Villa v Man United at Villa Park, You have to go back almost 25 Years to when Alan Hansen once famously said: “you can’t win anything with kids” to find the last time Aston Villa beat the red devils in the Premier League at Villa Park. Unfortunately, the younger generations of Villa fans are still waiting to witness such an event. But while their wait continues, spare a thought for us poor sods who have had to endure and live through the nightmare.
Since that day, Villa’s as only managed to obtain five Premier League draws at Villa Park against Manchester United. It’s a shocking statistic, but regardless of that, Villa fans will still be hoping Dean Smith and Villa can end the red devil curse this Thursday. I suspect most fans would take a point now, given our record and precarious position.
I know they have been so rare, but if we can produce a similar type of performance we witnessed up at Anfield at the weekend, then we do give ourselves a fighting chance. Of course, there were always going to be inconsistencies in our play at the start of the season. I think we all accepted this probability, but I for one never anticipated just how long they would continue, or how rare decent performances would become. It does appear, players, gelling time is now something that occurs in front of the mirror and not on the training pitch.
Given what I have said above, it’s hard to believe in us suddenly turning our fortunes around. But stranger things have happened. We have five games left to achieve survival. Three of those are at Villa Park, all five games are winnable, and as you’re only as good as your last performance, it should be a walk in the park. But I won’t be greedy, 7 points, two wins and a draw should see us over the line.
Imagine beating the red devils, and how much of a lift that would give the players and the fan base. I can assure you I have not touched a drop, I’m just dreaming, but should Villa happen to beat Manchester United this week. I will need to get the fermenting bucket out earlier than I anticipated.