Once again the Reds were let off the hook as defender Nemanja Vidic equalised with only 5 minutes left in the game to give his side a lucky point. To be honest, despite all the problems Wayne Rooney might be experiencing, the Red Devils are truly missing his services.
Makes one wonder how lethal a Rooney-Chacharito strike partnership can benefit United. Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to praise Aston Villa admitting in the process that the score margin could have been far wider.
“Credit to Aston Villa, they got stuck in and tackled and fought and the crowd kept them going. It made it a very difficult game for us,”
“Villa never allowed us time to sit on the ball and they hit us on the counter-attack time and time again. We could have lost by six or seven goals in the second half.”
United desperately needed a win to cut Chelsea lead a top the Premier League table and also increase the pressure on the Blues ahead of their tricky fixture against Sunderland.
Chelsea are in the midst of tumoil after assistant coach Ray Wilkins was sacked late last week. Apparently, Ancelotti who has had nothing but kind words for the Wilkins was powerless to do anything about it.
Conflicting reports suggest that Wilkins received a call from Chelsea Chief executive Ron Gourlay terminating his association with the club while other reports state that the former ex-England midfielder’s contract was ready for renewal however, without being offered new terms, Wilkins opted to leave.
That said, Chelsea’s match against Sunderland is not a must win affair, however, they stand a chance to increase their lead over United to 6 points-an enticing prospect for Ancelotti.
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