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
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.