Monday media watch [12.11.12 PM]: Benteke praised
Express and Star: You can't win anything with kids. . .Paul Lambert may well be the next manager to differ with that viewpoint in the not too distant future.Alan Hansen famously wrote off a Manchester United team packed full of youngsters the last time Villa claimed a league victory over the Red Devils on home soil at the start of 1995-6 season. As it turned out the kids were alright despite that 3-1 defeat at Villa Park thanks to goals from Ian Taylor, Mark Draper and Dwight Yorke. More than alright, in fact, as they went on to be crowned Premier League champions at the end of that campaign to rub the ex-Liverpool defender and Match of Day pundit's nose in it. Now the kids wear claret and blue and despite the doubts over Lambert's decision to ship out the old guard, invest in youth and start again there are further positive signs of progress in this thrilling, albeit gut-wrenching, defeat.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes Christan Benteke has a bright future ahead of him after the striker caused constant problems for the Manchester United defence. The 21-year-old is already creating a favourable impression after joining Villa from Genk for £7million in the summer and kept Sir Alex Ferguson's backline busy on Saturday.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann has admitted that Saturday's 3-2 defeat at home to Manchester United felt like they had "lost a cup final." Weimann's double fired Villa into a 2-0 lead before substitute Javier Hernandez inspired United to rescue the three points with a second-half fightback.
ClubCall: Charlie Austin has played down talk he could leave Burnley in January to join Aston Villa, claiming he is happy at Turf Moor. The former Swindon striker is the highest scoring forward in Europe this season with 20 goals in 19 matches, a better strike rate than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has praised Christian Benteke following his impressive start to life at the Midlands club. The 21-year-old, who arrived for £7 million in the summer from Belgian club Genk, has scored four goals in nine appearances for his new team.
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