Sunday, 15 December 2013

Aston Villa 0 - Manchester United 3: Who needs RVP?

Aston Villa 0 - Manchester United 3: Who needs RVP? Welbeck galvanises Manchester United

DANNY WELBECK stepped up to the plate in Robin van Persie's absence as Manchester United strolled to a comfortable victory against Aston Villa this afternoon.

Danny Welbeck celebrates after putting Manchester United ahead

Welbeck produced two clinical first-half finishes
as United coped without their Dutch marksman.
With van Persie out for up to eight games with a thigh strain, Welbeck's selection seemed a gamble but Moyes' decision was vindicated.
Aston Villa started on the front foot and had a lot of joy on the left flank in the opening stages.
Marc Albrighton, who was handed a rare start by Paul Lambert, tested David de Gea in the 4th minute when he engineered some room in the penalty area and fired low but the Spaniard was equal to the effort.

Albrighton was given another sighter of goal six minutes later, but he failed to get hold of his shot and De Gea saved comfortably.
But United broke the deadlock five minutes later through Welbeck. Rafael surged down the right hand flank and whipped in a ball for Adnan Januzaj, who saw his header cannon off the post. Welbeck was the quickest on the scene and he acrobatically volleyed past Brad Guzan.
United were more penetrating in their play and they gave themselves a two-goal cushion three minutes later. Antonio Valencia this time burst past his marker and drilled the ball into Welbeck, who clipped the ball into the corner of the net with the outside of his boot.
Wayne Rooney should have marked his 500th career appearance in the Premier League with a goal in the 27th minute but dragged his effort just wide of the post before Welbeck scuffed a shot wide to see a hat-trick go begging.
Danny Welbeck, Manchester United, MUFC, Aston Villa, AVFC
United didn't let up and they wrapped up proceedings six minutes after the restart. The much-maligned Tom Cleverley picked up Wayne Rooney's exquisite pass and fired a low past Brad Guzan that beat him at the near post for his first goal of the season.
Darren Fletcher replaced Ryan Giggs for the past 20 minutes and was given an excellent reception by the away supporters.
It was a welcome win for David Moyes' side who avoided the ignominy of three defeats on the spin.
But Villa's hoodoo against United at Villa Park continues.


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