Vidic grabs Man Utd a point in late show at Villa

Goals in the final minutes of a hectic second half saw Manchester United pull back a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 at Villa Park against Aston Villa.
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Goals in the final minutes of a hectic second half saw Manchester United pull back a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 at Villa Park against Aston Villa.

Villa came within nine minutes of winning only their second game against United in the Premiership as goals from Ashley Young from the penalty spot, then a close range effort from Marc Albrighton seemed to have sealed the game with 14 minutes remaining.

For the host’s inexperienced side it seemed only justice after James Collins and Gabriel Agbonlahor had hit the visitor’s woodwork.

But United have a habit of scoring late and the fightback began in the 81st minute.

Federico Macheda gave United hope with a powerful shot from a Darren Fletcher flick.

A point was salvaged within four minutes as defender Nemanja Vidic glanced a header past Brad Friedel.

Twice in added time United could have nicked all three points but that would have been harsh on Villa who played their part in a breathtaking encounter.

Referee: Mike Dean

Venue: Villa Park
Attendance: 40,073

Aston Villa scorers: Young (pen) 72, Albrighton 76
Man Utd scorers: Macheda 81, Vidic 85

ASTON VILLA
01 Friedel
02 L Young (yellow card)
03 Warnock
05 Dunne
29 Collins
06 Downing
07 Young (yellow card)
12 Albrighton (Lichaj 88)
25 Bannan (yellow card)
28 Hogg (Herd 90)
11 Agbonlahor (Delfouneso 78)

Substitutes
22 Guzan,
30 Lichaj,
34 Lowry,
27 Osbourne,
31 Herd,
35 Johnson,
14 Delfouneso

MAN UTD
01 Van der Sar
03 Evra
05 Ferdinand
06 Brown (yellow card)
15 Vidic (yellow card)
13 Park Ji-Sung (Smalling 86)
16 Carrick
17 Nani (yellow card)
24 Fletcher
09 Berbatov (Obertan 73)
14 Hernandez (yellow card) (Macheda 73)

Substitutes
40 Amos,
12 Smalling,
20 Fabio Da Silva,
22 O'Shea,
28 Gibson,
26 Obertan,
27 Macheda

 
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