Premier Reserve League Playoff
Old Trafford, 3 May 2010
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
Diouf (43, 88), Macheda (pen 60)
ASTON VILLA 3
Delfouneso (22, 55), Clark (82)
United win 3-2 on penalties
United: Foster; Rafael, De Laet, Gill, Dudgeon; Stewart (Obertan 55, W Keane 76), C Evans, Possebon, Norwood (Pogba 87); Diouf, Macheda.
Subs not used: Zieler, Wootton.
Video: Extended highlights
United edged an enthralling Barclays Premier Reserve League Play-Off Final against Aston Villa, thrice recovering from falling behind before eventually taking the title in a nerve-shredding penalty shootout.
Mame Biram Diouf's double and a Kiko Macheda penalty kept United in the contest during normal time, but goalkeeper Ben Foster was the shootout hero; making two saves and scoring what proved to be the winning kick.
Villa can consider themselves unfortunate to taste defeat after putting in an excellent shift at Old Trafford, but United's never-say-die mantra ultimately won the day.
Mindful of the fixture's prestige, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Warren Joyce named a side featuring several players with first team experience. Most surprisingly, Rafael came in for his first Reserves appearance of 2010 at right-back.
Nevertheless, Villa made by far the brighter start to the game. Marc Albrighton and Ciaran Clark had already passed up half-chances before Delfouneso missed a jaw-dropping sitter. Albrighton's superb back-post cross was nodded across goal by Dominik Hofbauer, only for Villa's number 9 to nod over the open goal from four yards.