Manchester United can have no illusions as to the quality of the players at their disposal after this latest fumble. United come into this one 7th in the premier league 6 points from 4th placed West Ham with two games in hand. Villa have their fans buzzing after a busy week in the January transfer market, acquiring the services of French international left back Lucas Digne and Brazilian Philippe Coutinho from Everton and Barcelona respectively. It is the later who had the most impact in terms of the goals but Digne ran his socks off down the left flank deserves the best player of the match award. Let’s be fair here. United ran the show in the first half were pressing high up the pitch in a cameo of how Ralf wants them to play.
This resulted in Villa failing to create enough chances for Watkins and Ings. The goal from Bruno Fernandes can be considered a goalkeeper’s mistake but United deserved the luck. They attempted more shots in the first half than they did in the game against Wolves. The tweak into a familiar formation to a familiar 4-3-2-1 seems to work. That is until the second half and old habits showed up. Fred couldn’t hold on to the ball in midfield, so did Matic. As a result constant pressure on the back 4. Elanga faded after half time, Matty Cash started to take advantage of his defensive weakness and that of Dalot to have a field day in second half. When Coutinho came that puzzle was now complete. The passes in and around the United box became more snappy. United just couldn’t cope with the work load. Ramsey another candidate for man of the match pulled one back before a series of one touch passes set up the tap on for Coutinho for the equalizer capping off a dream debut. No intensity whatsoever from United in the final 15 minutes of the game. Some people say Ronaldo’s presence has had a detrimental effect to United’s other big player’s performances. What was the excuse here? No Ronaldo for this one. Only Bruno’s performance was slightly better than in recent games. Subs came in late. So many things went wrong for United. They have all to do to make Europe next season.