Sport Tromsoe's Remi Johansen in duel with Tottenham's Nacer Chadli

Tottenham’s manager, Andre Villas-Boas, believes his players are ready to take on Manchester United after a disappointing display in northern Norway – and says the Premier League champions could be the perfect opponents for his side.

Aston Villa close to £6.5m Jean Makoun deal

Aston Villa are close to sealing a £6.5million deal to sign Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun.

Ten-man Villa give Houllier respite from the sack race

Sheffield United 1 Aston Villa 3

Balotelli short on joy despite first hat-trick for soaring City

Manchester City 4 Aston Villa 0

Prolific Van der Vaart on target as Spurs make light of Defoe dismissal

Aston Villa 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Van der Vaart scores two as Spurs beat Villa 2-1

Aston Villa 1 Tottenham 2

Roy Carroll: From life in the fast lane to life in the bicycle lane

The goalkeeper talks to Simon Hart about gambling and drink problems, match-fixing, glory at Man United and why he and his Odense team-mates get on their bikes to go to work

Houllier forced to endure night of misery on Anfield return

Liverpool 3 Aston Villa 0

Liverpool hands Houllier's Villa side a 3-0 defeat

Liverpool 3 Aston Villa 0

Pedersen brace gives Blackburn victory

Blackburn 2 Aston Villa 0

Collins header delivers first win in five for Villa

Aston Villa 3 Blackpool 2

Gerard Houllier wants to retain Brad Friedel at Aston Villa

Gerard Houllier has revealed his desire to retain veteran keeper Brad Friedel, whose current contract runs out next summer.

Houllier refuses to take credit for Aston Villa win

Gerard Houllier refused to take credit for the double substitution which spared Aston Villa's blushes and booked them a Carling Cup quarter-final spot.

Downing's stunning strike ensures Villa do not pay for their profligacy

Aston Villa 2 Burnley 1 (aet)

Downing sends Villa through at expense of brave Burnley

Aston Villa 2 Burnley 1 (after extra-time)

Sunderland hold firm after Dunne blunder

Sunderland 1 Aston Villa 0: Bruce's backline is more than compensating for lack of attacking options
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