Old Trafford, 29 March 2008
MANCHESTER UNITED 4
(Ronaldo 17, Tevez 33, Rooney 53, 70)
ASTON VILLA 0
On a day when Arsenal showed a flicker of hope remains in their title bid, United sent a message to the Gunners and fellow rivals Chelsea.
Manchester United stretched their lead at the Premier League summit to six points with a stunning display.
Ronaldo started the agony for Aston Villa after 17 minutes and he provided Carlos Tevez with a simple second before half-time. Wayne Rooney rounded Scott Carson for a third after 53 minutes and he slid home the fourth with 20 minutes left after more superb creativity from Ronaldo.
United boss Sir. Alex Ferguson took a precaution ahead of the Champions league quarter-final visit to AS Roma by resting goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar, who was suffering from a slight groin strain.
Ferguson made a triple substitution in the 61st minute, sending on Owen Hargreaves, Anderson and O'Shea for Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand.
Ronaldo and Rooney were irresistible and combined once more for United's fourth in the 70th minute.
UNITED: Kuszczak, Brown, Ferdinand (Hargreaves 62), Vidic, Evra (O'Shea 62), Ronaldo, Carrick (Anderson 62), Scholes, Giggs, Tevez, Rooney.
Subs not used: Foster, Park.
VILLA: Carson, Reo-Coker, Mellberg, Laursen, Bouma (Osbourne 80), Agbonlahor, Petrov, Barry, Young, Harewood (Salifou 69), Carew (Maloney 41).
Subs not used: Taylor, Knight.
Ref: Mark Halsey
Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo
Source: BBC Sports
Image: Getty images