Game #5653

2021-22

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Position:

13th (-)

Premier League

Manchester United

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,968

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Two mistakes, two goals down, another strong performance wasted... or is it... Villa deliver a comeback of Manchester United proportions.

Aston Villa

2-2

Manchester United

Scorer(s) | Jacob Ramsey | 77’ | Philippe Coutinho | 82’ |

Assist(s) | Philippe Coutinho | 77’ | Jacob Ramsey | 82’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5653

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #23 |
League Match | #20 |
Manager Game | #10 |
Saturday, 16 January 2022
Attendance | 41,968 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 5.30pm |
Referee | David Coote, Nottinghamshire |
Half Time Score | 0-1 |
Full Time Result | Drew |
Full Time Score | 2-2 |
Last 5 Games | WLLLD |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: David Coote.
Previous 5: 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟥 | 🟩 | 🟩 |
Incidents: 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |
Assistants: Gary Beswick, Nick Hopton.
Fourth official: Chris Kavanagh.
VAR: Mike Dean.
Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan.

MATCH INCIDENTS

David Coote

Villa

🟨 |

Manchester United

🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

1st XI Cost: £209.86m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £3.06m
Team Cost: £212.92m
Squad Cost: £226.35m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 13/20
Homegrown: 5/20

Starting XI Average Age: 26.24

Oldest Player: 29.86
F Danny Ings

Youngest Player: 20.65
M Jacob Ramsey

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard hands Lucas Digne his debut in place of the benched Matt Targett as Morgan Sanson comes into midfield in place of the suspended John McGinn.

Philippe Coutinho is named in his first squad to take his place on the bench as Kaine Kesler Hayden makes a welcome return to the squad following his loan spell at Swindon, whilst Ashley Young has recovered from his broken toe to return after three games out,

Bertrand Traoré and Trézéguet remain absent on AFCON duty whilst Anwar El Ghazi is no longer with the club.

Jaden Philogene-Bidace drops out but Villa’s under 23s are well represented with Tim Iroegbunam, Carney Chukwuemeka, Cameron Archer and Kesler Hayden in on the bench.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |

W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 |
Thigh, 5 Dec -13 Feb
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Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
Knee, 14 Dec - 9 Apr
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W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Pelvis, 15 Jan - 21 Jan
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Suspension | 1 |

M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
One Match
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Out On Loan | 7 |

M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | Sheffield United
30 Aug 21 - 31 May 22
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RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | Strasbourg
31 Aug 21 - 30 Jun 22
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CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Forest
1 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Internacional
6 Jan 22 - 1 Jan 23
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W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | Everton
13 Jan 22 - 1 Jul 22
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M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cheltenham
11 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Caleb Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Livingston
12 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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International Duty | 2 |

W Trézéguet | 🇪🇬 |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |
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Not Selected | 5 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 |
GK Filip Marschall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Josh Feeney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Sil Swinkels | 🇳🇱 |
M Hayden Lindley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 55%
Possession A | 45%
Shots F | 13
Shots A | 13
Shots on Target F | 9
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 8
Fouls A | 13

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Aaron Danks
Assistant Manager: Gary McAllister
Assistant Manager: Michael Beale
Sporting Director: Johan Lange
Technical Director: Jeremy Oliver

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | 🟩 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |🦵🏼|
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | CB Kortney Hause 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 for CB Ezri Konsa | 46’ |
🔁 | M Philippe Coutinho 🇧🇷 | 🟩 |🦵🏼| ⚽ | for M Morgan Sanson | 68’ |
🔁 | M Carney Chukwuemeka 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 for F Danny Ings | 76’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Kaine Kesler Hayden | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK David de Gea | 🇪🇸 | £22.50m |
RB Diogo Dalot | 🇵🇹 | £19.80m |
CB Victor Lindelöf | 🇸🇪 | £31.50m |
CB Raphaël Varane | 🇫🇷 | £36.00m |
LB Alex Telles | 🇧🇷 | £13.50m |
M Fred | 🇧🇷 | £53.10m |
M Nemanja Matic | 🇷🇸 | 🟨 | £40.23m |
M Bruno Fernandes | 🇵🇹 | ⚽ | ⚽ | 🟨 | £56.70m | 🔁 (M Donny van de Beek 🇳🇱 | £35.10m)
W Anthony Elanga | 🇸🇪 | Yth | 🔁 (W Jadon Sancho 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £76.50m)
F Mason Greenwood | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth | 🔁 (M Jesse Lingard 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth)
CF Edinson Cavani | 🇺🇾 | Free |

Unused:
CB Phil Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £17.37m |
CB Harry Maguire | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £78.30m |
M Juan Mata | 🇪🇸 | £40.26m |
GK Tom Heaton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
GK Dean Henderson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |

Manager: Ralf Rangnick | 🇩🇪 |
1st XI Cost: £273.33m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 1/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: £111.60m
Team Cost: £384.93m
Squad Cost: £520.86m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 7/20
Homegrown: 4/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Steven Gerrard marks his tenth game in charge of Villa with a second successive match against Manchester United.

Villa’s most expensive starting line up of the season (£209.86m) costs less than Manchester United’s 8 man bench that includes two free goalkeepers (£247.53m) as the opposition squad arrives at Villa Park with a value of £520.86m compared to Villa’s £226.35m.

Matty Cash makes his 50th appearance since joining the club in September 2020.

Emiliano Buendía makes his 20th appearance since arriving from Norwich in June 2021.

Morgan Sanson makes his 15th appearance for the club since arriving in January 2021 and only his sixth start.

Now 18 year old Carney Chukwuemeka makes his 10th appearance for Villa.

Lucas Digne, 28, makes his Villa debut after his arrival from Everton for a fee of £27,000,000 on Tuesday.

Philippe Coutinho, 29, makes a goalscoring Villa debut as a 68’ substitute after joining on loan from Barcelona creating Jacob Ramsey's goal for good measure before the young Brummie returned the favour.

Jed Steer makes his 120th appearance as an unused substitute since 2013.

Philippe Coutinho inspires Villa to a stunning comeback on debut as Jacob Ramsey matches the celebrated Brazilian step to by step.

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MATCH TIMELINE

🟩 | 1’ Debut, Lucas Digne
⚽ | 6’ Goal, 0-1, (Manchester United), Bruno Fernandes
🟨 | 27’ Booking, Lucas Digne, Bad foul
⏱️ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
🔁 | 46’ Sub off, Ezri Konsa, Sub on, Kortney Hause
⚽ | 67’ Goal, 0-2, (Manchester United), Bruno Fernandes
🔁 | 68’ Sub off, Morgan Sanson, Sub on, Philippe Coutinho | 🟩 | DEBUT
🔁 | 76’ Sub off, Danny Ings, Sub on, Carney Chukwuemeka
⚽ | 77’ Goal, 1-2, Jacob Ramsey,🦵🏼Assist by Philippe Coutinho
⚽ | 82’ Goal, 2-2, Philippe Coutinho,🦵🏼Assist by Jacob Ramsey
⏱️ | FT Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United

MANAGER WATCH

👎 Steven Gerrard's points per game standing is 20th of 33 Villa bosses after 10 games.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“I missed these games and the Premier League. I’m very happy to be here with my new teammates.

“It was a good start, we kept believing until the end, but we didn’t lose.

“I don’t speak English very well, I prefer to be on the pitch than talking all the time.

“I’m happy, it was the first game and I want to work hard to improve and be in better shape.”

“I’m here and I’m focussed on the objectives of the club and the manager and I want to a good job to help my teammates and the club.”

Philippe Coutinho.

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“I think I’ve scored three goals in the Prem, and both of [the first two] were away.

“I said to myself the next one had to be at home.

“I had the one disallowed against Leicester but I’m happy to get my first Villa Park goal.”

“The Holte End singing your name: coming through the academy, that is what dreams are made of.”

Jacob Ramsey.

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“We were very positive in all the preparation work we did.

“We should have taken confidence from Monday [FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford] but we didn’t start the game in the right place and were second best for 25 minutes.

“The first goal was coming because we didn’t look right in that time. We improved slightly but certainly deserved to be trailing at the break. I had to tell a few home truths and the reaction was fantastic.

“We conceded against the run of play but didn’t feel sorry for ourselves, we continued to show character and believe.

“I’ve got no problem with people making mistakes because they are making mistakes trying to do the right things, but what I can’t accept is the first 25 minutes and how we played.”

“[The comeback] came off the back of us rolling our sleeves up and committing to the game, being aggressive, winning duels, being positive and playing on the front foot.

“The two goals we scored were fantastic. The substitutions really brought something to the game, but second half, I thought JJ was outstanding.

“He really showed why a lot of people are talking about him right now.

“At 2-0 down, a young kid, a homegrown lad to go and take the game by the scruff of the neck was really pleasing.

“When we went two down in the second half we had a choice whether to feel sorry for ourselves and go under or carry on believing.

“Phil [Coutinho] gave me exactly what I wanted from the bench. It is only a matter of time before he is better.

“There is still room for him to get fitter and stronger.”

Steven Gerrard.

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Saturday, 15 January 2022

"Philippe Coutinho scored a late equaliser on his Aston Villa debut as Steven Gerrard's side fought back from two goals down to draw a pulsating Premier League duel with Manchester United at Villa Park."

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**Philippe Coutinho scored a late equaliser on his Aston Villa debut as Steven Gerrard’s side fought back from two goals down to draw a pulsating Premier League duel with Manchester United at Villa Park.**

Coutinho was just about to be introduced by Villa boss Gerrard midway through the second half when Bruno Fernandes slammed home his second goal of the game off the underside of the bar.

But the Brazilian proved the catalyst for a memorable response.

First he drove at the United defence, helping to create the space which Jacob Ramsey exploited to halve the deficit.

Then Ramsey slid over an excellent cross from the left which Raphael Varane was unable to intercept as he slid back, leaving Coutinho to finish into an empty net.

The goal brought celebrations at both ends of the pitch as Emiliano Martinez also went into the crowd in relief - it was the Argentine’s horrible sixth-minute error that had gifted Fernandes the visitors’ opener.
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Coutinho the catalyst

Given his background - with Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich - Coutinho is a bold loan signing by Villa, and underlines the pedigree of the man they appointed as manager in November.

Gerrard is not at Villa to learn how to avoid relegation.

His demands remain as high as they were as a player and Coutinho’s arrival is an example of that.

Villa are a better team since Gerrard’s arrival and, after a sluggish start against opponents they dominated but lost to in the FA Cup five days ago, they grew into the game.

The club’s other newboy, Lucas Digne, was among those denied by United keeper David de Gea at the end of the first half - in unorthodox fashion, with his knees.

Ollie Watkins did not really test the Spain keeper when Villa broke after Edinson Cavani lost possession in his own half. However, Emi Buendia certainly did with a near-post header. Rooted to his line, De Gea’s reactions were up to the job as he beat Buendia’s effort away.

When De Gea produced more saves after half-time to deny Ramsey and Digne again, it appeared the image of the night for Villa would be midfielder Morgan Sanson kicking a drinks bottle in fury after his error in gifting Fred possession to set up Fernandes for the visitors’ second had been followed immediately by his substitution.

However, as it was the prelude to Coutinho’s arrival, it was the moment that changed the course of the game - and the acclaim for the Brazilian at the final whistle indicated Villa’s fans are already firmly behind him.

### United display usual failings

This was another frustrating experience for United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick who is trying, so far without success, to find a way for his team to get control of games and find the balance between defence and attack.

United could not have been given more of a gift to get their noses in front as Martinez appeared to be distracted by an off-the-ball run from Cavani and dropped what should have been a routine save from Fernandes 20-yard shot through his legs and into his net.

Yet, as was so often the case under predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a bright start gave way to difficulties.

With Cristiano Ronaldo among the absentees, Rangnick went for a bold alternative in 19-year-old Swede Anthony Elanga.

The move worked to an extent but as United came under increasing pressure, their attacking threat was reduced to periodic counters.

Fernandes’ second - the first time he has scored more than one in a game since his opening-day hat-trick against Leeds - should have sealed victory. But they lacked the nous to see out the game and instead were pulled around far too easily.

After starting with back-to-back league wins, Rangnick has now seen his side muster five points from four games and they remain seventh, worryingly still a point behind a Tottenham side Antonio Conte is clearly not happy with, but who also have two games in hand on United.

**Philippe Coutinho scored a late equaliser on his Aston Villa debut as Steven Gerrard’s side fought back from two goals down to draw a pulsating Premier League duel with Manchester United at Villa Park.**

Coutinho was just about to be introduced by Villa boss Gerrard midway through the second half when Bruno Fernandes slammed home his second goal of the game off the underside of the bar.

But the Brazilian proved the catalyst for a memorable response.

First he drove at the United defence, helping to create the space which Jacob Ramsey exploited to halve the deficit.

Then Ramsey slid over an excellent cross from the left which Raphael Varane was unable to intercept as he slid back, leaving Coutinho to finish into an empty net.

The goal brought celebrations at both ends of the pitch as Emiliano Martinez also went into the crowd in relief - it was the Argentine’s horrible sixth-minute error that had gifted Fernandes the visitors’ opener.
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Coutinho the catalyst

Given his background - with Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich - Coutinho is a bold loan signing by Villa, and underlines the pedigree of the man they appointed as manager in November.

Gerrard is not at Villa to learn how to avoid relegation.

His demands remain as high as they were as a player and Coutinho’s arrival is an example of that.

Villa are a better team since Gerrard’s arrival and, after a sluggish start against opponents they dominated but lost to in the FA Cup five days ago, they grew into the game.

The club’s other newboy, Lucas Digne, was among those denied by United keeper David de Gea at the end of the first half - in unorthodox fashion, with his knees.

Ollie Watkins did not really test the Spain keeper when Villa broke after Edinson Cavani lost possession in his own half. However, Emi Buendia certainly did with a near-post header. Rooted to his line, De Gea’s reactions were up to the job as he beat Buendia’s effort away.

When De Gea produced more saves after half-time to deny Ramsey and Digne again, it appeared the image of the night for Villa would be midfielder Morgan Sanson kicking a drinks bottle in fury after his error in gifting Fred possession to set up Fernandes for the visitors’ second had been followed immediately by his substitution.

However, as it was the prelude to Coutinho’s arrival, it was the moment that changed the course of the game - and the acclaim for the Brazilian at the final whistle indicated Villa’s fans are already firmly behind him.

### United display usual failings

This was another frustrating experience for United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick who is trying, so far without success, to find a way for his team to get control of games and find the balance between defence and attack.

United could not have been given more of a gift to get their noses in front as Martinez appeared to be distracted by an off-the-ball run from Cavani and dropped what should have been a routine save from Fernandes 20-yard shot through his legs and into his net.

Yet, as was so often the case under predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a bright start gave way to difficulties.

With Cristiano Ronaldo among the absentees, Rangnick went for a bold alternative in 19-year-old Swede Anthony Elanga.

The move worked to an extent but as United came under increasing pressure, their attacking threat was reduced to periodic counters.

Fernandes’ second - the first time he has scored more than one in a game since his opening-day hat-trick against Leeds - should have sealed victory. But they lacked the nous to see out the game and instead were pulled around far too easily.

After starting with back-to-back league wins, Rangnick has now seen his side muster five points from four games and they remain seventh, worryingly still a point behind a Tottenham side Antonio Conte is clearly not happy with, but who also have two games in hand on United.