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December 15, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 42682‎
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United

Danny Welbeck netted two first-half goals to put the visitors in a comfortable position before Tom Cleverley secured the victory after the break with his first strike of the season

By Tom Davis at Villa Park

  • Bradley Guzan
    0
    2
    2.50

    Bradley Guzan

    Not helped today as his defence were poor for all goals, leaving Januzaj unmarked for the first, failing to track Welbeck for the second and being caught too square for the third.

  • Nathan Baker
    1
    1
    2.00

    Nathan Baker

    Made a positive start with a strong tackle on Valencia but then at fault for the second as he gave the ball away in the build-up. Looked too slow, but his tackling was impressive.

  • Ciaran Clark
    0
    1
    2.50

    Ciaran Clark

    Probably the best of their defensive options today, his reading of the game was strong and he put in some well-placed headers.

  • Luna
    0
    1
    1.50

    Luna Flop of the Match

    Fragile and weak in the tackle on his return, easily brushed off the ball from Valencia and giving players far to much space to swing balls into the box.

  • Matthew Lowton
    0
    0
    1.50

    Matthew Lowton

    Returned to make his first start since September but didn't have the finest game, making heavy touches on the ball and booked for a late challenge on Januzaj with studs showing.

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    1
    1
    3.00

    Karim El Ahmadi

    By far the best of a midfield trio for his side, he put in a number of strong tackles and tried his best to fill the void going forward left vacant by Fabian Delph's suspension.

  • Marc Albrighton
    1
    0
    2.50

    Marc Albrighton

    First league start of the season and showed great energy as he hit two shots on target in the opening stages. Tried to make things happen with crosses into the box.

  • Ashley Westwood
    0
    3
    2.00

    Ashley Westwood

    Failed to track the run of Welbeck from deep for his second, nor even seem aware of his presence as his eyes were drawn to the ball.

  • Yacouba Sylla
    0
    0
    2.00

    Yacouba Sylla

    Didn't offer enough protection to the defence, particularly Luna on the left, despite his role requiring that out of the midfield three. Later taken out for Weimann.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    0
    1
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Made his 300th appearance and started with terrific enthusiasm only to see that squashed with two quick goals. Still worked hard throughout, however.

  • C. Benteke
    0
    0
    1.50

    C. Benteke

    No goal in over ten hours of football prior to kick-off and didn't look like resolving that with one today. Ineffective and later taken off for Kozak.

Substitutions

  • Leandro Bacuna
    0
    1

    Leandro Bacuna

    Dropped to the bench from his usual right-back position in favour of Lowton and later made an appearance in midfield in place of El Ahmadi with minutes left.

  • Andreas Weimann
    1
    2
    2.50

    Andreas Weimann

    Brought into the fray with his side 3-0 down as Lambert looked to match the opposition in formation. Nearly made an instant impact but saw his shot blocked.

  • Libor Kozák
    0
    0

    Libor Kozák

    Came on in place of Benteke with the game already lost at 3-0 but might have been a shout to start anyway given the Belgian's lack of form.

  • David de Gea
    4
    3
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Dealt with the early chances from Albrighton and El Ahmadi easily but was never really threatened.

  • Rafael
    3
    1
    3.00

    Rafael

    Never in much danger at right-back but did have to contend with the hard work and tracking back of Agbonlahor. Linked up well with Valencia on the right.

  • Patrice Evra
    2
    1
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    Involved in a late first-half confrontation after a challenge from Lowton but his on-pitch play was solid and he stood up strong to Albrighton on a couple occasions.

  • Phil Jones
    2
    2
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    Beaten in the air on a couple occasions against Benteke early on but as the striker's presence wilted, his game became easier.

  • Jonny Evans
    1
    1
    3.50

    Jonny Evans

    Looked assured at the back and comfortable on the ball too as his side put themselves back on winning ways in the league.

  • Ryan Giggs
    1
    3
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    A solid if unspectacular display from the veteran midfielder who was later replaced for Fletcher in the second half.

  • Tom Cleverley
    2
    0
    4.00

    Tom Cleverley

    He was given an easy game in midfield, allowed the time and space on the ball when sitting deep and even got himself on the scoresheet with a shot at the near post.

  • Antonio Valencia
    2
    0
    4.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Caused problems all game down the right-hand side with his direct running and set up the second with a fine cross.

  • Adnan Januzaj
    7
    3
    3.00

    Adnan Januzaj

    His unmarked header re-bounded off the post to help Welbeck find the first. Positive on the ball and later replaced for former Villa Park hero, Young.

  • Wayne Rooney
    3
    1
    3.50

    Wayne Rooney

    Made his 500th club appearance in style and could have scored himself but missed by inches. Played a fine ball through the defence to set-up Cleverley for their third .

  • Danny Welbeck
    3
    1
    4.50

    Danny Welbeck Top of the Match

    Made a terrific early start, reacting quick to poke the ball into the net for the first after it bounced off the post and then find the roof of the net with an outstretched leg for the second.

Substitutions

  • Ashley Young
    1
    1

    Ashley Young

    Entered the game from the bench in place of Januzaj and occupied the left wing.

  • Darren Fletcher
    3
    0

    Darren Fletcher

    Brought on as a second-half substitute to make his first league appearance for a year, receiving a terrific reception from the away fans.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0