Aston Villa 0 - 1 United
Smalling Vida Rio(Giggs) Evra
Nani Carrick Jones Young(Welbeck)
A superb goal by Jones proved to be the winner as United emerged victorious by a single goal. United's play was quite good during the first half and it's a shame we couldn't translate our vivid grip hold of the game into chances and goals.
The biggest negative out of the game was Chicharito's ankle twist. He'll be out of action for more than a month. Ferdinand was withdrawn deep into the second half and I just hope it was just a precautionary substitution. With Rio back in shape and Vida in top form, we look rock solid at the back once again. We only conceded 1 goal(a penalty) in the last 4 premier league games! Each of our defenders put in a 7/8 out of 10 performance today, with Smalling being my man of the match. Another performance worth crediting is Lindegaard's. He looked assured in goal and I can say that we've got two very good goalies at our club.
Our title challengers all banged in the goals today while we won by the solitary goal. I don't really mind winning such games without really punishing our opponents. As I stated time and time again, a 1-0 win is equivalent to a 5-0 win in terms of points. However, I'd love to see the United we saw earlier this season again. We used to criticize Mourinho's Chelsea 4 years ago for failing to entertain with goals but it seems we're doing the same thing. Anyway, if all these 1-0 wins will eventually help us retain the title, then I won't complain! Massive week ahead.