Man U beat Aston Villa 2-1

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Manchester United are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup following a two-one win at home to Aston Villa on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Man U beat Aston Villa 2-1

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Manchester United are through to the fourth round of the F.A. Cup following a two-one win at home to fellow English Premiership side Aston Villa on Sunday.Villa defended well in the early stages as United attempted to press forward. When the home side did get through, they wasted several chances to open the scoring.Ji-Sun Park did not react quickly enough to get to this ball and Gabor Kiraly was able to gather the ball safely 15 minutes into the game.Rooney was looking threatening and one of his best chances of the half came on the half-hour mark, but he was denied by Kiraly,He was able to get a hand to the striker's effort following some trickery from Cristiano Ronaldo.Breakthrough achievedVilla were forced on the back foot again in the 37th minute and Larsson looked set to open his account for United as he ran towards goal with the ball. However, Kiraly stuck out a leg and made the clearance, ensuring that the game remained goalless at half-time.United made a purposeful start to the second half and Wes Brown went close to opening the scoring with a header in the 47th minute.The central defender got on the end of a cross from Rooney, but guided the ball just over the crossbar from inside the six-yard box.But United finally broke the deadlock eight minutes later - the irrepressible Larsson with the breakthrough.The Swede showed good composure after being picked out by Rooney and rattled a shot past Kiraly.Missed chancesTwo minutes later, Ryan Giggs came close to making it two-nil when his long-range free-kick ricocheted off the crossbar with Kiraly beaten.Villa almost drew level in the 67th minute, but Gary Cahill headed wide following a corner from Gavin McCann.However, to their credit, the visitors kept pressing forward and were rewarded for their efforts seven minutes later through substitute Milan Baros.The Czech Republic striker taking advantage of some poor defending to blast home the equaliser.The match looked to be heading to a replay when, in stoppage-time, Kiraly made a dreadful mistake which allowed a weak shot from substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to reach the back of the net.There was little time for Villa to get back in the game and at the final whistle it was two-one to United, who fortuitously progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup.



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