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.
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 few 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's young lions look set to star in the cauldron of Old Trafford, after impressing at Anfield the previous weekend.
Warnock believes that Liverpool result will stand them in good stead.
He added: "I don't think the young lads will be intimidated after playing so well at Anfield.
"When they came out of the tunnel and heard 'You'll Never Walk Alone' a few of them might have felt a bit daunted.
"But they didn't show that on the pitch and draw was a great result in the context of everything.
"They walked away from that game with a result and that will have prepared them and given them confidence for Old Trafford.
"It will be a huge game.United will be another learning curve for the young lads.
"They look like they are going to win the Premier League as things stand and are grinding out results every week.
"They have been doing well at home and their record at Old Trafford is fantastic.
"But, as I said, I was part of the team that won their 1-0 back in 2009 so it can be done, despite how good their home record is."
Warnock also insists he is comfortable to fill in at left-midfield again if required, following impressive performances in that role against Liverpool and Stoke.
He added: "I've enjoyed it and I was happy to help the manager out when he asked me to play further up the pitch given the number of injuries we've had.
"I've played there before in my career so it wasn't something I minded doing.
"Both of the young lads in the defence - Eric Lichaj and Nathan Baker - have done a great job since they came in.
"Eric is obviously not used to playing at left-back but he's done a great job in there."
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