Aston Villa was playing really well and led 1-0 at halftime thanks to Christian Benteke doing a really, really good thing because he's awesome. Delph played in a free kick (a thing we learned he should be doing all the time) and Benteke chested down, took his time, and fired a goal through traffic into the upper corner from the edge of the box. A brilliant play from the Belgian.
Shortly after the restart, with Villa under a lot of pressure, Ashley Young beat Matthew Lowton down the wing, crossed a ball in, and happened to find Falcao. The result, of course, was a United goal. Standard.
But Villa were still holding their own and there was a chance that they'd be able to see the match out at a 1-1 draw.
And then in the 65th minute? The referee ruined the match. Or so we thought.
Gabby Agbonlahor and the aforementioned Young both went for a 50-50 ball. Young won it, tightly, and Agbonlahor's leg clashed with Young's, who of course, dropped to the ground.
Lee Mason reached for his back pocket on what a United fan described to me as "not even a foul" and Gabby walked.
Villa defended well for a while and Lambert brought Charles N'Zogbia and Leandro Bacuna on in the 80th minute for his first two subs.
But believe it or not, Villa managed to hold on! Brad Guzan made some nice saves and Villa posed enough of a threat on the counterattack to see out the game with a spirited 1-1 performance.
It was for the most part a really organized game plan from the Villa and they had tactics and executed them perfectly. A huge point that we didn't really expect so we'll have to take it.
Chuffed. We'll have a more concerted recap tomorrow but I'm writing this all on emotion and re-writing my "screw everything" post so let's go.
UP. THE. VILLA.