Well done Villains. You took your chance, we didn’t take ours, and we missed out. On a weekend full of surprises (read: Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea) United had a golden opportunity to take full advantage of a weekend of dropped points. Instead we chose to drop them ourselves.
Not to say that Villa didn’t deserve the points, but we did have our chances. Once Gabby headed Ashley Young’s perfectly place cross into the goal in front of the Stretford faithful, Martin O’Neil called his best defensive strategy into action. For well over 50 minutes of the game, Villa played with all 11 players behind the ball, and most of them content to sit in the penalty box. With that Andy gave me an early Christmas present; a bitter defeat laying in a box full of Acorns.