Had no chance against Jones’ volley but saved from Nani soon after before injuring himself stretching to make a clearance and having to hobble off in the first half. A big blow for Alex McLeish if it is serious.
Left without much support from Albrighton, the Scot often found himself all alone against Young. Most of the United attacks came down his side and although positionally he kept his discipline, he was unable to make much impression on the match.
Faired better than his defensive colleague and looked sharp at the back, but could possibly have got to Nani’s cross before Jones did. Was a threat in the air going forward but failed to hit the target.
Dealt well with Valencia very well, keeping things tight down his side, and made a superb challenge on Rooney in the area. Proved to be defensively strong but his distribution sometimes let him down.
As a former Manchester City player Dunne would have been desperate to put one over United but his outstretched leg missed the ball allowing Jones to score and he made a meal of another clearance moments later which nearly saw Nani double the lead. Improved in the second half and caused problems in United's area from corners.
The creative player in a midfield three but rarely got forward and could not give any support to Bent. Was not as sharp with his passing as normal which let him down.
Has received wide praise from his manager for his tenacity and you can see why, but he failed to pick up the United players who found themselves in between attack and midfield, allowing them too much space to dictate play. Went off with what looked like a thigh injury.
Many will remember the goal he scored against United at Old Trafford for Newcastle and although he didn’t repeat those heroics on his first start for the club, he gave support to Agbonlahor on the left wherever possible. Was starved of possession too often and hobbled off as well.
Given a rare chance to stake his claim on the right, he was unable to reproduce his goal from this fixture last year as he found himself isolated on the right and unable to get at Evra at all. Failed to track back on occasions as well.
The striker must be getting fed up of the lack of support he is getting up front for club and country as he was again left on his own to try and take on Vidic and Ferdinand, with a number of aerial balls coming his way.
Won his fair share of aerial duels against Smalling but often found two men on him as he tried to cut in from the left. Still looked Villa’s biggest threat by a distance, at least until Heskey came on.
A surprise inclusion into the team but he found himself having more touches of the ball than most of the Villa side due to United’s dominance. Tipped over one header which was almost the only time he was called upon.
Dominant in the air against Bent, the Serb made a United defence which has been struggling defensively at times look remarkably solid. His presence makes a world of difference as it would to any side.
Was most likely deployed as a holding midfielder, but found himself in the area to tuck home Nani’s cross and was only denied by a great Collins tackle in the area. Looked at home alongside Carrick and defended well when pushed back alongside Vidic.
Showed his worth going forward in the build-up to Jones’ goal but also proved able to prevent Albrighton from getting many deliveries into the area.
With Vidic dealing with Bent, Ferdinand had a fairly quiet evening with nobody able to break from midfield and cause him any problems.
Had the unenviable task of facing up to Agbonlahor but the former Fulham man is no slouch himself and was able to deal with his threat very well.
A mixed reaction for the former Villa man on his return to his former stomping ground which didn’t appear to faze him but this was far from his best performance in a United shirt as he struggled to get on the ball enough and his set-piece deliveries were not the most dangerous. Only shot on target failed to trouble Guzan.
Saw plenty of the ball in the first half and kept it fairly well but he seemed to fade as the game went on and was outperformed by Jones who looked more of a threat going forward.
Started on the right but drifted into space and found himself on the left to deliver the cross for Jones’ goal, before finding himself in acres of space minutes later only to see his header saved.
Has scored four of United's last six goals but Chicharito left the field with a nasty looking off-the-ball injury which left him clutching his hamstring and saw him stretchered off.
Even with Hernandez going off, Rooney found himself dropping deep but he linked up well with the other attacking players and even started the build-up to Jones’ goal from on the left. A bustling, high-energy performance with some brilliant passes, but yet another game without a goal.
Replaced Given in the first half but found himself better supported by his defence than the Irishman and had little to do apart from save an easy shot from Young.
- 24 Carlos Cuéllar
- 21 C. Clark
- 7 S. Ireland
- 19 S. Petrov
Came on with Villa lacking ideas up front and he got stuck in as always, but when provided with a free-header at the back post he failed to hit the target.
- 1 De Gea
Came on for Hernandez and looked bright straight away after going straight on to the right. Hit a screamer from 25 yards which flew just over the bar and looked dangerous on the right but was well dealt with by Warnock who had an excellent game. Typically tracked back well to assist Smalling.
- 6 J. Evans
- 13 Ji-Sung Park
Came on for Ferdinand and looked comfortable in possession when breaking forward.
- 24 D. Fletcher
Gave the ball away in a dangerous position immediately after coming on but soon found himself in Villa's penalty area although Collins made some good challenges to dispossess him.