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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Man United
1Van der Sar
22O'Shea
5Ferdinand
3Evra
17Nani
15Vidicgoal
16Carrick
24Fletchersub8
11Giggs
9Berbatov
10Rooneygoalgoal
Subs:
20Fabio
8Andersonsub24
14Hernandez
7Owen
18Scholes
12Smalling
13Lindegaard
Aston Villa
24Friedel
28Walker
5Dunne
19Collins
6Clark
17Makoun
19Petrovsub11
12Albrightonsub18
18Young
19Downingsub19
9Bentgoal
Subs:
33Marshall
24Cuellar
19Reo-Cokersub19
18Heskeysub12
14Delfouneso
11Agbonlahorsub19
8Pires

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Edwin van der Sar – Showed exactly why he’ll be missed; distribution, organisation and authority. Bent's goal apart, he barely had a shot to save all night because of his marshalling, and got United off to the perfect start with an incredible 70-yard assist inside a minute.

John O’Shea – Solid as a rock. Kept the lively Albrighton on a short leash throughout and allowed very little danger to pass down his flank. Young provided a different challenge, but Sheasy was up to the task.

Nemanja Vidic - Copy and paste the skipper’s review from any game this season. As ever, utterly imperious.

Rio Ferdinand – Everything you would expect. Cool and calm throughout, but no nonsense when the situation called for decisive action. Gave Bent almost nothing.

Patrice Evra – Magnificent. Linked up superbly with Giggs and joined several attacks. Only denied a fine goal by Friedel’s smart stop. The all-action approach also extended to his defensive work – though he was one of those caught out in the build-up to Bent’s goal.

Nani – Such a thorn in Villa’s side. Ciaran Clark had a tough evening against the winger, who put in a perfect cross for Rooney’s second on the stroke of half-time.

Michael Carrick – Despite a mid-match change of midfield partner, Carrick was the understated hub of United’s game. Decisive with possession and effective defensively, he operated well in a withdrawn role.

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