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Warnock: No better feeling than beating Manchester United

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Warnock: No better feeling than beating Manchester United

By Paul Brown

Stephen Warnock insists there's no substitute for beating the best as he eyes a second scalp for Villa over Manchester United.

Warnock says it's not often footballers finish their careers and can proclaim they've managed to see off the Red Devils.

But the popular left-back is eyeing double delight with Villa, after defeating Sir Alex Ferguson's side at Old Trafford in December 2009.

That result, which saw Gabby Agbonlahor bag the winner, helped Villa end a 26-year wait for victory over United.

Now Villa are eager to put a stop to a 16-year home hoodoo as the Barclays Premier League champions visit Villa Park.

Warnock is adamant there's no better feeling in the game than emerging victorious over United.

He said: "I want to beat Manchester United because they're the best. To beat them is a massive scalp.

"Not many people will finish their career and say they've beaten them.

"I was fortunate enough to play in the team that beat them at Old Trafford a couple of seasons ago when we got the better of them for the first time in 26 years. That was a really fantastic feeling.

"Hopefully we can try and beat them again. It's a superb feeling to be able to come off the pitch and say you've beaten one of the best teams in Europe."

Villa, of course, came close last term to beating United at home for the first time since goals from Dwight Yorke, Ian Taylor and Mark Draper inflicted a 3-1 opening day defeat in 1995.

Villa charged into a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Ashley Young and Marc Albrighton.

But United came back to draw the game with goals from Federico Macheda and Nemanja Vidic.

Warnock played in that clash and while frustration remains the abiding memory, he also recalls the awesome atmosphere around the stadium during the game.

The 26-year-old described the environment as "bouncing" and he wants a repeat this time around.

He added: "We started really well and we looked like really winning the game, while putting in a really good performance at the same time.

"It was all going well until ten minutes to go. It's typical of Manchester United that they came back and showed their class and nicked two goals against us. That's what you must expect off them.

"The game is never won against Manchester United. You have to realise that.

"The atmosphere really can make a difference. When the crowd is really at it, you get a massive buzz out of it. It gives you a lift and an extra kick to put in a big performance.

"That day the atmosphere was bouncing. Hopefully it will be the same again at the weekend."

Arrow BulletThe EA SPORTS special FIFA 12 gaming hub will be at Villa Park on Saturday. The giant game arena named 'The Dugout' will be located at Trinity Road so fans can test out the new game. 'The Dugout' is an award-winning, state-of-the-art exhibition trailer from EA SPORTS - our official football action game partner - that allows visitors to trial the latest video games on High-Definition (HD) technology. Test out your skills and then pop along to the big match at 5.30pm as Villa face Manchester United.

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By @AVFCOfficial 2nd December 2011
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