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Premier League: Manchester United v Aston Villa


Robin van Persie celebrates his first goal of the night...
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Apr 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Van Persie thumps in his second after 13 mins. Sublime.
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Apr 22, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Van Persie completes his first-half hat-trick...
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Apr 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

The United players celebrate at the final whistle...
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Apr 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM

United celebrate after the final whistle...
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Apr 22, 2013 at 10:10 PM

  • The teams for tonight...

    Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Kagawa; Rooney, Van Persie.

    Aston Villa: Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett; Westwood, Delph; Weimann, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor; Benteke.
    4/22/2013 6:23:23 PM
  • 50 min: United have had two corners already this half but it's Villa now trying to work the ball around the park. Weimann crosses to the back post and De Gea flaps at it. It goes for a corner which is cleared off the line! And guess who's on the line? RVP!
    4/22/2013 8:07:58 PM
  • 52 min: Some Rooney stats - he's making his 400th appearance for United and he's scored 8 in his last 9 games against Villa. He'll need to get a bit further forward if he's to add to that tonight.
    4/22/2013 8:09:17 PM
  • 54 min: Benteke goes close. Rooney loses possession on the edge of the box and the ball comes to the Villa striker who shoots on the turn. De Gea does well to get down to it.
    4/22/2013 8:11:35 PM

  • I just hope benteke scores because then I'll be happy #bets ip via Twitter at 9:11 PM

    Villa need to keep getting the ball to benteke fried chicken because he's awesome The Original Faggio via Twitter at 9:11 PM

    Benteke your not beating de gea tonight sorry Umar_locc via Twitter at 9:11 PM

    <b>46 min: </b>Second half under way... El Ahmadi is on for Villa. 

    4/22/2013 8:12:17 PM
  • 58 min: Villa looking much better this half. More comfortable on the ball and being more patient with it. Not leading to many chances though.
    4/22/2013 8:15:30 PM
  • Some hat-trick/RVP stats from Opta...
    506 - It is 506 days since a player scored 4+ goals in a Premier League game (Yakubu for Blackburn vs Swansea). Target. OptaJoe via Twitter at 9:01 PM

    11 - The five players to have more PL hat-tricks than RVP are Shearer (11), Fowler (9), Owen (8), Henry (8) & Rooney (6). Stellar. OptaJoe via Twitter at 8:37 PM

    5 - Robin van Persie has now scored five PL hat-tricks, drawing level with Andy Cole, D Berbatov, Ian Wright & R van Nistelrooy. Fab. OptaJoe via Twitter at 8:36 PM

    72 - Since January 1st 2011, Robin van Persie has scored 72 goals in 89 Premier League appearances. Rampant. OptaJoe via Twitter at 8:51 PM
    4/22/2013 8:18:05 PM
  • He's old enough to be your father! Ryan Giggs (39) takes on Matthew Lowton (23)...

    4/22/2013 8:21:03 PM
  • 64 min: RVP nearly turns provider. Rooney shoots from range. It's blocked. But the ball runs to van Persie who crosses it back in and Rooney takes it first time but sends it high and wide.
    4/22/2013 8:22:18 PM
  • 68 min: Has the feel of a keep-ball session at the moment. Both teams looking to hold on to the ball when in possession without really going anywhere with it. Villa fans are now cheering every pass. And they nearly had something to cheer without any irony with Weimann almosy putting it beyond De Gea. Unfortunately he put it beyond the post as well.
    4/22/2013 8:25:57 PM
  • 71 min: Giggs goes more direct, running at the defence before finding Kagawa in the box. The Japan international tries some nifty tricks. But they're not nearly nifty enough.
    4/22/2013 8:28:28 PM
  • 72 min: Nearly 4-0. Rooney puts a corner in and it comes off the inside of Evans' heel and nearly goes into the corner. It's cleared away though. And that'll be Rooney's last contribution. He's taken off for Welbeck.
    4/22/2013 8:30:01 PM
  • 74 min: Agbonlahor surges into the box but the angle becomes too tight and his cross is intercepted by De Gea. Keep ball time again for United with the fans raising their voices inside Old Trafford as they begin to see the clock nearing 90 minutes.
    4/22/2013 8:31:47 PM
  • 76 min: Great shot from El Ahmadi. It comes from range and is dipping under the bar, only for De Gea to tip it over.
    4/22/2013 8:33:13 PM
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