Manchester United survived a scare from Aston Villa as they produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the FA Cup. Scott Mc Tominay scored the all-important match-winner in the eighth minute. Villa thought to have scored the equalizer only for a lengthy VAR check to rule Danny Ings’ equalizer for a Jacob Ramsey foul on Edinson Cavani.
Man Utd: De Gea (8), Dalot (6), Lindelof (5), Varane (6), Shaw (6), McTominay (7), Fred (6), Greenwood (7), Fernandes (6), Rashford (4), Cavani (5).
Subs: Van de Beek (6), Lingard (n/a), Elanga (n/a).
Aston Villa: Martinez (7), Cash (7), Konsa (6), Mings (6), Targett (7), McGinn (7), Luiz (8), Ramsey (8), Buendia (8), Ings (7), Watkins (8).
Subs: El Ghazi (n/a), Philogene-Bidace (n/a)
Man of the match: Matty Cash
Man United boss Ralf Rangnick: “I think we showed a reaction after the Wolves game, that is what everyone expected from us. We knew it would be very difficult against Villa. In the first half, I thought we did well. It could have been 3-2 or 4-3 to us at half-time. In the second half, we were on the counter-attack and we could have made more of those situations. We took the wrong decisions at times but when we changed to a diamond in midfield, we had more control.”
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard: “Very tough. We are out of the FA Cup and coming into this job I saw this competition as an opportunity to have a good run in it. The lads gave a lot in terms of performance but we need to learn and close the gap from a performance that was nearly good enough. We dominated for large parts but we were not ruthless enough.”
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