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Man Utd player ratings vs Aston Villa: Viva Alejandro Garnacho! Teen star sparks epic comeback before match-winner Rasmus Hojlund gets the perfect late Christmas present

Alejandro Garnacho was already a much-loved figure among Manchester United fans, but now he is an idol. When everyone around him looked shot on confidence, the Argentine believed. And he dragged his team back from the dead against Aston Villa and towards an epic victory.

INEOS sporting director Sir Dave Brailsford was watching from the stands in the first game since Sir Jim Ratcliffe's firm confirmed their 25 percent stake in the club, and in the first half he must have thought they had made a massive mistake investing so much in this fallen giant.

John McGinn had given Villa the lead from a free-kick which he had intended as a cross, and moments later Leander Dendoncker twisted the knife into United after more terrible defending from a set-piece.

But United came out fired-up after the break and Garnacho led their fightback. He had a goal narrowly ruled out for offside but kept believing and pulled United level in no time with two goals.

It then fell to Rasmus Hojlund to find the winner and score his first Premier League goal in the process. This truly was a night to remember for United, who have been in the doldrums all season yet still have this remarkable spirit to turn dust into gold.

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