Aston Villa v Manchester United

Warnock targets United 'scalp'

December 2, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Aston Villa left-back Stephen Warnock insists there are few better feelings in football than beating Manchester United, and says he is hoping to experience it again this Saturday.

Stephen Warnock Aston Villa v Man Utd
PA PhotosAston Villa have not beaten Manchester United at home in the Premier league since 1995

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United visit Villa Park on the back of a three-game winless run, with Alex McLeish's side looking to end their wretched home record of 16 years without a Premier League victory against the Red Devils.

Villa also went 26 years without a win at Old Trafford until walking away with a 1-0 success in 2009, and after being part of the team that day, Warnock is hoping his side can repeat that triumph on home soil.

"I want to beat Manchester United because they're the best," Warnock said. "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 came close to ending their hoodoo against United last season, but Sir Alex Ferguson's charges came back from 2-0 down to draw the game 2-2, thanks to a pair of late goals from Federico Macheda and Nemanja Vidic.

Warnock is wary of United's resilience after that result, adding: "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."