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Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United

Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao made his fourth league start for Manchester United and scored his second goal
  • Falcao header cancels out Benteke goal
  • Man Utd denied seventh straight win
  • Agbonlahor sent off in second half
  • United third, seven points off top

Ten-man Aston Villa ended Manchester United's six-game winning run with a hard-earned draw at Villa Park.

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Aston Villa 1-1 Man Utd: Never a sending off - Paul Lambert

United dominated possession but fell behind to Christian Benteke's superb left-foot strike before Radamel Falcao headed them level after the break.

Gabriel Agbonlahor was dismissed for a challenge on Ashley Young, prompting United pressure and Michael Carrick's header was cleared off the line.

They could not force a winner and sit seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

The Blues could extend that lead if they win their game in hand at Stoke on Monday and United will look back at a timid first-half display as costly.

Manager Louis van Gaal asked his side to be better with ball before kick-off and they obliged with 76% of possession in the opening half an hour.

But against a Villa side without seven players because of injury or suspension, their dominance did not lead to clear-cut chances early on and they fell behind to Benteke's clinical finish.

David Beckham and Gary Neville
Aston Villa's last home win against Manchester United arrived in 1995, prompting Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen to state United would win nothing with kids

He collected Fabian Delph's long free-kick to pull down inside the box, create space and fire into the top corner, giving fans hope of a first home win over United since 1995.

Villa's record is abysmal against the Red Devils, with just one win in 38 league outings and they will look to a smart David De Gea save from Benteke's early second-half header as a pivotal moment.

Not used to seeing red...
Gabriel Agbonlahor was sent off for the first time in his 289-game Premier League career.

From there on, United - operating a 3-4-3 system with Wayne Rooney in midfield - looked more probing and after Juan Mata and Robin van Persie were denied by keeper Brad Guzan, Falcao broke through.

His second goal for United arrived on his fourth league start and his header from Young's cross showcased the predator-like finishing he became so sought after for at Atletico Madrid.

In addition to earning a point, he completed 93% of his passes on the day and played a full 90 minutes for the first time but could not serve up a winner.

Lambert leapt from his bench in protest when Agbonlahor was shown a red card for what appeared an honest challenge on his former team-mate Young but the Villa boss will be delighted with the resilience his side showed thereafter.

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Aston Villa 1-1 Man Utd: Louis van Gaal 'frustrated'

Villa are the lowest-scoring side in England's top four divisions but defended admirably late on to move 12th in the table.

In the circumstances, they will likely be thrilled with a point, but United have now not lost in 19 games at Villa Park - the longest unbeaten away run in any fixture in top-flight history.

Carrick - again used in central defence - glanced a header goalwards from a corner but saw Jores Okore hook his effort clear and though Angel Di Maria was introduced from the bench, added cutting edge failed to materialise.

James Wilson also appeared from the bench and tested Guzan late on but Villa held out for a first point against United since 2010.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "We highlighted at the beginning we were down to bare bones in a system we weren't used to playing but I thought we looked great.

"I didn't think it was a sending off to be fair. Ashley Young has said to Brad Guzan that he made the foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. That was not a sending off, everyone in the ground saw that.

"We changed the way we played, our passing was a lot better and we always have a threat up front. Look at the team, no Cleverley, Hutton, seven of them, a fantastic point."

Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke's goal was his second of the season and arrived after Manchester United had dominated possession
Gary Lineker twitter
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker was quick to praise Benteke's opening goal
radamel Falcao scores
Falcao scored early in the second half to notch his second goal in his last two starts for Manchester United
Aston Villa's players protest
Aston Villa faced over 25 minutes with 10 men when Gabriel Agbonlahor was sent off

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1GuzanBooked at 75mins
  • 34Lowton
  • 5Okore
  • 4Vlaar
  • 6Clark
  • 23CissokhoSubstituted forBacunaat 80'minutes
  • 10WeimannSubstituted forN'Zogbiaat 80'minutes
  • 16Delph
  • 24Sánchez
  • 20Benteke
  • 11AgbonlahorBooked at 65mins

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 17Herd
  • 28N'Zogbia
  • 31Given
  • 37Robinson
  • 39Calder
  • 40Grealish

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 4Jones
  • 16Carrick
  • 6Evans
  • 25A ValenciaSubstituted forWilsonat 74'minutes
  • 24FletcherSubstituted forBlackettat 45'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 10Rooney
  • 18Young
  • 8Mata
  • 20van PersieSubstituted forDi Maríaat 61'minutes
  • 9Falcao

Substitutes

  • 2Rafael
  • 7Di María
  • 11Januzaj
  • 13Lindegaard
  • 33McNair
  • 42Blackett
  • 49Wilson
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
41,273

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester United 1.

Attempt saved. James Wilson (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Carrick.

Attempt saved. Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa).

Foul by Jonny Evans (Manchester United).

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

Offside, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna tries a through ball, but Charles N'Zogbia is caught offside.

Offside, Aston Villa. Fabian Delph tries a through ball, but Charles N'Zogbia is caught offside.

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Aly Cissokho.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Charles N'Zogbia replaces Andreas Weimann.

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Manchester United).

Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jores Okore.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Booking

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Tyler Blackett (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Manchester United).

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. James Wilson replaces Antonio Valencia.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Wayne Rooney.

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Falcao.

Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea16123136132339
2Man City17123236142239
3Man Utd1795330181232
4West Ham1794429191031
5Southampton1792628131529
6Tottenham178362223-127
7Arsenal167542819926
8Swansea177462219325
9Newcastle166551822-423
10Everton175662727021
11Liverpool166371922-321
12Aston Villa175571121-1020
13Stoke165471821-319
14West Brom174581723-617
15QPR1752102032-1217
16Sunderland1621041424-1016
17Crystal Palace173681927-815
18Burnley173681226-1415
19Hull172781524-913
20Leicester1724111529-1410
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