Saturday 13 January 2007
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
(Park 11, Carrick 13, Ronaldo 35)
ASTON VILLA 1
United: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick (O’Shea 80), Scholes, Park (Saha 65), Rooney, Larsson (Solskjaer 80).
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Giggs.
The two sides had met in the FA Cup third round the previous Sunday, when the Reds had been pushed all the way before securing a 2-1 win.
This time it was much more routine however. Inspired by Paul Scholes, United took the lead when Ji-sung Park fired low into the corner after future England defender Gary Cahill fluffed his clearance.
Michael Carrick opened his account for the Reds to double the lead shortly afterwards, before Cristiano Ronaldo headed in the third. Gabriel Agbonlahor pulled one back for Villa in the second half, but it proved no more than a consolation.