Man United (3) vs (1) Aston Villa
Venue: Old Trafford (Home)
Date: 1 February 2011
United (Rooney 1&45, Vidic 62)
Aston Villa (Bent 57)
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.
|Wayne Rooney got back amongst the goals inside the first minute against Villa|
|The striker celebrates with the fans|
|Rooney added a second on the stroke of half-time|
|Nani congratulates Rooney on the striker's|
|Nemanja Vidic fired a superb third goal for the Reds|
|Rio and Patrice congratulate Nemanja after his goal in front of the Stetford End|
Glory Glory Man United!!