Monday media watch [12.11.12 AM]: Reaction to Man Utd defeat
Birmingham Mail: Andi Weimann admitted Villa felt like they had "lost a cup final" after Manchester United's typical fightback took the gloss off his brilliant brace. When Weimann put the claret and blues 2-0 up with goals in the 45th and 49th minutes Villa appeared to be heading for their first league victory over United at Villa Park since the 'can't win anything with kids' success of August 1995.
Birmingham Mail: Proud and gutted. Paul Lambert is a man of few words at the best of times, but that brief phrase succinctly summed up the feelings of the claret and blue brigade on Saturday evening. Although Manchester United had the final say - again - Villa's statement of intent said it all about where this team is now, while the inevitable outcome said it all about where they have traditionally been against Sir Alex Ferguson's indefatigable force.
The Sun: Paul Lambert hopes demanding fans will give his young Villa team time to grow after this fine performance. Villa Park was rocking as the home team took a two-goal lead against Manchester United on Saturday.
Guardian: Christian Benteke was unplayable at times, while Andreas Weimann found pockets of space to score twice to put Villa 2-0 ahead. It was certainly a chastening day for Chris Smalling who departed battered and bruised after the outstanding Benteke gave him the rag-doll treatment.
Daily Star: Villa were absolutely sensational and with powerhouse Christian Benteke exposing their soft centre, United started to get rattled.
Mirror: Heartbroken Andi Weimann admitted he felt like Aston Villa had "lost a cup final" after his two goals counted for nothing. The Austrian poacher scored his first goals of the season and was only denied his hat-trick by David De Gea's reflexes when the score was 2-2, amid the perfect storm of Manchester United's comeback.
Daily Express: Seventeen years ago, Sir Alex Ferguson played five youngsters in the Premier League. Here he looked at an Aston Villa side with seven players under 23 and told Paul Lambert he might just have a mine full of gold. Villa lost to United, they always do - something Ladbrokes, who took a £1million hit on United's comeback from two goals down, should have researched. But Ferguson was impressed.
Times: The average age of this Aston Villa team was under 24 but Paul Lambert emphasised that matches such as Saturday's will help them grow up quickly. This is a new era at Villa Park and, amid the disappointment of letting slip a two-goal lead when a shock win looked within reach, the Villa manager hit the nail on the head when he said that a home crowd's attitude is a fair barometer of how well a club is set up to progress.
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