Gabriel Agbonlahor will be looking to repeat his heroics from December 2009 when Tim Sherwood's side travel to Old Trafford on the weekend.
You have to go back to December 2009 for the last time Aston Villa managed to beat Manchester United, when Gabriel Agbonlahor’s first-half header sealed Martin O’Neill’s men a 1-0 Premier League win at Old Trafford.
That team, which featured the likes of Stewart Downing, now-United winger Ashley Young, James Milner and former captain Stiliyan Petrov, would go on to seal a sixth-place top-flight finish, although their other two fixtures against the Red Devils during the 2009-10 season produced mixed results.
After earning a 1-1 draw at Villa Park in February 2010, the claret and blues would suffer Wembley heartbreak at the hands of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side just two weeks later, squandering a fifth-minute lead to lose 2-1 in the League Cup final.
It’s now been 11 games since Villa managed a win over United, with eight of their meetings ending in defeat, while their overall fortunes have since taken a noticeable turn for the worst, swapping top-four battles under O’Neill for four consecutive relegation scraps.
Nevertheless, the since-departed Paul Lambert’s team managed to hold Louis van Gaal’s outfit to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park in December’s league clash and, with Tim Sherwood’s recent appointment sparking a mini revival, they’ll be hoping to replicate that result from 2009 when they visit Manchester on Saturday afternoon.
In addition, with Agbonlahor the only player from that starting line-up still with the team, there’s the chance for the long-serving striker to earn his hometown club another landmark victory.