Before yesterdays fixture I openly said that it was about giving our all, and if we are able to come away from Old Trafford with anything, it would be a bonus.
Instead I found myself watching a selection of players that never looked interested or believed they could get anything from the game. Whether this is down to the players themselves or the manager, who knows?
I was impressed, however, with a few of the younger players like Andreas Weimann, Eric Lichaj and Samir Carruthers who all had a good go, but it is just a shame those with more experience don’t wear the famous Claret and Blue colours with pride.
Regardless of our final position this season, it is obvious that the club needs a complete overhaul, and that includes a manager who will get the best out of the resources we have available to ourselves.
It took the home side just 7 minutes to take the lead when former Villan Ashley Young didn’t need any help when he decided to give Tom Daley a run for his money with his second dive in just two weeks to give United an early penalty.
England striker Wayne Rooney stepped up to take the spot kick and send Shay Given the wrong direction to make it 1-0.
Fellow England striker Danny Wellbeck doubled the Champions lead just before half time when he tapped in a close range effort from a Patrice Evra cross.
Rooney got his second of the afternoon 17 minutes from time when he and Antonio Valencia linked up before he slotted it into the net.
And then, finally, Portuguese winger Nani wrapped up the victory with a stoppage time goal.
This leaves Villa just six points above the drop, with five games to play. Alex McLeish has stated that he believes that Villa require 2 more wins to secure their safety but I believe 1 more would be plenty.
We have a big week coming up with home games against Sunderland and Bolton before an away fixture at rivals West Bromwich Albion. If we are to pick up points I believe these three games are absolutely crucial.
Many Villa fans seemed surprised by Ashley Young’s antics yesterday but I must admit I didn’t one bit. Ashley used to dive a lot while he played for Aston Villa and I used to call for a yellow card.
The only difference is he now plays for one of England’s biggest clubs so he will get decisions go his way.
The thing that bothered me is Aston Villa Football Club made Ashley Young the player he is today so for him to cheat to gain advantage against the club that helped him reach the level he is at is nothing short of a disgrace.
Before I get loads of United fans on here saying ‘there was contact’ etc. Just ask yourself would you be happy if Gabby Agbonlahor went into your area, kicked Patrice Evra’s foot and then took himself for a Olympic style dive? I don’t think so.
It has been well publicised that Newcastle’s Ryan Taylor branded Ashley Young a cheat, as well as many others in the game including West Brom’s Steven Reid. On top of that Alex Ferguson did say that Young was over dramatic but stopped short of saying it was a dive.