Aston Villa crashed out of the FA Cup in the third round stage following a loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night.
Despite Villa having a better chance of winning the game, Scott McTominay’s opening header was enough to tear the two sides apart.
There was also a controversial VAR decision when Villa thought they had equalized in the second half through Danny Ings, the goal eventually being dismissed for offside.
Steven Gerrard’s men will look to make his comeback on United when they host the same team at Villa Park in the Premier League on Saturday.
An amusing encounter at Old Trafford’s game led to many things, with the national media praising Villa’s performance despite the defeat.
Here is an excerpt of what he had to say.
Wire , jason burtu
Villa had the chances and were undoubtedly the better, more cohesive team and were left with a burning complaint after a clear equalizer goal at the start of the second half, a controversial and, crucially, too long a strike intervention. was later rejected.
While United scored the only goal, debate surrounded Danny Ings’ decision to reject the strike when he bundled the ball home from close-range. War Darren England began to investigate whether Ings was offside, then whether Ollie Watkins was offside, then whether Ings had handled the ball, before finally settling on the decision that Jacob Ramsey was offside and blocked himself. He had ‘activated’ himself. Edison Cavani escapes to reach a free-kick he never gets.
It all appeared as a bit of a stretch with Villa fans crying out that officials were looking for reasons to pull out the equalizer. By no means should it have taken three minutes and 36 seconds to reach the decision as that time delay in itself confirmed that nothing was clear and obvious and referee Michael Oliver originally scored the ‘goal’ Was.
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Guardian MILF Jamie Jackson
Aston Villa would consider how they didn’t enjoy a route. Steven Gerrard’s men attacked United from the first minute to the last. Somehow the hosts survived and as long as they remained in the Champions League, Rangnik is the fastest hope of ensuring that the club does not match its longest period without silverware in 40 years, a 13th FA Cup win. Has been made …
… Villa were in charge, United unable to advance past the edge of their field as a wave of white shirts swept over them. This, simply, was not enough for a side of United’s talent and pedigree and they needed to be like De Gea’s cat to save the cash effort and maintain their advantage.
daily Mail MILF Ian Ladyman
On Monday night Villa controlled the rhythm, tempo and pattern. He also had more balls. He didn’t have enough quality inside United’s penalty area and certainly didn’t have any luck.
It was a super spectacle. It was full of incident and attack intent. There was no shortage of big moments on either end and perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that it was such a close affair. With Villa rising after Gerrard’s appointment, it is probably about United’s level right now.
Independent , Mark Critchley
a reaction [from Manchester United] That was needed after a loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers last week. Villa would leave feeling like they played just like their neighbors in the West Midlands, only their efforts had nothing to show for it. From the moment they went from McTominay’s header to the final whistle, they were on the better side and fed up with a feverish atmosphere, which was only exacerbated by Gerrard’s presence in the far dugout. Yet for all his chances and controversially rejected the Danny Ings equalizer, he was eliminated…
…Villa kept pushing for an equalizer, knowing they couldn’t come much closer to finding one. Watkins once again had the ball in the back of the net, only to have the offside flag be raised much earlier and this time with more conviction. The Villa striker then sent another low, drilled shot a few inches wide of David de Gea’s far post minutes later. It was one-way traffic and only got worse for United, who were not even offering the intermittent threat they had shown in the first half.
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