Man Utd v Villa media watch [22.04.13 AM]: Lambert determined
Daily Star: Aston Villa's young lions have been told to go for the throat at Old Trafford. Manager Paul Lambert has ordered his side to adopt a "kill or be killed" policy in the Theatre of Dreams. He knows no one gives his young team a chance of holding up United's title coronation but is certain that his kids will not be trembling at the knees.
Independent: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes the party-like atmosphere at Old Trafford in anticipation of Manchester United's 20th league title could encourage his side to spoil the celebrations. Villa travel north with just three points separating them and Wigan in the drop zone, and is not writing off tonight's match as a defeat. "In a roundabout way [the party atmosphere] can [help us]," said Lambert. "Put it this way I don't want them to win it against us, because I want us to try and win ourselves. "We're playing well enough, we're on a good bit of form at the moment and we're going into a game on Monday where it's going to be tough and no-one expects anything from us but we'll certainly go there to try to win it."
Sporting Life: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert wants to spoil Manchester United's title party by preventing them from winning the Barclays Premier League title tonight. The Red Devils can lift the trophy with victory at Old Trafford after rivals Manchester City lost to Tottenham yesterday. Villa, meanwhile, remain entrenched in the relegation battle as the scrap for survival intensifies. However, they have timed a run of form nicely, picking up 10 points from their last five games and Lambert sees no reason why they cannot take something from the game.
ESPN: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is confident his relegation threatened squad will "give it a right good go" when they face Manchester United away on Monday. Villa could be the victims in the Theatre of Dream of a United chasing their 20th league title, a win over Lambert's side ensuring another crown for the Red Devils. But with the club sitting just three points above the drop zone, Monday's fixture could be just as decisive for Villa. However, Lambert said the players are refusing to buckle under the twin pressures of playing the champions elect with the fear of relegation chasing them should they lose. Instead, 43-year-old is preparing to take the attack to United.
Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has urged his players to enjoy their match against Manchester United on Monday night, who need a single win to be crowned Premier League champions. Manchester City's loss against Tottenham on Sunday means United can claim the title should they beat the relegation-battling Villans at Old Trafford. But while the Red Devils will be eager to secure the title, Lambert believes his side should not fear the champions elect, and has backed his side to spoil the party.
The Sun: Matt Lowton has no fears about stepping into an Old Trafford cauldron tonight in front of 75,000 baying Manchester United fans. The Aston Villa defender says it will be a breeze compared to the Hun-believable scenes he witnessed as a kid trying to carve a career in Budapest. Lowton was just 18 when Sheffield United sent him on loan to the Blades' sister club Ferencvaros — the Manchester United of Hungarian football. However the "Fradi's" fanatical supporters' idea of getting fired-up for a match once resulted in them setting FIRE to their own stadium because they were losing to hated rivals Diosgyori.
Daily Star: Sir Alex Ferguson admits that he couldn't care less where he is when this season's worst-kept secret is revealed and Manchester United are confirmed as Premier League champions again. He has won the title so often during his glorious reign as United boss he has found himself in all sorts of places when the good news has come through. Ideally he would like to seal the deal at a packed Old Trafford in front of his own fans - which he can do against Aston Villa tonight.
Mirror: Roberto Martinez admits Wigan's real cup final is against Aston Villa - but warned they must get there first. The Latics play Manchester City at Wembley on May 11 after reaching the FA Cup Final for the first time. But their Premier League status is likely still to be in the balance and a last-day visit from relegation rivals Villa could end up as a straight knockout clash.
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