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Tuesday media watch [23.04.13 AM]: Reaction to United clash
The morning claret and blue media reports.
23rd Apr 2013
Tuesday media watch [23.04.13 AM]: Reaction to United clash


Birmingham Mail: Villa's Premier League survival hopes suffered a severe blow last night as they failed to delay Manchester United's title party. Robin van Persie turned in a blistering first half performance to score the hat-trick that sealed a 20th championship for the Red Devils.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert praised Villa recovering their composure to protect their confidence - and goal difference - from a battering during Manchester United's title triumph. Villa conceded three goals inside the first 33 minutes as Sir Alex Ferguson's men clinched their 20th top flight championship at a canter at Old Trafford last night.

Birmingham Mail: Villa were unable to gatecrash Manchester United's title party and, as Old Trafford celebrated into the night, Paul Lambert's players were still wondering whether they will be invited back next season. Remaining on the Premier League guest list is Villa's sole aim during the next four games, and next Monday's mammoth Villa Park clash with Sunderland was always of more importance that last night's near procession from the new champions.

Daily Star: In fairness, Villa didn't take it all lying down and so nearly go themselves back into it before Van Persie scythed them down again. Christian Benteke shot inches over after Andreas Weimann hit United on the break and Johnny Evans made a timely block to stop the Austrian star getting in a shot on the turn.

Guardian: Ferguson was aggrieved enough at one point to come to the touchline and gesture angrily. Van Persie, of all people, headed Andreas Weimann's effort off the goalline and Villa, to give them their due, did at least improve.

Mirror: Lambert needed to prevent the open wounds haemorrhaging, as Villa did at Chelsea before Christmas. In that modest aspiration, he succeeded. Van Persie, of all people, was in the right place to clear Weimann's header off the line and David De Gea saved well from Benteke's low shot after sloppy defending.

Daily Express: Lambert sent on Karim El Ahmadi for Charles N'Zogbia for the second half and Villa were more solid, preventing United from running up the cricket score that looked likely in the first 45 minutes. After Rooney lost possession, Benteke had a shot saved by De Gea. It was enough to bring United manager Sir Alex Ferguson down from his dug-out seat.

Independent: Lambert says his relegation-threatened Aston Villa side can kickstart their survival struggle by beating Sunderland next week.

ESPN: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has urged his side to repeat their determined second-half performance at Old Trafford in the remaining four games of the season. Lambert said he believed the battling qualities shown by his team after they had gone 3-0 behind to Robin van Persie's hat-trick would give them a chance to escape dropping out of the top flight for the first time in the Premier League era.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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