BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on December 3, 2011 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Was it as bad for you as it was for me? For what means like the 15th time this month, United beat an inferior opponent 1-0. In all actuality it is the 4th time in 5 Premier League matches, but you get the point.
United dominated possession for the first 45 minutes and deserved the goal that came after 20 minutes. Nani delivered a nice cross from the left to a completely unmarked midfield playing Phil Jones in the center of the box. He calmly finished with a volley that Shay Given had no chance of saving. United continued to dominate possession and totaled 7 shots on goal through the first period but couldn't find a second, and didn't really even come close. The first half also saw Javier Hernandez stretchered off with an apparently serious ankle injury after only 6 minutes. More from Alex Ferguson in the presser.
The second half can simply be summed up as awful. United lost the possession advantage they had in the first half and let Aston Villa begin to create chances, while the Red Devils never really threatened. I'm sure Gene will have more on this in the review but there was minimal movement from the United front 4 and no creativity through the midfield.
At the end of the day let's all be happy Manchester United got 3 points. The rest of the table is catching up and Spurs only sit 2 points back with a game in hand. The runaway of the Manchester clubs in the premier league isn't taking shape, as expected.