Gerard Houllier proud of Villa’s display


Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier was proud of his players after they had produced one of their best displays of the season in the 2-2 draw against Manchester United.

But it could have been even better for Villa as they led by two goals before United hit back to salvage a draw thanks to two late strikes.

Houllier said:"I was very proud of the performance but the mood in the dressing room was disappointment because the players felt they had enough chances to win the game.

"In the second half we took the game to them, had the chances to win it, hit the bar and post.

"But we were playing Manchester United who never give up and, after they scored their first goal, the confidence was on their side and not our side.

"We should have won but we could have lost, and they are a quality side. I do not think I've had such an inexperienced midfield for a game of such magnitude.

"If someone had seen our team before the game and said 'will you take 2-2?', we would have taken it. But it is just the way that the game went which meant we felt disappointed with the result."

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