An underwhelming performance saw Man United face a humiliating 1-3 loss against Aston Villa on Sunday. Having struggled to cope with Villa’s dynamic attacks alongside being inadequate in defence, the Red Devils failed to maintain their unbeaten run as they continue to remain inconsistent on the pitch.
Struggling to get a hold of possession, United failed to emerge as an imposing side from the first whistle on Sunday. Failing to combat Villa’s pace and creativity along the flanks, a sublime strike by Leon Bailey saw the visitors concede the first goal on the afternoon. A precise free-kick by Lucas Digne from a favourable position soon followed, with the host having doubled their lead in the 11th minute.
Although United continue struggling for cohesiveness in possession before the break, an attempt at goal by Luke Shaw saw the left -back’s shot take a deflection of Jacob Ramsey before finding the back of the net in the dying minutes before half-time; ensuring the visitors remained in the game during the second half.
A relatively positive start to the second half saw United attempt to level the score-line immediately. However, having committed a number of players in attack, a lapse in concentration at the back saw Man United emerge vulnerable to the counter-attack with Aston Villa seeking advantage of the same through Ramsey’s goal in the 49th minute.
Failing to break down Villa’s defence, the Red Devils continued failing to find their rhythm as the visitors endured a difficult result at Villa Park on Sunday.
Man United Player Ratings Vs Aston Villa: Starting XI
David De Gea (GK) – 6/10: Although failing to keep a clean sheet, De Gea remained steady between the sticks on Sunday. Expected to remain United’s starting goal-keeper, the Spaniard will be keen on performing to the best of his abilities moving forward.
Diogo Dalot (RB) – 5/10: Having failed to deliver a reliable performance on Sunday, Dalot emerged amongst the underwhelming players on the pitch against Villa. However, vital to the team’s relatively solid defence, the full-back will be keen on redeeming himself over the coming fixtures.
Victor Lindelof (RCB) – 4/10: Struggling to cope with Villa’s physicality, Lindelof remained passive in his application on the pitch on Sunday. Unlikely to retain his spot in the next outing, the centre-back will be hoping to make the best of his opportunities moving forward.
Lisandro Martinez (LCB) – 6/10: Having faced a distinct challenge in Villa’s attack on Sunday, Martinez delivered a steady performance on Sunday. However, having struggled to perform to the best of his abilities at Villa Park, the centre-back will be keen on delivering a notable performance in his next outing.
Luke Shaw (LB) – 6/10: The pick amongst United’s defenders against Villa, Shaw delivered a relatively reliable performance on Sunday. Expected to retain his place moving forward, the left-back will be keen on making the best of his opportunities before the World Cup.
Casemiro (CDM) – 5/10: Relatively unimpactful in the midfield, Casemiro struggled to perform to the best of his abilities owing to the team’s lack of ball progression against Villa. Expected to remain amongst the first names on the team sheet, the Brazilian will be keen on delivering a comparably improved display in his next outing.
Christian Eriksen (CAM) – 4/10: Having struggled to make the best use of possession, Eriksen delivered an underwhelming performance in Sunday. Inconsistent in his performance across recent outings, the midfielder will be keen on improving his displays over the coming fixtures.
Marcus Rashford (RW) – 5/10: A victim of United’s lack of goal-scoring opportunities across the final third, Rashford remained relatively unimpactful on Sunday. Expected to retain his spot moving forward, the attacker will be keen on continuing his excellent form over the coming weeks.
Donny Van De Beek (CAM) – 5/10: Underwhelming in his performance owing the team’s failure to retain and recycle possession effectively, Van De Beek remained a passenger for most part of the game against Villa. Expected to continue gaining minutes on the pitch, the Dutchman will be keen on performing to the best of his abilities moving forward.
Alejandro Garnacho (LW) – 6/10: Steady in his application on the pitch, the Man United academy graduate delivered a decent display against Aston Villa. Likely to be granted game-time over the coming fixtures, the youngster will be keen on delivering notable performances moving forward.
Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – 5/10: Struggling to find the back of the net, Ronaldo remained relatively ineffective on the pitch on Sunday. Unlikely to continue retaining his place in the starting line-up, the forward will be keen on making the best of his opportunities over the coming fixtures.
Manchester United Player Ratings Vs Aston Villa: Substitutions
Tyrell Malacia (LB) – 6/10: A decent cameo saw Malacia deliver a steady performance on Sunday. Expected to be granted game-time over the coming fixtures, the left-back will be keen on delivering notable performances moving forward.
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Anthony Elanga (RW) – 6/10: Introduced to add pace in the attack, Elanga remained a reliable presence during his short cameo on the pitch against Villa. Likely to be granted first-team minutes, the winger will be keen on making the best of his opportunities over the coming fixtures.
Anthony Martial (ST) – 6/10: Introduced to add dynamism across the frontline, Martial remained a steady presence on Sunday. Expected to slot back into the starting line-up in the team’s next outing, the forward will be keen on making an instant impact to the team’s prospects moving forward.
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