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November 10, 2012 5:30 PM GMT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 40538‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 2-3 Manchester United

Chicharito changes the game with two second-half goals and a deflected effort, giving Sir Alex Ferguson's men a crucial win which keeps the Red Devils top of the Premier League

By Liam Twomey at Villa Park

  • Bradley Guzan
    19
    44
    2.50

    Bradley Guzan

    Made some decent saves and commanded his area well, but could do nothing to stop Chicharito turning the tide of the match.

  • Ciaran Clark
    18
    45
    2.00

    Ciaran Clark

    Fared reasonably well in the first half up against Van Persie and Rooney, but the introduction of Chicharito at the interval was a threat too far.

  • Enda Stevens
    15
    42
    2.00

    Enda Stevens

    Repelled the dual threat of Valencia and Rafael admirably in the first half, but was overwhelmed after the break by the tide of crosses which often makes United so dangerous.

  • Ron Vlaar
    25
    47
    2.50

    Ron Vlaar

    Lived up to his promise of taking on Van Persie without fear – and without swapping shirts at half time – and also provided a threat from attacking set-pieces. His weaknesses began to be exposed by the livewire Chicharito in the second half though.

  • Matthew Lowton
    12
    43
    2.50

    Matthew Lowton

    Apart from a couple of reckless – and almost certainly pre-meditated – challenges on Young early on, he generally handled the England man quite well.

  • Ashley Westwood
    8
    26
    2.00

    Ashley Westwood

    Less showy than his midfield partner Bannan, but did a solid job in the first half, although he could not prevent Villa’s midfield being overrun after the break.

  • Barry Bannan
    29
    37
    2.50

    Barry Bannan

    Looked as tidy as ever on the ball and his delivery from set-pieces was invariably dangerous.

  • Stephen Ireland
    45
    36
    3.00

    Stephen Ireland

    Used the ball time and again with intelligence and ambition, and did not lose heart when let down by his more wayward team-mates. Is beginning to look his old self again, though his influence waned after the interval as United took control.

  • C. Benteke
    83
    28
    3.50

    C. Benteke

    Led the line superbly. Occasionally appeared clumsy in his work, but showed great strength to bully Smalling off the ball and tee up Weimann for Villa’s first, and his clever dummy was instrumental in the second. It’s easy to see why he has usurped Bent on this form.

  • Andreas Weimann
    100
    25
    4.00

    Andreas Weimann

    Worked his socks off on the right flank, exploited Evra’s poor positioning on a couple of occasions, repeatedly drifted into dangerous areas and took his goals superbly. Unlucky not to have had a hat-trick, seeing his firm header parried away by De Gea.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    44
    34
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Found only blind alleys early on, but as the game opened out his searing pace and direct running became a key factor. Drilled in a fantastic low cross to set up Weimann’s second.

Substitutions

  • Brett Holman
    9
    38
    0.00

    Brett Holman

    Brought on for Weimann with 10 minutes left to try and shore things up as United pushed for a winner.

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    10
    37
    0.00

    Karim El Ahmadi

    Replaced a tired Ireland with 10 minutes left, but could not prevent his side slumping to defeat.

  • Fabian Delph
    10
    34
    0.00

    Fabian Delph

    Came on for Bannan with three minutes left.

  • David de Gea
    269
    47
    2.50

    David de Gea

    Perhaps beaten too easily in the centre of his goal for Weimann’s first, but could do nothing about the Austrian’s second and made a good reflex stop to deny him his hat-trick.

  • Rafael
    243
    30
    2.50

    Rafael

    Showed a typical willingness to get forward at every opportunity, but his attacking instincts occasionally got the better of him, and he was caught out badly for Villa’s second. Swung a superb cross to the back post for Chicharito’s equaliser, though.

  • Patrice Evra
    167
    73
    2.00

    Patrice Evra

    Still a threat going forward, but it is beginning to feel like he may never get back to his tenacious defensive best. Troubled by Weimann all evening.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    200
    42
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Not directly at fault for either of Villa’s goals, and otherwise marshalled a fragile United defence reasonably well.

  • Chris Smalling
    140
    118
    2.00

    Chris Smalling

    Outmuscled too easily by Benteke in the build-up to Villa’s opener. Looked reasonably assured on the ball, but still does not look entirely up to speed this season.

  • Antonio Valencia
    205
    47
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Struggled to make any headway himself against Stevens, but his clever movement inside allowed an overlapping Rafael the chance to swing in some decisive crosses.

  • Michael Carrick
    169
    57
    2.50

    Michael Carrick

    Calm and economical on the ball, but occasionally slowed United’s play too much, particularly in the first half.

  • Ashley Young
    89
    205
    1.50

    Ashley Young Flop of the Match

    Kicked and booed from pillar to post from the outset, he never got into the game and it was no surprise when he was hauled off at the interval.

  • Paul Scholes
    317
    64
    3.50

    Paul Scholes

    Another midfield masterclass from the evergreen maestro. His passing was so exquisite that one misplaced pass in the first half was greeted with a gasp of surprise. Two Villa goals failed to rattle him, and his pass to set up Chicharito’s first was a work of art.

  • Wayne Rooney
    290
    54
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Sometimes his play seems too controlled and, instead of shooting, he passes to inferior players. That said, he played smartly and his incisive ball inside the full-back led to Chicharito’s equaliser.

  • Robin van Persie
    356
    35
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Not his most spectacular day, but it might have been had he not been cruelly denied by the crossbar twice. His movement, awareness and technique were all first rate.

Substitutions

  • Anderson
    261
    17

    Anderson

    Replaced Rooney with around 10 minutes remaining to give United fresh legs in the centre of midfield.

  • Tom Cleverley
    251
    25

    Tom Cleverley

    Replaced the tiring Scholes with 20 minutes left and his energy and dynamism provided a new weapon for the resurgent United.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    803
    32
    4.50

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez Top of the Match

    Replaced the ineffective Young at half time and, quite simply, changed the game. His take and finish from Scholes’ lofted pass were sublime, and he earned the luck he got through Vlaar’s unfortunate deflection for the equaliser with his world-class movement in the penalty area. That he should get the winner was inevitable.

Results
 
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Striker
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15 0