Man United   3

Rooney (1, 45), Vidic (62)

Aston Villa   1

Bent (57)

1 FEBRUARY 2011, OLD TRAFFORD ATTENDANCE 75,256

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22O'Shea
5Ferdinand
3Evra
17Nani
15Vidicgoal
16Carrick
24Fletchersub8
11Giggs
9Berbatov
10Rooneygoalgoal
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20Fabio
8Andersonsub24
14Hernandez
7Owen
18Scholes
12Smalling
13Lindegaard
Aston Villa
24Friedel
28Walker
5Dunne
19Collins
6Clark
17Makoun
19Petrovsub11
12Albrightonsub18
18Young
19Downingsub19
9Bentgoal
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33Marshall
24Cuellar
19Reo-Cokersub19
18Heskeysub12
14Delfouneso
11Agbonlahorsub19
8Pires

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01/02/2011 22:00, Report by Nick Coppack
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United 3 Aston Villa 1

Wayne Rooney scored twice as the Reds beat Aston Villa 3-1 and extended United’s unbeaten league run to 29 games, equalling a club record set in 1999.

Last season’s top scorer hasn’t had much joy in front of goal this season, but Rooney netted twice before the interval to set Sir Alex’s men on the road to victory once again.

The only surprise, given recent events, was that United didn’t come from behind and neither Javier Hernandez nor Dimitar Berbatov got on the scoresheet.

In fact, despite goals in United’s last two fixtures, the Mexican striker again had to settle for a spot on the bench as Sir Alex kept faith with his first-choice (if not always firing) strike partnership.

The decision paid immediate dividends, as Rooney rattled the back of the net inside a minute with a volley from just inside the penalty area. The goal owed as much to Edwin van der Sar’s quick thinking, though, as it did to Rooney’s deft first touch and subsequent piledriver finish.

Van der Sar may be 40 and retiring at the end of the season, but his mind remains sharp. When the Reds won a free-kick 20 yards from Edwin’s goal, there appeared no danger to Aston Villa. But the Dutchman spotted Rooney loitering on the shoulder of Richard Dunne and sent a 70-yard pass over the visitors’ defence. From there, Rooney brought the ball down with feather-like touch before hammering the bouncing ball past Brad Friedel.

The goal rocked Villa and, for the next 10 minutes, it looked as though United may go further ahead. Rooney, in particular, looked well and truly in

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