What Steven Gerrard had planned for Cristiano Ronaldo as Aston Villa transfer decision explained

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The shoddy logic behind Danny Ings’s outright equalizer last night would continue for the next few days, knowing that Aston Villa had a chance to beat Manchester United.

Steven Gerrard’s side were top drawer for the large part at Old Trafford on Monday evening, after the boss himself outlined how a nearly four-minute VAR decision killed Villa’s momentum.

As Villa crashed out of the third round of the FA Cup for a sixth season on a spin, Aston Villa reporter from Birminghamlive Ashley Preiss Looking forward to the Premier League meeting with United at Villa Park on Saturday, picks up some quirky and talking points…

‘Almost not good’

We could probably go on all day about that embarrassing VAR decision, but in the post-match press conference, Gerrard refused to blame the moment immediately after half-time and, instead, outlined how His villa side was still below immaculate levels my demands.

Villa have picked up an unwanted ‘almost man’ tag in recent weeks, showing a great deal of effort, spirit and bravery in defeats against the likes of Man City, Liverpool and for some part Chelsea, while it did in defeats against United. Last night was different. Far better team with Villa.

Gerard himself put it bluntly, adding: “There’s a difference between being almost and good enough at the moment. We need to close the gap. Not nearly enough for me or Aston Villa.”

The manager was critical of his players for lacking killer instincts against Ralph Rangnick’s men with Ollie Watkins guilty of missing big opportunities at other big moments.

“At this stage, you have to execute, you have to be ruthless, you have to take your chances,” he said, perhaps with the arrival of a certain Philippe Coutinho set to add to that little magic at the front of the pitch. needed at the ends.

Ronaldo’s biggest weakness

Manchester United players during their team’s 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers

Before kick-off, Gerrard and his team of coaches had a clear plan up their sleeve to better United from the set-piece.

Birmingham Live Saw a screen-grab on a monitor that read, ‘Expect Ronaldo to leave space’ from corners and free-kick.

It was a clear move from Villa if Cristiano Ronaldo played as we all thought he would.

Although the Portuguese was ruled out with a muscle problem, Villa could well make a comeback at the park this weekend.

And, as the monitor suggested, it was Gerrard who attempted to target Ronaldo’s lax attitude to defending set-play in United’s penalty area. Now it will be interesting to see who stays close to Ronaldo on Saturday, should he start, knowing that could be a weakness to exploit.

gerard’s box office

Steven Gerrard walks out ahead of the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford
Steven Gerrard walks out ahead of the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford

Back to the start now and Gerard’s always on the touchline a box-office watch. The manager tends to be in and around the dressing room before kick-off, while his predecessor Dean Smith liked to watch the opposition warmly in an attempt to clear up a rift in their love interest.

Meanwhile, Gerrard was met with a hostile reception at Old Trafford and booed onto the pitch – before turning straight to Stratford End to stare at United fans who were laughing at him.

The owner of Villa looked directly into the eyes of United supporters and, amid anti-Scorcher chants launched at him, Gerard remained calm and grabbed him.

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Throughout the game, the 41-year-old kept urging Villa to be more courageous, knowing that United were there to take on. He further yelled at Matty Cash for continuing the bombshell because the ex-Forest man was not being tracked down that channel by Marcus Rashford or Luke Shaw.

However, Gerrard cut down on the disappointed man as chance by chance kept begging for Villa, while inconsistencies in Amy Béndia’s game almost tore her hair out.

Gerrard smiled at last night’s abuse at Old Trafford and said: “I’ve been to more noisy stadiums than this. It was a good cup tie, a good atmosphere but in terms of what I got, water came out of a duck’s back.” Gone. “

Kessler, Digne and Full-Back

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Ken Kessler Hayden during his final game for Swindon Town, clash with Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup

Keeping up with Gerrard’s post-match comments and the Villa chief addressed Everton’s interest in left-back Lucas Digne.

“We are working hard on the target. “It is not honorable to mention any names but there is no smoke without fire and we want to try and improve certain areas of our team and our squad.”

Villa are still in talks with the Toffee for the £25million Frenchman as Gerard looks to improve the full-back.

Boss spoke at length about his full-back department last night, and explained why he missed highly-rated right-back Kaine Kessler-Hayden from his loan spell at Swindon on Monday.

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“I want to see him,” said Gerard. “I want to take a closer look at him and analyze him closely, and then decide if he goes back to Swindon or whether he finds a different challenge.

“But … do we see enough to keep him in because in full-back areas we are really short.

“We have only one option in both. Ashley Young covers the whole back but he is injured with a broken toe and I know, if Ash had his choice, he would have wanted to raise the pitch … it’s my job to find a solution and try to cover and add in full-back areas.”

From here the pressure mounts on Matty Cash and Matt Targett, knowing that Gerrard will have to include his opening shirt in that department in the days and weeks to come.

Both Cash and Target haven’t had a viable competition this season, and that’s about to change, as the pair weren’t at their best again last night.

New Quarter-Previous Role

John McGuin takes on Scott McTominay during the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford
John McGuin takes on Scott McTominay during the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford

An interesting watch on the past few fixtures has been a certain John McGinn.

Scott is no longer making lung-busting runs in the box to get to the end of things. Instead, he’s taking a Gerard-esque quarter-back position at the halfway line and popping balls over the top or through opposition defenses.

At Old Trafford, McGinn Villa had the master (45), 10 of whom were long deliveries from deep. The midfielder, who topped Villa’s stats for long balls against Brentford last week, struck a beauty early on for Watkins and it set the tone in Manchester. None of the last night (five) crossed McGinn more, with one helping Villa equalize in the second half.

McGinn’s status and current role at this Villa side reflect Gerrard’s under-reflection to Brendan Rodgers during their time together at Liverpool. There now appears to be a way for McGinn to pretend as opposed to being like a bull in a china shop. The Villa favorite scans what’s in front of him and looks for the clever and complicated runs of Danny Ings and Watkins.

Sadly, McGuin has been banned for this weekend’s encounter with United at Villa Park, as are Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw. Morgan Sanson is most likely to come in for McGinn.

England Scouting Mission

Marcus Rashford fights with Ezri Konsa during the English FA Cup third round football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford
Marcus Rashford fights with Ezri Konsa during the English FA Cup third round football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford

Gareth Southgate’s right-hander Steve Holland was casting his watchful eye on a whole host of England performers in the posh seats of Old Trafford last night.

Shaw, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were United’s English quartet on show, while for Villa, Tyrone Mings, Target, Jacob Ramsey, Watkins and Danny Ings were all looking to impress.

However, out of all the ones mentioned, it is Konsa who once again saw a class act when he bid for his place in the Three Lions setup for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

The 24-year-old has spoken of his disappointment at recently missing out on England’s squads, while previously acknowledging how Portugal had been monitoring his situation, knowing he qualified through his grandparents. .

England’s next match is in June when the Premier League campaign ends and Villa Park has the Carrot of the World Cup to keep standards high for Konsa & Co.

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Villa’s abode! mantra

And finally the chant was recited in a new tongue from 3,000 away at Old Trafford.

wham! To wake me up before you go, Villa supporters sang, ‘Wake me up before you go, you need Grealish when you’ve got cottonin-ho!’

Sadly, I can’t see the catch on him at Holte’s End this weekend, but we’ll see. It was a great effort and it made me smile!

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