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PREMIER LEAGUE: Rooney brace as Man Utd go marching on

Manchester United extended their unbeaten record to 29 Premier League fixtures dating back to April 2010, in a 3-1 home win over Aston Villa. Villa travelled to Old Trafford looking for a fourth consecutive victory in all competitions but were undone within 60 seconds of the kick-off.

Edwin Van der Sar cleared the ball downfield and Wayne Rooney collected the ball as the visitor's defence hesitated to score his fourth of the campaign.

Villa looked comfortable on the ball without really threatening United and it seemed they would reach half-time with only a one goal deficit, until Rooney took charge of proceedings.

Into injury time and Nani's inviting centre was side footed home by the England centre forward to double United's advantage and Villa's record of only winning once in 28 games against Man Utd was on its way to being maintained.

But United relaxed in the second period and just before the hour slack marking at the back allowed the visitor's back into the game as recent signing Darren Bent slotted home unmarked to give Gerard Houllier's side hope.

This lasted all of five minutes before Rooney teed up Nemanja Vidic from a corner to smash home and reclaim a two goal advantage. Referee: Chris Foy

Venue: Old Trafford Attendance: 75,256

Man Utd scorers: Rooney 1, 45, Vidic 63 Aston Villa scorers: Bent 58

MAN UTD 01 Van der Sar 03 Evra 05 Ferdinand 15 Vidic 22 O'Shea 11 Giggs 16 Carrick 17 Nani 24 Fletcher (Anderson 34) 09 Berbatov 10 Rooney

Substitutes 34 Lindegaard, 12 Smalling, 20 Fabio Da Silva, 08 Anderson, 18 Scholes, 07 Owen, 14 Hernandez

ASTON VILLA 01 Friedel 05 Dunne 21 Clark 29 Collins 36 Walker 06 Downing (Reo-Coker 80) 07 Young 12 Albrighton (Heskey 69) 17 Makoun 19 Petrov (Agbonlahor 74) 39 Bent

Substitutes 33 Marshall, 24 Cuellar, 08 Pires, 20 Reo-Coker, 11 Agbonlahor, 14 Delfouneso, 18 Heskey

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