Game #5652

2021-22

Position:

3rd Round

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FA Cup 3rd Round

Manchester United

Old Trafford

Attendance: 72,911

Monday, 10 January 2022

Villa suffer once again with officials at Old Trafford as Danny Ings' equalising goal is referred to VAR for a non-existent offside only to be disallowed after a number of minutes for a 'block' occurring away from the play on the edge of the area with the players in question offering no interference. Few view it as coincidence.

Manchester United

1-0

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5652

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #22 |
Manager Game | #9 |
Monday, 10 January 2022
Attendance | 72,911 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 7.55pm |
Referee | Michael Oliver |
Half Time Score | 0-1 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 0-1 |
Last 5 Games | LWLLL |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost: £193.48m
Squad Cost: £211.24m

Starting XI Average Age: 26.01

Oldest Player: 29.84
F Danny Ings

Youngest Player: 20.64
M Jacob Ramsey

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard names a full strength line up as Tyrone Mings returns from suspension and Ollie Watkins from injury.

Kortney Hause drops to the bench but there is no place in the squad for last week’s starter Bertrand Traoré as well as Trézéguet as they are both absent on AFCON duty.

The bench sees two ‘keepers named with Viljami Sinisalo accompanying regular back up Jed Steer whilst Tim Iroegbunam, Carney Chukwuemeka, Jaden Philogene-Bidace and Cameron Archer represent Villa’s exciting youth prospects.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
Leon Bailey | Thigh, 5 Dec-
Marvelous Nakamba | Knee, 14 Dec -
Ashley Young | Broken Toe, 26 Dec -

On Loan | 4 |
Conor Hourihane, Sheffield United, 30 Aug 21 - 31 May 22
Frédéric Guilbert, RC Strasbourg Alsace, 31 Aug 21 - 30 Jun 22
Keinan Davis, Nottingham Forest, 1 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
Wesley, Sport Club Internacional, 6 Jan 22 to 1 Jan 23

International Tournament | 2 |
W Trézéguet
W Bertrand Traoré

Not Selected | 6 |
GK Filip Marschall
CB Josh Feeney
CB Sil Swinkels
M Hayden Lindley
M Aaron Ramsey
CF Caleb Chukwuemeka

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 57%
Possession A | 43%
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 1
Fouls A | 8

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez
LB Matt Targett
CB Ezri Konsa
CB Tyrone Mings
RB Matty Cash
M Douglas Luiz
M John McGinn
M Jacob Ramsey
W Emiliano Buendía
CF Ollie Watkins
F Danny Ings

SUBSTITUTES

W Anwar El Ghazi for W Emiliano Buendía | 79’ |
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace for M Jacob Ramsey | 86’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
GK Viljami Sinisalo
CB Kortney Hause
M Tim Iroegbunam
M Morgan Sanson
M Carney Chukwuemeka
CF Cameron Archer

THE OPPOSITION

GK David de Gea, RB Diogo Dalot, CB Victor Lindelöf, CB Raphaël Varane, LB Luke Shaw, M Scott McTominay (g), M Fred, M Bruno Fernandes (M Jesse Lingard), F Marcus Rashford (W Anthony Elanga), F Mason Greenwood, CF Edinson Cavani (M Donny van de Beek).

Manager: Ralf Rangnick
Team Cost: £288.45m
Squad Cost: £451.11m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Michael Oliver and VAR manipulate a result at Old Trafford once again as Villa are beaten in the FA Cup despite outplaying Manchester United from first to last, Monday, 10 January 2022.

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MATCH TIMELINE

8’ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Scott McTominay
11’ Booking, Jacob Ramsey
HT Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa
54’ Goal Disallowed, Aston Villa
79’ Sub off, W Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, W Anwar El Ghazi
86’ Sub off, M Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, W Jaden Philogene-Bidace
FT Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Jacob Ramsey made his 45th appearance for the club aged 20 and had now made more starts (23) than substitute appearances (22) for the first time in his Villa career. Meanwhile, Emiliano Buendía makes his fifteenth start for Villa whilst Danny Ings made his fifteen appearance.

QUOTES

“I would agree [that Villa have been the better side]. United have had a lot of the ball but haven’t done a lot with it apart from their goal. Villa have created more chances and looked positive and very organised.”

Dion Dublin.

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“Villa goal disallowed after VAR ‘forensic examination’.”

BBC Sport

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“Technology is here to stay but VAR has to be quicker, with better communication to fans and players and more transparent. Focused on offside but then ruled on block. Ridiculous hanging around so long. It’s added anger to this game.”

Henry Winter, Chief Football Writer, TimesSport

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“It was clearly for the foul. I am not 100% certain Cavani is getting back for the goal. Is it a clear and obvious error? I am not certain it is because I am not certain Cavani would get to the ball.”

Alan Shearer on BBC One.

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“Rather strange intervention from VAR. Seemed determined to find some reason to rule out the goal. Not sure that was anywhere near enough.

Gary Lineker.

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“How long have you got? The officials took three and a half minutes to settle that one. They have looked at two or three things in it.

“When VAR is there and they make a decision you have to accept it. There is nothing you can do to change it. The easy way out is to blame luck and the officials, we won’t do that.”

Steven Gerrard.

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“Very tough. We are out of the FA Cup and coming into this job I saw this competition as an opportunity to have a good run in it.

“The lads gave a lot in terms of performance but we need to learn and close the gap from a performance that was nearly good enough.

“We dominated for large parts but we were not ruthless enough.

“I’ve seen enough tonight in terms of the performance to know that I can get to where I want to get to but we need to learn and learn quickly.

“We need to be more ruthless moving forward, defending crosses we need to be tighter.

“We cannot be having people with free headers in our six yard box. It is quite clear what we need to iron out and we will do it in the short term.”

”It is quite unique to play a team in the space of five or six days. The players have an opportunity to flip the mood, flip the feeling. I am sure they are frustrated. They played quite well and dominated large arts but with no rewards for the performance so they have an opportunity at Villa Park to straighten that out.

“I am not disappointed in the performance tonight just disappointed we didn’t take our chances and conceded a sloppy goal.”

Steven Gerrard.

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McTominay header sends United through as Villa rue missed chances

Manchester United kept alive their best chance of breaking a five-year trophy drought with this victory. Yet their display offered the latest evidence that Ralf Rangnick is still to prove the mid-season Mr Fixit he was hired to be.

Aston Villa will ponder how they did not enjoy a rout. Steven Gerrard’s men attacked when they wanted from the first minute to the last. Somehow United hung on and, while they remain in the Champions League, Rangnick’s brightest hope of ensuring the club do not match their longest sequence for 40 years of no silverware remains a 13th FA Cup triumph.

The big issue for him, however, concerns a group of players who are flatlining: Victor Lindelöf, Marcus Rashford and Raphaël Varane were tonight’s chief culprits but this is a team-wide malaise.

For the seventh game of his interim tenure Rangnick left out Jadon Sancho, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic and Cristiano Ronaldo from the 1-0 loss to Wolves, as Rashford, Diogo Dalot, Lindelöf, Fred and Bruno Fernandes started.

Sancho and Ronaldo had “muscular problems”, the German said, providing a first chance to see United without the latter in a game they must win, the ageing Portuguese’s previous exclusion under Rangnick a meaningless Champions League outing versus Young Boys. In the absence of the 36-year-old might the lesser-spotted gegenpress from the team tutored by the so-called “godfather” of the function be more evident? The answer, in the first half at least, would be no.

Aston Villa’s new signing, Philippe Coutinho, was not involved with Steven Gerrard’s two changes seeing Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins come in for Kourtney Hause and Bertrand Traoré.

United’s mission was to play at a higher tempo than recently. Fernandes and McTominay set the tone via zipping passes and it paid early dividends. Luke Shaw’s corner broke to Fred whose flighted ball into the area was headed home by McTominay with Ezri Konza guilty of not picking him up.

Villa’s response was immediate as they went close from the second of two corners: Douglas Luiz swung the ball in from the left, Mings flicked on and Watkins went close to diverting in after Lindelöf’s failed attempt at a clearing header.

This signalled how open United were, a fact further illustrated when Emiliano Buendía ghosted in from inside their half, Fred unable to stop him, before shooting – and missing – from inside the area.

Gerrard’s frustration was visible when Jacob Ramsey punched through United’s feeble resistance only to pass the ball out of touch. Then, at last, McTominay did what a midfielder should: stop an attack by prodding the ball away from Buendía on the edge of the area. John McGinn was the next Villa player to enjoy the copious amount of space being afforded him by United as he blazed an effort at David de Gea, the Spaniard flinging himself left to save.

Fernandes and Rashford have thus far endured seasons to forget. The latter’s touch was noticeably awry while the former chugged about hoping to find some inspiration. When Fernandes did awake he threatened to breach Villa only to see his effort blocked.
United were still looking vulnerable at the back, however, and poor control from Lindelöf saw Watkins pounce before smacking a shot against the crossbar.

Villa might have been three or four ahead by this stage. United’s next escape came when Ramsey’s attempt deflected off McTominay for a corner.

Rashford did at least close the first half brightly. First he conjured a slick bring-down and pass to Edinson Cavani, who teed up Fernandes, only for the midfielder to shoot over. Then, Fernandes set Rashford running at goal, Konsa doing just about enough to steer him wide.

United opened the second half with a Fernandes corner which Villa repelled with ease. There was still little evidence of the solidity Rangnick desires. This was a team grinding through the gears and they looked to be punished for their sloppiness when Danny Ings headed in from a well-worked free kick. After a lengthy delay the referee, Michael Oliver, was ordered to take another look on the touchline screen and ruled the effort out for offside.

This raised the temperature. McGinn took out Fred, Shaw did the same to Matty Cash, the stadium a wall of Cup-fever noise, especially after Ings was ruled offside after Watkins had poked home.

Villa were fully in charge of proceedings. United were unable to move beyond the edge of their area as the white-shirted wave flowed at them. This was not, simply, good enough for a side of their talent and pedigree.

De Gea was cat-like to save a Cash effort before Shaw’s latest foul had him booked. At the other end Rashford’s refusal to follow-up a rebound from Greenwood’s shot was odd. Near the final whistle Villa could not profit from McGinn’s corner and thus United are still in contention, Villa mystifyingly not.

McTominay header sends United through as Villa rue missed chances

Manchester United kept alive their best chance of breaking a five-year trophy drought with this victory. Yet their display offered the latest evidence that Ralf Rangnick is still to prove the mid-season Mr Fixit he was hired to be.

Aston Villa will ponder how they did not enjoy a rout. Steven Gerrard’s men attacked when they wanted from the first minute to the last. Somehow United hung on and, while they remain in the Champions League, Rangnick’s brightest hope of ensuring the club do not match their longest sequence for 40 years of no silverware remains a 13th FA Cup triumph.

The big issue for him, however, concerns a group of players who are flatlining: Victor Lindelöf, Marcus Rashford and Raphaël Varane were tonight’s chief culprits but this is a team-wide malaise.

For the seventh game of his interim tenure Rangnick left out Jadon Sancho, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic and Cristiano Ronaldo from the 1-0 loss to Wolves, as Rashford, Diogo Dalot, Lindelöf, Fred and Bruno Fernandes started.

Sancho and Ronaldo had “muscular problems”, the German said, providing a first chance to see United without the latter in a game they must win, the ageing Portuguese’s previous exclusion under Rangnick a meaningless Champions League outing versus Young Boys. In the absence of the 36-year-old might the lesser-spotted gegenpress from the team tutored by the so-called “godfather” of the function be more evident? The answer, in the first half at least, would be no.

Aston Villa’s new signing, Philippe Coutinho, was not involved with Steven Gerrard’s two changes seeing Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins come in for Kourtney Hause and Bertrand Traoré.

United’s mission was to play at a higher tempo than recently. Fernandes and McTominay set the tone via zipping passes and it paid early dividends. Luke Shaw’s corner broke to Fred whose flighted ball into the area was headed home by McTominay with Ezri Konza guilty of not picking him up.

Villa’s response was immediate as they went close from the second of two corners: Douglas Luiz swung the ball in from the left, Mings flicked on and Watkins went close to diverting in after Lindelöf’s failed attempt at a clearing header.

This signalled how open United were, a fact further illustrated when Emiliano Buendía ghosted in from inside their half, Fred unable to stop him, before shooting – and missing – from inside the area.

Gerrard’s frustration was visible when Jacob Ramsey punched through United’s feeble resistance only to pass the ball out of touch. Then, at last, McTominay did what a midfielder should: stop an attack by prodding the ball away from Buendía on the edge of the area. John McGinn was the next Villa player to enjoy the copious amount of space being afforded him by United as he blazed an effort at David de Gea, the Spaniard flinging himself left to save.

Fernandes and Rashford have thus far endured seasons to forget. The latter’s touch was noticeably awry while the former chugged about hoping to find some inspiration. When Fernandes did awake he threatened to breach Villa only to see his effort blocked.
United were still looking vulnerable at the back, however, and poor control from Lindelöf saw Watkins pounce before smacking a shot against the crossbar.

Villa might have been three or four ahead by this stage. United’s next escape came when Ramsey’s attempt deflected off McTominay for a corner.

Rashford did at least close the first half brightly. First he conjured a slick bring-down and pass to Edinson Cavani, who teed up Fernandes, only for the midfielder to shoot over. Then, Fernandes set Rashford running at goal, Konsa doing just about enough to steer him wide.

United opened the second half with a Fernandes corner which Villa repelled with ease. There was still little evidence of the solidity Rangnick desires. This was a team grinding through the gears and they looked to be punished for their sloppiness when Danny Ings headed in from a well-worked free kick. After a lengthy delay the referee, Michael Oliver, was ordered to take another look on the touchline screen and ruled the effort out for offside.

This raised the temperature. McGinn took out Fred, Shaw did the same to Matty Cash, the stadium a wall of Cup-fever noise, especially after Ings was ruled offside after Watkins had poked home.

Villa were fully in charge of proceedings. United were unable to move beyond the edge of their area as the white-shirted wave flowed at them. This was not, simply, good enough for a side of their talent and pedigree.

De Gea was cat-like to save a Cash effort before Shaw’s latest foul had him booked. At the other end Rashford’s refusal to follow-up a rebound from Greenwood’s shot was odd. Near the final whistle Villa could not profit from McGinn’s corner and thus United are still in contention, Villa mystifyingly not.