So just like last weekend against Sheffield United, Manchester United fought back from behind – only to surrender their lead and draw. United knew that victory was vital if they were to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive, especially with matches against Tottenham and Man City to come over the next seven days. United had won 12 of the last 13 against Villa and the last six in a row against them at Old Trafford. Aston Villa had lost 12 of their last 13 away Premier League games against the six ever-present sides and conceded 37 goals in those 12 defeats, while scoring just seven in return. A win today would have put United on joint 5th in the table. However today, once again, United failed to capitalise.
Marcus Rashford, who had been voted United’s Player of the Month for November and it was his header that led to a Tom Heaton own goal, cancelling Grealish’s well taken opener shortly before half time. Victor Lindelof then briefly appeared to set United on course for an unlikely victory but Tyrone Mings restored parity only two minutes later to rightfully punish a lackluster home display.
Considering United’s overall poor performance, it is difficult to choose the United player that made the most outstanding achievement during the match. I would however vote for Aaron Wan-Bissaka who although did look awkward when attacking in the first half, was much more adventurous and effective in the second half, moving forward with much more intent when required. He even had one fierce shot on target in the second half that forced a super save.
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