Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa
Manchester United won all three points in an entertaining clash at Old Trafford on Friday night as they beat Aston Villa 2-1 to tie the points with Liverpool atop the Premier League.
It was an entertaining first half with Villa on the sidelines, but it was the Red Devils who broke the deadlock just before half-time. Aaron Wan-Bissaka broke the right wing and put a cross which found Anthony Martial, who leaned low to get past Emi Martinez.
Villa found an equalizer in the second half when a quickly fired free kick found Jack Grealish, who drilled a cross into the box for Bertrand Traore to control and pass David De Gea.
However, United came straight back into the lead just three minutes later, when Paul Pogba was accused of being fouled in the box by Douglas Luiz, and man Bruno Fernandes scored there to win. the game.
David De Gea (GK) – 7/10 – Great save to deny Ollie Watkins at 1-0 and another to deny late Matty Cash.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 7/10 – Assisted for United’s opener but fell asleep as Villa equalized. Done extremely well to deny El-Ghazi at the back post to keep him 2-1.
Eric Bailly (CB) – 7/10 – Excellent performance from the Ivorian as he made a fourth straight start for the first time since 2017. Kept Watkins silent for the most part and an astonishing block to death to save the points.
Harry Maguire (CB) – 7/10 – His good form continues with another great performance. The English star kept the ball well and dominated in the air.
Luke Shaw (LB) – 8/10 – Arguably his best performance in a Manchester United shirt. Consistently a threat on the overlap and strong defensively throughout.
Scott McTominay (DM) – 4/10 – Really struggled for the home team defensively and was poor in possession. Subbed after 65 minutes.
Fred (CM) – 7/10 – Did the tough yards defensively and made more interceptions than anyone on the field.
Paul Pogba (CM) – 9/10 – Best player on the pitch. The World Cup winner was instrumental in everything Manchester United has done, including wonderful skill in preparing for the opening goal. He also won the penalty.
Bruno Fernandes (CAM) – 8/10 – Goal spot but as usual have been involved in everything United have done to get ahead. Where would they be without him?
Marcus Rashford (ST) – 6/10 – Electric on the ball but never quite clicked for him in front of goal. Still dangerous though.
Anthony Martial (ST) – 7/10 – was rather calm but seized his only chance with a nice header to score the opening goal.
Nemanja Matic (DM) – 6/10 – Came and picked up well in midfield. Completed all the passes he attempted as United finished the game and took all three points.
Daniel James (LW) – N / A
Axel Tuanzebe (CB) – N / A
Emiliano Martinez (GK) – 8/10 – Made seven saves in total, including a stunner to deny Fernandes’ 2-1 effort, but couldn’t do anything against either goal.
Matt Cash (RB) – 6/10 – Tried to attack but struggled to contain the Pogba-Shaw duo all night.
Tyrone Mings (CB) – 5/10 – Missed clearance for United’s opener, then missed a big header chance towards the end. Not his night.
Ezri Konsa (CB) – 5/10 – Handled Martial’s physicality well throughout the night, winning three out of four aerial duels.
Matt Targett (LB) – 6/10 – Caused problems for Wan-Bissaka with his overlapping runs but his end product was not with him.
Douglas Luiz (CM) – 6/10 – Well defended in midfield and his pass has been very good throughout, completing 89% of his passes.
John McGinn (CM) – 6/10 – Villa had the best of the game in midfield for around 20 minutes in the first half but they faded as the game progressed.
Jack Grealish (CAM) – 8/10 – Once again the visitors’ best player. I got a helper and tried to create throughout but couldn’t get them past.
Bertrand Traoré (RW) – 6/10 – Scored the equalizer with his only real chance of the game, but was relatively calm for the rest of the night.
Anwar El-Ghazi (LW) – 5/10 – Struggled to make an impact throughout the game as his goal streak came to an end.
Ollie Watkins (ST) – 5/10 – I ran the canals well but I never got the upper hand over Bailly or Maguire, apart from a header that went way beyond.
Jacob Ramsey (RW) – 5/10
Keinan Davis (ST) – N / A