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Man United   0

22 November 2008 Villa Park | Attendance 42,585

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24Friedel
18Young
5Laursen
15Daviesyellow card
18Barry
7Sidwellsub10
19Petrov
19Reo-Coker
7Milner
11Agbonlahor
18Young
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22Guzan
12Knight
9Harewood
8Gardner
10Carewsub7
17Salifou
3Shorey
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1Van der Sar
22O'Shea
5Ferdinand
15Vidic
3Evra
7Ronaldosub8
16Carrick
11Giggs
7Park
10Rooney
32Tevezsub17
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8Andersonsub7
17Nanisub32
19Welbeck
2Rafael
6Evans
28Gibson
29Kuszczak

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Edwin van der Sar – A superb, composed display from the Dutchman, who made one particularly world-class save as Ashley Young’s cross drifted towards the top corner.

John O’Shea – An excellent outing for the Irishman, who largely snuffed out the permanent menace of Villa’s wingers and bombed forward in support of the Reds' attack.

Rio Ferdinand – A welcome return after a back injury, the towering defender made a vital late interception from James Milner’s cross and was a calming influence at the back.

Nemanja Vidic – Charged with keeping an eye on the fleet feet of Gabriel Agbonlahor, the Serb was superb. Perhaps a touch fortunate to avoid being penalised for tugging Agbonlahor’s shirt, but earned his luck with a magnificent display.

Patrice Evra – Despite taking a battering at times, the Frenchman was up and down the left flank all evening, repelling the hosts’ threats and trying in vain to inspire a United breakthrough.

Cristiano Ronaldo – A stunning first-half drive brought the best out of Brad Friedel, but otherwise the winger found a frustrating week capped by a posse of Villa defenders and a late knee injury.

Michael Carrick – Calm and composed in the centre against the impressive Gareth Barry, the England midfielder was unfortunate that Wayne Rooney couldn’t convert his delightful second-half through-ball.

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