Aston Villa player ratings vs Manchester United: McGuin impresses as Buendia shows promise – Ashley Preiss

Aston Villa crashed out of the FA Cup third round under controversial circumstances as VAR came to the rescue of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Scottish midfielder Scott McTominay had put the home team ahead after just eight minutes, but after that, it was all Villa as Ollie Watkins reached close in the first half and broke the crossbar from close range.

After the break, it took a five-minute VAR call to chalk up Danny Ings’ goal when Villa Ace drove home a header from Ezri Konsa trailing the goal.

It was initially thought that the decision to call it off was in Ings’ offside position, but with Ollie Watkins failing to flick it, referee Michael Oliver decided that Jacob Ramsey was in an offside position before jumping with Edinson Cavani. were in Creation.

That decision prompted Villa with Matty Cash and Watkins testing David de Gea as Gerrard’s men in the white rally.

Before kick-off, however, it was head coach Gerard who set his stall to be as strong as possible to take Villa to the fourth round for the first time since 2016.

Watkins and captain Tyrone Mings were recalled to the starting XI, but after a slow start, United thanked McTominay.

It was a curved ball from Brazilian midfielder Fred, unmistakable Villa as McTominay between Ezri Konsa and Mings, to go home to Amy Martinez.

Villa kicked to life after that, however, with Watkins moving closer to the away post after a well-done act, while moments later, the former Brentford ace bettered the crossbar to a hapless Victor Lindelof.

The Swedish defender attempted to trap a high ball, but got it all wrong as Watkins stepped forward, cutting from the inside before selecting Power as his effort was cannoned from the crossbar and De Gea took a good shot. was beaten up.

After the break, Villa continued to dominate before the ball was in the net.

John McGuin, excellent all-game, defender slams a free-kick into Konsa at the far post before putting the ball into the six-yard box, before Ings bundled home and sent him into delirium.

The celebrations were short-lived, however, Oliver went on screen to check the target and, in doing so, called on Captain Mings and Fernandes to explain his decision.

The final call was that Ramsey was in an offside position as McGuin drove into the box, with 20-year-old Cavani competing to win the ball.

Exactly 10 minutes later the ball was again in the back of the net as Ings ran as Watkins made his dipped effort, on this occasion the pair between United’s high line, offside.

And it proved that despite the possession of the villa. It is now six years on the spin that Villa are out of the FA Cup in the third round as Gerrard prepares to welcome Ralph Rangnik’s men to Villa Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

Here’s your player’s rating from a spirited performance by Villa, who again lacked that small lead in the last third.

player rating

Initial Formation: 4-3-2-1

Amy Martinez: No chance stood with McTominay’s close-range header. The Argentine, who once again showed clean handling from the high balls, equaled the efforts of Cavani, Luke Shaw and McTominay from the range. Martinez defended Greenwood well in the second half and was generally as healthy as ever. 7

Matty Cash: Came up with some significant clearance and interception, while Gerard urged him to continue further bombardment. A cash-driven one that had to be well defended by De Gea in the second half when Villa went strong. Much better than cash here. 7

Aston Villa’s Matty Cash, left, vies for the ball with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford

Ezri Konsa: It was McTominay who pulled Conesa and Mings home in the opener. Konsa was strong against the likes of Fernandes, however, with Cavani the man who chose to play on Mings instead. Gareth is rarely upset in front of Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland. 7

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Scott McTominay scores against Aston Villa for Manchester United

Tyrone Mings: mings The centre-back transformed into Ryan Giggs moments before United ran down the left side of the box before entering the penalty area. The captain was guilty of playing Rashford’s choice onside in the first half as the lineman kept telling him so. Villa looked very strong with Mings from the start with his absence at Brentford the last time. Cavani didn’t get a sniff as Mings seemed well off on the job in the back. 7

Matt Target: Struggled here again after their low-end performance against Brentford last week. It was Greenwood and Rashford who washed him several times in that first half, while in the second, the target improved slightly as Villa got stronger. Gerrard would have liked to see more from Target, which included relentless transfer talks involving Villa’s search for a new left-back. Overwhelmed. 6

John McGinn: The United Wide Open was cut short by moments as he freed Watkins with a brilliant ball from the deep. Scott made a sweet effort from 25 yards that equaled De Gea. McGinn was furious with the officials as Fernandes knocked him down – only for Scott to steam up at Fred as the atmosphere went up a notch after Villa’s goal was chalked up. McGinn was Villa’s mister in midfield and let his teammates go, much to the delight of fans away in the corner. McGinn was of great importance in the middle of the park, while he appears to have taken the quarter-back position, playing deep and picking passes at the top for the likes of Watkins and Ings. 8 *

Douglas Luiz: Perhaps United was guilty of losing McTominay to a delivery from Fred for the opener, but the Brazilian was for the most part spotless in terms of his passing and positioning. Douglas faded a bit in the second half but always made sure he was pressing a red shirt. 7

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Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz argues with referee Michael Oliver during their FA Cup third round clash with Manchester United

Jacob Ramsey: Over-hit a pass out for Cash, which Gerrard was furious about in the first half. The youngster nearly equalized with an effort that overtook McTominay. Not the vintage Ramsey here, sadly, before he left for Philogene-Bides as of late. Another big learning game for the 20-year-old who, at present, seems to have lost a little bit of his faith a few weeks back. The trigger needs to be pulled further. 6

Emi Bendia: Able to go from talented to bad, such is his level of consistency currently as he bids to find some form under Gerard. Buendia first fired Fred and Shaw skin wide, while at times, he was guilty of giving possession too cheaply, much to Gerard’s annoyance at the touchline. Buendia’s best work in that final third in and around the 18-yard box. The Argentine player struggled to play for a consistent period and, again, played in short spurts, which made us all want more. 7

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Aston Villa’s Emiliano Buendia (centre) attempts a goal during their FA Cup third round clash with Manchester United

Danny Ings: Worked tirelessly as center point, and was only a few yards from turning Buendia’s effort into the far post. Ings thought he was still unable to equalize after half-time as he took a closer look at home – only for Michael Oliver to chalk it up. Ings was again 10 minutes later, reducing de Gea’s own effort, but in doing so was offside. 6

Ollie Watkins: broke the crossbar – and should have scored – from inside the six-yard box after Cruyff-turning past Lindelof who made a mistake that allowed Watkins in. Villa’s No. 11 had an early chance at the away post as Lindelof got a crucial touch after Ming’s near-post flick-on. It looked like Watkins flicked the ball to bounce home for Ings, but Michael Oliver dismissed it for Ramsey’s early foul on Cavani in the build-up. Rainn Lindelof ragged, but lacks the finishing skills that Ings has in abundance. 7

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Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins shoots under pressure from Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof

substitute player

Anwar Al Ghazi (for Buendia, 79 min): Bright high and wide late.

Jaden Philogen-Bidase (for J. Ramsey, for 85 minutes): Came on and played on the right as Villa led 4-4-2.

Subscription not used: Jade Steer, Viljami Sinisalo, Morgan Sanson, Courteney Hodge, Carney Chukwuemeka, Cameron Archer, Tim Iroegbunam.

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Manchester United, 4-2-3-1: Surname; Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes (Lingard, 85), Rashford (Elanga, 85); Cavani (from Beak, 70).

Members not used: Heaton, Alex Telles, Wan-Bissaka, Amad, Mata, Matic.


Manchester United: McTominay (8)

Aston Villa: no scorer

the officials

Referee: Michael Oliver

War: Darren England

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Manchester United at Villa Park in the Premier League on Saturday, January 15; kick-off at 5.30; live on sky sports