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Game #5563

Aston Villa

Friday, 1 January 2021

Lost

8th (-3)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Manchester United

Attendance: Behind closed doors
(COVID-19)

Old Trafford

Manchester United

2-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Jack Grealish | 58' |

MATCH SUMMARY

New Year, same old stitch up. Villa, Referee, Manchester United = Penalty.

KEY MAN

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MATCH TIMELINE

Friday, 1 January 2021

๐Ÿฅ… | 40โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Anthony Martial
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 58โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Bertrand Traorรฉ, Assist by Jack Grealish
๐Ÿฅ… | 61โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Manchester United, pen), Bruno Fernandes
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Bertrand Traorรฉ, Sub on, Jacob Ramsey
๐Ÿ” | 84โ€™ Sub off, Anwar El Ghazi, Sub on, Keinan Davis
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Bertrand Traorรฉ scores his third goal in 4 games

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Manchester United

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2016-17

FIXTURE HISTORY

Manchester United

Previous 5 vs. United: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2020-21 |
Matchday | #18 |
League Match | #15 |
Manager Game | #102 |
Friday, 1 January 2021

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Bromwich, 2018-2021
Referee: Michael Oliver | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northumberland, 2007-
Kick off: 8.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 102 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 43 ๐ŸŸจ | 21 ๐ŸŸฅ 38 | 1.47

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Michael Oliver | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northumberland, 2007- ๐Ÿ†˜
Matches Officiated: 27
๐ŸŸฉ : 7
๐ŸŸจ : 7
๐ŸŸฅ : 13
๐Ÿ†˜ : 5
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 21 Nov 20, Villa 1-2 Brighton (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Manchester United

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Dean Smith names an unchanged team from the side that drew at Chelsea in the previous game with one exception - the returning Tyrone Mings replacing Kortney Hause. Midfielder Ross Barkley and winger Trรฉzรฉguet miss out once again due to hamstring injuries.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 25.31 |
Oldest Player: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 28.35 |
Youngest Player: M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 22.67 |

MANAGER

Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Matt Targett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

Ole Gunnar Solskjรฆr | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |

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Manchester United

GK David De Gea | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Aaron Wan-Bissaka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Eric Bailly | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Harry Maguire | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Luke Shaw | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Paul Pogba | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Fred | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Bruno Fernandes | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Scott McTominay | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Anthony Martial | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
CF Marcus Rashford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | 79' |
๐Ÿ” CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 84' |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Nemanja Matiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ | for M Scott McTominay | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 65โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Daniel James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | for M Bruno Fernandes | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | 87โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Axel Tuanzebe (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Fred | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 89โ€™ |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Tom Heaton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
RB Frรฉdรฉric Guilbert | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Dean Henderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Donny van de Beek | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Juan Mata | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Jesse Lingard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Mason Greenwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ150.66m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ0.00m
Team Cost: ยฃ150.66m
Squad Cost: ยฃ182.72m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/20
Homegrown: 2/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ19.58m |
GK Tom Heaton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ7.92m |

RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ14.18m |
LB Matt Targett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ14.04m |
RB Frรฉdรฉric Guilbert | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ4.50m |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ0.99m |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Exchange |

CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ11.97m |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.70m |

M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.12m |
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ยฃ10.80m |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | ยฃ16.56m |
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ8.10m |

CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ27.72m |
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ472.45m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ55.51m
Team Cost: ยฃ527.96m
Squad Cost: ยฃ616.82m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/20
Homegrown: 6/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK David de Gea | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ22.50m |
GK Dean Henderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

RB Aaron Wan-Bissaka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ49.50m |
LB Luke Shaw | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ33.75m |
LB Alex Telles | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ13.50m |

CB Harry Maguire | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ78.30m |
CB Eric Bailly | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ32.60m |
CB Axel Tuanzebe (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

M Paul Pogba | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ94.50m |
M Bruno Fernandes | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ56.70m |
M Fred | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ53.10m |
M Juan Mata | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ40.26m |
M Nemanja Matic | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ40.23m |
M Donny van de Beek | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ35.10m |
M Scott McTominay | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Jesse Lingard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Daniel James | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ15.28m |
W Mason Greenwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CF Anthony Martial | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ51.50m |
CF Marcus Rashford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
CF Wesley | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Knee, ACL
M Ross Barkley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hamstring
W Trรฉzรฉguet | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | Hamstring

Not Selected | 3 |
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
GK Lovre Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Bjรถrn Engels | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

Unregistered | 1 |
M Henri Lansbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

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โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 51%
Possession A | 49%
Shots F | 14
Shots A | 19
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 9
Corners F | 10
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 22

MATCH QUOTES

Post Match *Villa manager Dean Smith* *Friday, 1 January 2021* "I wasn't happy with the first half. We were miles off the levels where we have been. It felt like a testimonial pace then they deservedly had the lead at half time. I told the players we needed to be upping our levels. "I asked for more at half-time and we deserved to get back in the game. Our goalkeeper has had to make some good saves but they were all outside the box. "We competed a lot better [in the second half], showed more quality and created chances. I'd take the second half performance all day long. A dubious penalty has lost us the game. "I thought it was a penalty at the time, but I looked at it after the game and saw he tripped himself. I don't see why Michael [Oliver] couldn't have looked at it. That's what VAR is for isn't it? He's tripped himself up. There's margins in football. I've seen it again, and I don't think it's a penalty. "My view was it was a penalty from where I was stood. I thought Douglas Luiz got too tight with Paul Pogba but then I've just gone in and seen it back and I think he's just tripped himself up. I think there's enough doubt there to send the referee over to the screen. "We know we're on a good journey at the moment. We believe we've got five key arrivals to go with the players who are Premier League ready now. "This is only our second season in the division, but competing here and against Liverpool and Arsenal shows our journey is going well so far." "We came here last season and had a good go. It was a tough season. We felt we would be better this season. When you look at our performances and results, it shows we are very competitive in this league now which is what we wanted it to be." --- โ€‹*Villa right back Matty Cash* *Friday, 1 January 2021* โ€‹"Manchester United are a top side and play some good football but we had our chances to score. A draw would have been a fair result but we pushed until the end like we have all season and were unlucky not to get one. โ€‹"They are hard to break down and on the counter-attack are really good. We were unfortunate. All season we have played some good stuff and picked good results up away from home. โ€‹"The game was in their hands a little in the first half so we said we would fight until the end. It fell to me [at the end] and I put my foot through it but it was a good save." --- โ€‹*Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz* *Friday, 1 January 2021* "I always support fairer football, with fewer mistakes, but then I stop and see these types of moves. โ€œIf we have VAR to help, let's start using it correctly. "These mistakes can define the future of clubs." --- *Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville* *Friday, 1 January 2021* โ€‹ โ€œWe saw a really good Villa side. After watching Villa last season, this is a completely different proposition." โ€œThey were really good in the game and contributed, as both teams did, to a brilliant game of football. It was end to end and I was massively impressed with Villa." โ€œOllie Watkins up front, if that gets that little turn of luck and they start going in for him, they could be even more dangerous." โ€œThey look really good in defence, really good in midfield, good in possession. McGinn was outstanding and Grealish looks a different level. We knew he had the talent and potential, but talent and potential has to go on and deliver." โ€œThe numbers these lads are achieving โ€“ the Messi, the Salahs, the Ronaldos, the Harry Kanes โ€“ their assists and goals are off the scale." โ€œAs a number 10, if youโ€™re not assisting goals and scoring goals, youโ€™re going to be seen as a luxury, style over substance, which is what was levelled at him [Grealish] a year or so ago. Itโ€™s not like that anymore, it was a really top performance from him on Friday night." โ€œUnited had to be at full pelt to win that game and get a bit of good fortune along the way. It was a big, big win for United.โ€ ---

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