No wonder Fergie's upset as Villa end United hoodoo
By Villa reporter
Saturday 12 Dec 2009 22:20:00
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You know you have done your job at Old Trafford when Sir Alex Ferguson is left to complain about timekeeping and the officials afterwards.

So it was as Gabby Agbonlahor’s goal gave Villa their first victory over United in a decade and their first victory at Old Trafford since 1983, to move Martin O’Neill’s team above Arsenal and Spurs into third place.

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The winner came just vbefore the midway point of the first half.

Ashley Young and Agbonlahor combined well with the latter played the ball out wide to Young, whose return cross was headed in by the striker, who had timed his run well into the box.

United had chances to hit back, but were by no means all over Villa for the remainder of the game.

Wayne Rooney smashed a shot against the underside of the bar while Dimitar Berbatov should have made a better connection when a pass found him free in the box.

But every man battled for every ball for Villa and their hard work deserved the victory.

Villa boss Martin O’Neill praised his team for their ‘clever’ approach to the game and said: ‘There is a good confidence about the team and great ability.

‘There's a fine set of players coming through. If on the day we're capable of scoring goals then I think we have a chance. Just recently we've tightened up a wee bit and that's made a marked improvement.

‘Manchester United penned us in and that caused us a few problems, but when we broke we still had a little chance to do something.

‘We had a bit of luck when [Wayne] Rooney hit the bar and perhaps after what's happened in the past on trips here we deserved that little bit of luck.

‘It's a great win for us, gives us a boost of confidence but we have a difficult programme between now and the new year.’

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