Eighth-place Aston Villa, a club that still has a chance of qualifying for Europe next season, has one of the Premier League's better away records. But United dominated all facets of this game, especially in the second half -- at one point, Rooney applauded a cross-field pass from Paul Scholes before it had even reached him.
"In terms of the Premiership ... that was really great stuff," Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill said, suggesting he could find no fault with his own players. Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the first -- a back heel hit hard between the legs of his defender and passed the goalkeeper -- "has gone on to be exceptional," O'Neill exclaimed before warning that "Roma is another day." That said, Saturday's thrashing could be no better preparation for the Champions League quarterfinal. Roma, meanwhile, had a much tougher weekend, forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Cagliari while losing captain Francesco Totti to injury.