mark of respect: Both teams paid a minute silence ahead of Remembrance Day
17.29: There was a minutes' silence as a mark for Remembrance Day, which is tomorrow, before kick-off, which sadly was interrupted a few times by the odd random shout. Disappointing to say the least.
17.24: The players are out at Villa Park. For all these negative stats against Aston Villa, remember Tottenham ended a recent hoodoo against Manchester United – all good runs come to an end at some point.
17.21: From InfostradaLive:
Manchester United have failed to score once in their last 15 PL visits to Villa Park. Villa have failed to score 10 times over the same period.
17.18: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to Sky Sports before the game:
'Chris Smalling available is a bonus with the defenders being injured so many times now.
'The experience in the midfield will be important to us, we’ve done well here because we have played well. I think the players enjoy the atmosphere.
17.15: Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and winger Nani are ruled out of the Barclays Premier League clash at Aston Villa with groin and hamstring injuries respectively.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson restores Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young and Robin Van Persie to the starting line-up after making changes for the mid-week Champions League win away to Braga.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hands a first Premier League start to left-back Enda Stevens.
The 22-year-old Irishman is given his opportunity with Joe Bennett ruled out through injury and Eric Lichaj suspended.
Trusted veteran: Paul Scholes (left) starts for Manchester United
17.12: Full line-ups from Villa Park:
Aston Villa v Man Utd
Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Stevens, Weimann, Westwood, Ireland, Bannan, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Given, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Holman, Delph, Bowery, Williams.
Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Smalling, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Young, Rooney, Van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Hernandez, Welbeck, Cleverley, Fletcher, Buttner.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
17.09: From OptaJoe:
1 – Aston Villa have won one of the last 33 Premier League meetings with Manchester United (W1 D9 L23). /11/09/article-2230485-15D401B0000005DC-887_634x490.jpg” width=”634″ height=”490″ alt=”Hotshot: Robin van Persie has scored eight goals in his last 10 Manchester United games” class=”blkBorder” />
Hotshot: Robin van Persie has scored eight goals in his last 10 Manchester United games