Monday media watch [16.12.13 AM]: Reaction to Man Utd loss
Birmingham Mail: David Moyes has given Villa boss Paul Lambert a vote of confidence, with the Manchester United manager insisting: "I don't think anyone can do a much better job than Paul Lambert." Villa suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Villa Park yesterday afternoon as their home hoodoo against United and their poor home form in general continued.
Birmingham Mail: Marc Albrighton's first Premier League start for almost a year was the "plus-point" from Villa's defeat to Manchester United, according to Paul Lambert. Albrighton's first-team opportunities have been limited under Lambert after a string of injury problems.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert was left bemoaning "basic" errors as Villa made it too easy for Manchester United to beat them again at Villa Park. Lambert was particularly annoyed with United's second and third goals, which stemmed from misplaced passes by Nathan Baker and Antonio Luna.
Daily Star: Villa started brightly enough and United keeper David de Gea was twice forced to make diving saves from Marc Albrighton and Karim El Ahmadi in the opening few minutes. United, desperate to avoid that third league defeat on the spin for the first time since 2001, had good reason to look anxious. But they simply stepped up a gear, shrugged it off and started to boss the game.
Guardian: Marc Albrighton, Villa's best player by a distance, tested David de Gea at his near post moments later but that was a rare moment of excitement for the home fans.
Independent: Villa did start brightly through their best player, Marc Albrighton, who was one of the few still trying to beat his man Patrice Evra - he did on a few occasions - even when all hope was lost. He had a shot on 10 minutes and played a good ball through to Christian Benteke on 12 minutes which Rafael da Silva spotted early and intercepted.
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