Lambert aims to play party-pooper

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is determined to spol Manchester United's title party - and boost his club's survival hopes.

Last Updated: 22/04/13 at 06:50 Post Comment

Lambert: Says his men should enjoy the Old Trafford atmosphere

Lambert: Says his men should enjoy the Old Trafford atmosphere

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert wants to spoil Manchester United's title party by preventing them from winning the Barclays Premier League title tonight.

The Red Devils can lift the trophy with victory at Old Trafford after rivals Manchester City lost to Tottenham yesterday.

Villa, meanwhile, remain entrenched in the relegation battle as the scrap for survival intensifies. However, they have timed a run of form nicely, picking up 10 points from their last five games and Lambert sees no reason why they cannot take something from the game.

"We'll go and try and win, I've never deviated from that," said the Scot. "Any games that we've played in we've gone to try and win, but you also know that you've got to respect the opposition you're playing against. Manchester United are the best team in the country at the minute."

Lambert admits any party atmosphere at Old Trafford may actually benefit his side.

"In a round-about way it can," he said. "Put it this way, I don't want them to win it against us, because I want us to try and win ourselves.

"That's what we'll go and try and do. I've got no worries about going there. It's going to be a fantastic place to play football, against the champions-elect.

"If you don't enjoy going playing there, there's something wrong.

"If you can't handle the pressure, you're not going to be a footballer. It's what you're having a career for.

"It's a game no-one expects us to get anything from but we're certainly a goal threat."

Lambert is happy to pay tribute to evergreen United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as he continues to rack up milestones and trophies.

"You'd love to know how he's done it," he said. "Starting out at East Stirlingshire, St Mirren, Aberdeen where he did a fantastic job and then Manchester United. He had a hard time at United to start with but the rest is history.

"What he's done is nothing short of remarkable. I know him pretty well. I used to go and watch Manchester United training when I was out of work.

"I don't think there's a better manager. I don't think that'll we'll see another manager stay at one club for 27 years. Who's going to do that?

"He's surpassed anything anyone could do. He's won virtually everything, European Cups, league titles. He's a top, top manager."

Lambert has always maintained he is confident Villa will beat the drop - and has been backed in that belief by Prime Minister and Villa fan David Cameron.

"People are always going to have their own opinions on it," said the Claret and Blue boss.

"The main thing is that we do our jobs and if the Prime Minister thinks that then it's really good of him. We'll wait and see come the end of the season."


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