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Man United   1

Jones (20)

3 DECEMBER 2011, VILLA PARK Attendance: 40,053

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Aston Villa
1Givensub22
2Hutton
5Dunne
19Collins
25Warnock
31Herdsub19
17Jenassub18
25Bannan
11Agbonlahor
9Bent
12Albrighton
Subs:
7Ireland
16Delph
18Heskeysub17
19Petrovsub31
6Clark
22Guzansub1
24Cuellar
Man United
13Lindegaard
12Smalling
15Vidic
5Ferdinandsub11
3Evra
17Nani
16Carrick
4Jonesgoal
18Youngsub19
10Rooney
14Hernandezsub7
Subs:
1De Gea
6Evans
11Giggssub5
7Park
19Welbecksub18
24Fletcher
7Valenciasub14

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Anders Lindegaard: Another clean sheet for the Dane who seems to make a habit of stacking up shut-outs. Came out to fist the ball away on occasions but was rarely troubled by the lacklustre home side. His best save was a tip-over from a James Collins header in the second half but he'll have busier days.

Chris Smalling: Handled the speedy Gabriel Agbonlahor magnificently, making an early challenge to set out a marker and even outpacing the Villa star at one point. Always physical and stuck to his man throughout. A real talent who seems to love defending.

Nemanja Vidic: His powerful header away in the dying seconds, which also happened to pick out a team-mate, sums up the captain's contribution. A huge influence at the back and incredibly consistent, he was badly missed in the defeat to City but took care of Darren Bent all evening.

Rio Ferdinand: Unflappable and largely untested in his 64 minutes on the pitch. A neat ball wide to Ashley Young was one of many accurate passes and he snuffed out Villa's threat with ease, moving across to the flanks when necessary to use his experience.

Patrice Evra: Handled Marc Albrighton well and performed his defensive duties with minimum fuss. One needless concession of a corner aside, he was largely flawless and one intelligent header down the line to Young was an example of the support he provides to those going forward. Indeed, it was his pass to Nani that led to Phil Jones' goal.

Nani: Switched to a more central role after the injury to Javier Hernandez and buzzed around causing problems for the static central defenders. Instantly looking dangerous, it was his excellent cross that allowed Jones to net

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