Despite controlling large sections of the game, as well as dictating play, Manchester United carved out only a few opportunities for themselves. The bottom line for Van Gaal's team is to win, and though they might not flourish while doing it, they are picking up the points without doing much or conceding much. Aston Villa looked vibrant, but only for small instances in the game. The absence of players like Jack Grealish as well as the departures of Delph and Benteke were greatly felt, as VIlla were devoid of any purpose of creativity throughout the 90 minutes

Tim Sherwood desires to create history at Aston Villa by winning the FA Cup final against an Arsenal side, who he thinks play the best football in the Premier League. Aston Villa will probably play their most important game of the season on Saturday as they prepare to face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Tim Sherwood is relishing the chance to make history at the club by beating Arsenal, who thinks are the favourites, with an Aston Villa side, who he considers as the underdogs. Sherwood believes in his players to perform in this one-off game. The former Tottenham boss believes that in games like these, form makes no difference and his side will handle the pressure and put up a performance similar to the one in the semi-final victory over Liverpool. “It feels good to be involved this weekend,” he said. “We are excited at the prospect. We know it’s a big occasion. To be involved […]

Analysis: Efficient Manchester United See Off Plucky Aston Villa

A fifth consecutive win for Louis Van Gaal’s side coupled with Liverpool’s day of misery in London has all but assured Manchester United a place in next year’s Champions League. This win has also raised hopes of The Red Devils finishing above their neighbours for the first time in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era. Their opponents for the day – Aston Villa fought gamely and were always in the game till Ander Herrera’s injury time goal. But you always felt that United were playing in 2nd gear and could up the tempo a few notches should the situation demand. Win a throwback to the Sir Alex era During the final few years of the legendary Scotsman’s reign Manchester United were known to be efficient more than thrilling and almost always got the job done. Infact a lot of their title challengers played the more fluent football but it was always the Red Devils who walked away with the honours […]

Newly appointed Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has claimed he blocked Tottenham from cashing in on Harry Kane. Sherwood has been credited with helping Kane’s development during his previous job as Spurs’ technical director and the 46 year old tactician gave the 21-year-old his first Premier League start for Tottenham in April 2014 during his spell as Tottenham head coach. The Spurs striker has earned his first senior England call-up for the games against Lithuania and Italy at the end of the month. Harry has represented his Country at U-17, U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels , but this is the first time he has been called up for the senior squad. After praising Kane for winning his first call-up to the senior England squad, Sherwood claimed several Tottenham officials wanted to sell the youngster in order to bring in another striker but he “wouldn’t allow it to happen”. Sherwood said: “When I first put Harry in the team, Roberto Soldado […]