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Aston Villa v Manchester United Live Commentary, 06/11/2022

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3 - 1
AVL
MUN
L. Bailey (7)
L. Digne (11)
J. Ramsey (49)
J. Ramsey (45 og)
Villa Park

Commentary

That concludes our commentary of the Premier League fixture between Aston Villa and Manchester United! We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Aston Villa are facing familiar opponents in their next match, travelling to play Manchester United in the League Cup on Thursday ahead of a Premier League meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion next Sunday. United will look for their revenge against the Villains on Thursday before visiting Fulham on Sunday.
Aston Villa end their 27-year winless run at home against Manchester United, with Emery’s side taking all-three points in his first match in charge at Villa Park. The new coach could not have asked for a better start, with Bailey and Digne both finding the back of the net in the first 11 minutes to give the hosts a lead and some cushion. An unlucky own goal from Ramsey on the stroke of half-time would reduce the deficit at the interval but the winger was determined to make amends, scoring a screamer four minutes after the restart to restore the two-goal advantage and add a strike to his earlier assist. Ten Hag’s side offered precious little going forward despite the deficit, with a slow and disjointed attack failing to ask Emiliano Martinez many questions. The win puts Aston Villa into 13th, while Manchester United temporarily stay fifth.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: ASTON VILLA 3-1 MANCHESTER UNITED.
90' + 4' Emery is still prowling the touchline with two minutes left to go, barking out instructions to his side and reminding them to remain compact. It looks as though the job is done for the hosts though, as they've just won a corner-kick to continue to kill time.
90' + 2' The fourth official indicates six minutes will be added to the end of the match for stoppages.
M. Sanson
L. Dendoncker
Aston Villa
90' A late change in midfield sees Sanson take over for Dendoncker.
E. Martínez
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
88' Unsurprisingly, Emiliano Martinez is shown a yellow card for time-wasting with two minutes left in regulation.
87' Ramsey slips a pass into the Manchester United penalty area for the unlikely figure of Konsa, who takes a touch to set himself before seeing his shot blocked behind for a corner by Eriksen.
85' Aston Villa won 4-0 against Brentford in their last Premier League home game, but they've not won consecutive matches at Villa Park within the same season since January 2021.
83' Martial’s cross fails to allow a team-mate to get on the end of it as the substitute striker sends his delivery right into the arms of Emiliano Martinez, who immediately drops to his knees to sap a few more seconds from the clock.
81' Rashford scoops in a cross for Elanga but Young is back and in the right place to whack it away at the first time of asking as Manchester United begin to camp just outside of the Aston Villa penalty area.
A. Young
L. Digne
Aston Villa
79' An alteration at left-back sees Digne given a rest, with the experience of Young trusted to see out the remainder of the game.
D. Ings
E. Buendía
Aston Villa
79' Buendia's match comes to an end 11 minutes from time, with Ings given a chance to stretch his legs.
B. Kamara
O. Watkins
Aston Villa
78' Kamara comes on for Ings as Emery looks to preserve the result.
76' With just under 15 minutes left in the match, the hosts look confident and comfortable. United have attacked sparingly, forcing Emiliano Martinez into just three saves in the match - one in the second half. They still have time to steal a point but they'll have to turn up the intensity and move the ball quicker.
74' Luiz is furious as is the home support with the midfielder’s cleverly threaded pass out to Ramsey from the centre-circle hitting the referee which stops play. Aston Villa looked to be on the counter-attack but they’ll be forced to restart play from a free-kick, which allows Manchester United to reorganise.
Diogo Dalot
Yellow Card
Manchester United
72' Dalot is shown a yellow card for dissent after having a little bit too much to say to the referee during the awarding of a Manchester United free-kick.
72' Ronaldo stands over a free-kick 24 yards from goal but the Portugal international can only send his low drive into the wall, which stands firm and does its job to protect the goalkeeper.
J. McGinn
L. Bailey
Aston Villa
70' Bailey comes off after an electric 70 minutes, with McGinn on in his place.
69' Play is stopped for Elanga, who has remained down inside the penalty area after a potential head injury. It appears as though the substitute winger received Emiliano Martinez’s hand to the face, which warrants a check from the medical staff.
67' Lisandro Martinez plays a lovely cross into the penalty area for Elanga, who is beaten to the ball by an alert Emiliano Martinez. The goalkeeper comes flying off his line and flaps at it, catching both the ball and the player during his clearance but it’s not deemed to be a foul despite United protests for a spot-kick.
A. Martial
D. van de Beek
Manchester United
66' Donny Van De Beek's quiet match comes to an end as he's brought off for Martial with 25 minutes to go.
A. Elanga
A. Garnacho
Manchester United
65' It's a triple-change for Manchester United, who also replace Garnacho with Elanga.
T. Malacia
L. Shaw
Manchester United
65' A change at left-back sees Malacia come on for Shaw.
63' Lisandro Martinez and Bailey battle for the ball near the byline, with the centre-back getting the better of his opponent. The winger goes down under what looks like two potential elbow blows into the midriff from the Argentina international, though again VAR declines to intervene on a charge of violent conduct.
T. Mings
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
61' It looks as though Mings is also given a yellow card for the scrum.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Yellow Card
Manchester United
61' The referee comes across and shows Ronaldo a yellow card for his part in the fracas, with the frustrated striker unable to contain his emotions.
60' There’s a fight breaking out inside the penalty area following Garnacho’s win of a corner-kick. It looks as though a frustrated Ronaldo attempted to put Mings in a headlock, with the defender doing his best to fight off the striker. There is a VAR check in progress ahead of the set-piece, with a charge of violent conduct a possibility.
59' Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 23 Premier League away games against Aston Villa (W15 D8), since a 3-1 loss on the opening day of the 1995-96 campaign. It’s the longest unbeaten away run one team has had against another in English league history.
57' It looks as though Ten Hag has started preparing substitutes as we approach the hourmark, with the coach eager to shock his side into life with entrants from the bench. Despite missing a few key players, there is still more than enough quality at his disposal to change the game.
55' Play is stopped for Mings, who has gone down off the ball in his own half. The medical team have come onto the pitch to take a look at the Aston Villa centre-back, who has not put a foot wrong today.
53' Casemiro looks to receive Eriksen’s pass and sweep it forward for Garnacho but again Manchester United look somewhat lax and predictable as Cash comes across to put it out for a throw-in, which gives the hosts a chance to reorganise.
51' Ramsey has had quite the busy day today, involving himself in three of the games’ four goals; an assist, an own goal and a strike of his own. It will be hard for Emery to leave him on the bench after today, with the dynamic and versatile youngster showing all of his capabilities.
O. Watkins
Assist
Aston Villa
49' Watkins picks up his first goal involvement of the game, assisting Ramsey's goal four minutes after the restart.
J. Ramsey
Goal
Aston Villa
49' RAMSEY MAKES IT THREE! 3-1 ASTON VILLA! It’s an expert finish from Ramsey, who gets into the penalty area with a late run and meets Watkins’ cut-back pass from the byline with a fantastic first-time finish, blasting his shot high into the roof of the goal!
47' Bailey drives forward immediately after the kick-off, skipping past two Manchester United defenders before hitting a strike from just under 30 yards out that forces De Gea into a stooping catch.
46' Aston Villa restart the match from the kick-off!
Without Fernandes, Manchester United will have to get creative if they wish to add an attacking element to the middle of the park. McTominay could be introduced for Van De Beek, which would allow Eriksen to play in the hole, while either Martial or Elanga could be used to add a bit more cutting edge. Aston Villa will look to keep things compact and organised ahead of them, with the experience of Young and the leadership of McGinn a potential value in the later stages.
Aston Villa score twice in the first quarter-hour but a bit of fortune gets Manchester United back in the game as the hosts take a 2-1 lead into the interval at Villa Park. Bailey looked lively from the off and he would get his reward after just seven minutes, receiving Ramsey’s pass in-stride before dispatching a shot to the far post that beat De Gea. Things would get even better quickly for new boss Emery, with Digne giving the Villains a two-goal advantage just four minutes later with a superbly hit left-footed free-kick. Manchester United toiled in the following moments, not attacking with any dynamism outside of Garnacho - while Van De Beek failed to make any impression at all. Shaw would cut the deficit in the closing stages of the half much to Ten Hags relief, stroking a half-volley into the back of the net, thanks in part to a deflection off Ramsey inside the penalty area.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: ASTON VILLA 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED.
J. Ramsey
Own Goal
Aston Villa
45' A STROKE OF LUCK GETS UNITED BACK IN THE MATCH! 2-1! Dalot’s cross is cleared away unconvincingly by Ramsey, who presents it to Shaw 20 yards from goal. The full-back chests it down and hits a wicked half-volley that takes a deflection off Ramsey before changing its trajectory and flying into the back of the net! It'll go down as an own goal for the Aston Villa forward!
44' The fourth official indicates two minutes will be added to the end of the half for stoppages.
L. Bailey
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
42' Bailey tracks back and puts two hands on Shaw in order to bring him down - earning the winger a yellow card.
40' Shaw clips a cross into the penalty area for Ronaldo, who goes down almost immediately under careful watching from Mings. The referee sees no offense worth blowing up for as the defender coolly nods it back to his goalkeeper under no pressure.
38' With under 10 minutes to go in the half, Manchester United have not done enough to trouble Emiliano Martinez in the Aston Villa goal. Ten Hag’s side has been attacking with predictability and a lack of dynamism, with Garnacho the most explosive when in possession.
36' Aston Villa won four points against Manchester United last season (W1 D1), as many as they had in their previous 17 league games against them (W0 D4 L13).
34' GREAT SAVE! Eriksen hoists a cross into the penalty area, where Konsa meets it but can only help it on its way to the far post. Ronaldo leaps into a headed effort and forces a brilliant kick save from Emiliano Martinez!
32' Bailey gets into the penalty area ahead of Shaw and Eriksen, before laying a pass off to Ramsey. The young winger looks to dribble beyond both Casemiro and Lindelof before going over, with the referee denying Villa’s claims for either a penalty or a corner-kick, allowing play to continue through a De Gea kick.
30' Luiz plays a corner short to Digne, who immediately loses possession and attempts to win in back, only to see it roll behind disappointingly as the set-piece is wasted.
28' Lisandro Martinez is again unafraid to play physically, running across his penalty area to meet Watkins and the ball at the byline. The centre-back storms in and turns his back to the striker, ensuring the ball goes beyond the line as the result of an Aston Villa touch - winning a goal-kick for his side.
26' Bailey is down in some pain after a cynical push from Lisandro Martinez near the technical areas. The Jamaica international has been in fine form today, giving the United defence no end of trouble with a goal to his name.
24' Mings is again victorious in the air, beating Ronaldo to a cross inside the Aston Villa penalty area to return the ball to the grateful Emiliano Martinez.
22' Rashford looks to spring an attack down the right, beating Buendia but failing to cut inside ahead of Dendoncker, who steals possession and ends the move just inside Aston Villa’s half.
20' Eriksen’s corner from the right is hit in search of Dalot but Mings towers above the full-back and wins the duel to clear the danger.
18' Garnacho gets into the penalty area on the left ahead of Cash but his low, skipped cross into the penalty area is gathered up at the near post by Emiliano Martinez.
17' Cash hits a speculative shot from well outside the penalty area after a throw-in on the left filters all the way to the opposite flank. It’s worth a hit but he fails to test the goalkeeper, who can collect for a goal-kick.
15' Bailey squares a pass to the edge of the 18-yard box where three team-mates queue up unmarked, but it’s Buendia who receives the service before taking a touch and firing an off-target hit that fails to trouble De Gea.
13' Rashford lifts a pass forward for Van De Beek but he’s unable to control the delivery at the byline, instead putting it out for an Aston Villa throw-in to prevent the goal-kick.
L. Digne
Goal
Aston Villa
11' WHAT A SUBLIME STRIKE! 2-0 ASTON VILLA! It’s an inch-perfect free-kick from Digne, who wraps his left boot around the free-kick just outside the penalty area and sneaks his hit into the near post, with a diving De Gea unable to get a hand on it!
L. Shaw
Yellow Card
Manchester United
10' Shaw's late sliding challenge on Ramsey earns the full-back a yellow card and gives Aston Villa a free-kick 22 yards from goal.
9' Manchester United haven't really ventured forward at all in the opening 10 minutes, keeping the ball coolly in midfield for the majority of the match so far. They'll now have to change tactics and open up if they want to equalise quickly and find Ronaldo with the early pass.
J. Ramsey
Assist
Aston Villa
7' One of two plays to get the nod after starting on the bench last week, Ramsey pays his coach's confidence back with an early assist.
L. Bailey
Goal
Aston Villa
7' ASTON VILLA TAKE THE LEAD! 1-0! Bailey’s looked lively in the opening five minutes and it’s the Jamaica international who opens the scoring, meeting Ramsey’s pass with a lovely first touch to get him in the area ahead of Lisandro Martinez, before dispatching a flat shot into the far corner!
5' Bailey again exhibits his close control, keeping the ball in play on the touchline before controlling it and putting it through the legs of Shaw, who gives away a cheap free-kick.
3' Bailey shows quick feet as he dribbles past Lisandro Martinez and drives towards the byline before digging out a cross that goes just over the head of Buenda at the far post.
1' Manchester United get the match underway from the kick-off!
Manchester United make three changes to the side that beat West Ham 1-0 last time out. Lindelof replaces Maguire in central defence while Van De Beek replaces the suspended Bruno Fernandes. The final change is on the wing, where Garnacho is given a chance ahead of Elanga.
Aston Villa make two changes to the XI that lost 4-0 to Newcastle last time out. Digne returns to replace Young at left-back, while Ramsey is preferred to Ings on the right wing, with Watkins shuffling over to play at striker.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Tyrell Malacia, Anthony Elanga, Shola Shoretire, Facundo Pellistri, Martin Dubravka, Harry Maguire, Fred, Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay.
MANCHESTER UNITED XI (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw; Casemiro, Christian Eriksen; Marcus Rashford, Donny Van De Beek, Alejandro Garnacho; Cristiano Ronaldo.
ASTON VILLA SUBS: Ashley Young, Boubacar Kamara, Danny Ings, Calum Chambers, Robin Olsen, John McGinn, Morgan Sanson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Jan Bednarek.
ASTON VILLA XI (4-2-3-1): Emiliano Martinez; Lucas Digne, Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa, Matt Cash; Douglas Luiz, Leander Dendoncker; Leon Bailey, Emiliano Buendia, Jacob Ramsey; Ollie Watkins.
With 10 minutes to go before kick-off, let's take a look at how the two sides are lining up - starting with our hosts!
Manchester United have alternated wins and draws in the league since their 6-3 hammering at the hands of Manchester City, with Erik Ten Hag’s side keeping three clean sheets in that spell. Just a point behind Newcastle and three back of Tottenham, the Red Devils could jump as high as third with a win today and results elsewhere going their way.
Aston Villa’s form has been up and down to say the least since the firing of Steven Gerrard as coach, with a 4-0 win over Brentford followed up by a 4-0 loss at the hands of Newcastle last weekend. Unai Emery comes in to take charge of his first match at the helm after Aaron Danks’ interim spell with the club in 17th spot, tied with Southampton for the final relegation place.
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