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Game #5583

Aston Villa

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Lost

11th (-1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Manchester United

Attendance: Behind closed doors
(COVID-19)

Villa Park

Aston Villa

1-3

Manchester United

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

De ja vu. Same old stitch up. Villa, Referee, Manchester United = Penalty.

KEY MAN

Celebrating Bertrand Traorรฉ's 24' opener against Manchester United

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 9 May 2021

โšฝ | 24โ€™ Goal, 1-0 W Bertrand Traorรฉ
๐ŸŸจ | 45โ€™+1 Booking, CF Ollie Watkins
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Manchester United
๐Ÿฅ… | 52โ€™ Goal, 1-1 (Manchester United, pen), Bruno Fernandes
๐Ÿฅ… | 56โ€™ Goal, 1-2 (Manchester United), Mason Greenwood
๐Ÿ” | 65โ€™ Sub off, Douglas Luiz, Sub on, Jacob Ramsey
๐Ÿ” | 77โ€™ Sub off, Ross Barkley, Sub on, Keinan Davis
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Anwar El Ghazi, Sub on, Wesley
๐ŸŸจ | 79โ€™ Booking, M John McGinn
๐ŸŸจ | 84โ€™ Booking, CF Ollie Watkins
๐ŸŸฅ | 84โ€™ Sending off, CF Ollie Watkins
๐Ÿฅ… | 87โ€™ Goal, 1-3 (Manchester United), Edinson Cavani
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester United

ON THIS DAY

Villa's last home league victory over Manchester United was now over 25 years ago - winning 3-1 in the opening game of the 1995-96 campaign.

Since returning to the Premier League three of four matches against Manchester United have now been settled in Unitedโ€™s favour through questionable penalty decisions.

Sunday, 9 May 2021
Villa leading 1-0 at home before Manchester United are awarded a questionable penalty on 52โ€™ by Chris Kavanagh and go on to win 1-3.

Friday, 1 January 2021
Villa are level at Old Trafford 1-1, then Michael Oliver awards Manchester United a questionable penalty on 61โ€™ to give them a 1-2 win over Villa.

Thursday, 9 July 2020
Villa are goalless with Manchester United at Villa Park before Jonathan Moss awards Manchester United a questionable penalty on 27โ€™ to set them on the way to a 0-3 win over Villa.

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 ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2020-21 |
Matchday | #38 |
League Match | #34 |
Manager Game | #121 |
Sunday, 9 May 2021

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Bromwich, 2018-2021
Referee: Chris Kavanagh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Ashton-under-Lyne, 2014-
Kick off: 2.05pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-3
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

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

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 121 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 50 ๐ŸŸจ | 25 ๐ŸŸฅ 46 | 1.45

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Chris Kavanagh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Ashton-under-Lyne, 2014- ๐Ÿ†˜
Matches Officiated: 12
๐ŸŸฉ : 4
๐ŸŸจ : 4
๐ŸŸฅ : 4
๐Ÿ†˜ : 2
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 13 Feb 21, Villa 0-0 Brighton (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Sian Massey-Ellis

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Manchester United

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Captain Jack Grealish is once again ruled out through injury - his 12th consecutive absence and longest run out of the side since February 2019 (14 games). Trรฉzรฉguet (Return 2021-22), and Morgan Sanson are injured.

โ€‹Dean Smith names an unchanged line up from the team that beat Everton last time out.

โ€‹17 year old midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka joins winger Jaden Philogene-Bidace on the bench in place of Neil Taylor.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 25.82 |
Oldest Player: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 28.70 |
Youngest Player: M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 23.02 |

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 Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Matt Targett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Ross Barkley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | โšฝ |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |

MANAGER

Ole Gunnar Solskjรฆr | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |

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Manchester United

GK Dean Henderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Luke Shaw | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Victor Lindelรถf | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Harry Maguire | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Aaron Wan-Bissaka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Pogba | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Fred | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Bruno Fernandes | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Scott McTominay | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
W Mason Greenwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
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 M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 65โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Ross Barkley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 77โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Wesley | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | for W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 78โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CF Edinson Cavani | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ | โšฝ | for W Mason Greenwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 65โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Eric Bailly | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐ŸŸจ | for CB Harry Maguire | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 78โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Nemanja Matic | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | for M Bruno Fernandes | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | 86โ€™ |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Tom Heaton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK David de Gea | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Axel Tuanzebe (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Alex Telles | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Brandon Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Juan Mata | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Donny van de Beek | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

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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: โญ•/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ22.50m
Team Cost: ยฃ173.16m
Squad Cost: ยฃ195.57m
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 : 13/20
Homegrown: 3/20

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 Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ0.99m |

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 John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Ross Barkley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | ยฃ16.56m |
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ8.10m |
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ27.72m |
CF Wesley | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ22.50m |
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ397.35m
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: 4/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ72.83m
Team Cost: ยฃ470.18m
Squad Cost: ยฃ581.54m
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 : 9/20
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 |
LB Brandon Williams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CB Harry Maguire | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ78.30m |
CB Eric Bailly | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ32.60m |
CB Victor Lindelรถf | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ31.50m |
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 |

W Mason Greenwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CF Marcus Rashford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
CF Edinson Cavani | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leg
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Knee
W Trรฉzรฉguet | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | Ligament

Out on Loan | 3 |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Swansea
RB Frรฉdรฉric Guilbert | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Strasbourg
GK Lovre Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Hajduk Split

Not Selected | 3 |
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Bjรถrn Engels | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ 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 | 41%
Possession A | 59%
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 18
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 18

MATCH QUOTES

Pre Match *Villa manager Dean Smith* *Thursday, 6 May 2021* โ€‹On injuries: โ€‹โ€œHe [Jack Grealish] should start training with the group tomorrow (Friday). He will play before the end of the season. Morgan Sanson is still out and will be back in training next week.โ€ โ€‹On fixture congestion for opponents Manchester United: โ€‹โ€œTheyโ€™re a big club and have been dealing with European competition for 25 years.โ€ โ€‹โ€œI donโ€™t think they will change the way they play. Their squad is good enough to rotate.โ€ โ€‹โ€œIโ€™m more worried that they donโ€™t get any penalties against us.โ€ โ€‹โ€œWeโ€™ve had some dodgy ones against us.โ€ โ€‹On Villaโ€™s ambitions: โ€‹โ€œThe aim of this football club is to compete in European competition. Our owners want that.โ€ โ€‹โ€œOur academy has progressed really well and we have a good youth team and good under-23 players. There will be a time and a place to bring those in. โ€‹โ€œWeโ€™re looking to work with the young players and improve them. The vision of our owners is to have academy players come through into the first team.โ€ --- Post Match *Sunday, 9 May 2021* *Villa manager Dean Smith* โ€‹"I didn't think we started the game particularly well. We upped it and then I thought we were good first half, we high pressed well and got a good goal. We were quite comfortable at 1-0 at half time. I think the game turns on the penalty decision. โ€‹"There was a touch but was it enough to go down? I watched Man City last night and Sterling had four touches in his back and doesn't get a penalty and today it is a penalty. This is with Stockley Park watching in slow motion so you tell me what is happening because I don't think the football world actually understands it anymore. โ€‹"He doesn't need to try and poke the ball through his legs, it is the giving of the penalty, is it enough for the player go down? My player gets sent off at the end where he doesn't know if there was contact or not. I've watched it slowed down three or four times and I don't know. He [Ollie Watkins] said there was slight contact, he felt he would get hurt if he continued past him. โ€‹"You can't appeal it and that is another one with the law." โ€‹"The first five minutes we didn't start very well but then played really well in the first half, high-pressed them and got a deserved goal. The penalty decision affected us more than it did them." โ€‹On United's penalty: "I don't think anybody knows, everybody is confused how Raheem Sterling can go through and have four or five touches on him last night and not get a penalty, then one touch here and it is a penalty - it looked a pathetic decision to me, but he goes down, similar to Old Trafford and last season here. โ€‹"Ollie Watkins has got sent off for a second yellow, there is no way the referee can tell me he is convinced he hasn't been touched. I just don't understand the decision-making of the officials and more importantly at Stockley Park. โ€‹"It looks like now he has to get hurt to win the penalty - is it enough contact for a penalty, no." ---

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