United completed the comeback with Victor Lindelof’s strike in the 64th minute. But then Villa bit ack two minutes later with Tyrone Mings’ emphatic goal to restore parity. The Red Devils pegged forward for a winner, but were unable to find it, failing a chance to go 5th in the table. Quite typical. It’s going to be a tough December for sure.
Here are the Manchester United vs Aston Villa player ratings.
Manchester United Player Ratings
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (4.5) –
Solskjaer needs to realize that ragged individuals like Juan Mata aren’t suited for his game. Playing him ahead of Jesse Lingard, who’s gaining confidence, didn’t make any sense. Persisting with the Fred-Andreas Pereira midfield caused disaster as usual. His substitutions were extremely late and taking off Martial when in need of a winner made no sense at all. Really needs to get his selections right if he’s to survive the upcoming onslaught.
David de Gea (5.5) –
DDG was a bit wonky last week, but stood a ball-watcher as Grealish’s shot scooped over him into the goal. Mings’ shot was also too powerful, going straight through him. The Spaniard’s distribution wasn’t good enough either.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (5.5)-
Wan-Bissaka’s been surprisingly susceptible with his early tackles, botching some to cause some nerves. Despite being surprisingly nervy with defending, he romped forward with much more intent, putting in some clever passes as well. Blasted a shot on goal in the 63rd minute forcing a super save. Still very grey with his work in the final third.
Harry Maguire (5.0) –
Maguire’s had a shaky start to the game, being stretched by the visitors and earning an early yellow-card for a blatant foul. Being dragged out of position too many times, exposing his side’s defensive vulnerabilities. Struggled to assert his authority, being rattled by the physical Wesley. The captaincy burden is clearly pegging him down.
Victor Lindelof (5.5) –
Lindelof’s bringing composure to the backline with timely challenges. Covered up for Maguire throughout and made some solid clearances to avert danger. But his real impact came in the 64th minute when he popped up in the far post before smartly heading in to give his side the lead. Operated like a leader in a topsy-turvy day for United.
Brandon Williams (5.5)–
After last week’s goal, Williams looked much more intent bombing through the channel. Made some promising forward runs, carrying the ball into the final third with confidence. While he was strong with his defensive work, making some solid interceptions, his inexperience caused Mings goal as the teenager played him onside with shoddy positioning.
Fred (5.5) –
Fred’s distributing the ball forward much better. Scooped a 9th minute shot over. Put Martial forward the 22nd minute with a clever through-ball. But his rash aggressiveness cost him in the 24th when he was booked for a nasty foul. Struggled to cope against Villa’s overwhelming midfielders, allowing them to break through forward too easily. Got more involved going forward as United looked for a winner but remained unimpressive inside the area.
Andreas Pereira (5.5) –
Pereira seems desperate to redeem last week’s stinker, pressing Villa hard resulting in scrappy fouls. But poor defensive attributes were exposed in the 12th minute when he easily allowed Grealish to get the shot resulting in the opener. Made up for the mistake with a stunning cross to assist Rashford’s equalizer. Extremely ineffective and way too casual for his own good.
Juan Mata (5.0) –
Mata just doesn’t look suited to this system. Moved into promising attacking holes on occasions, but almost always lacked the incisive pass. Getting outmuscled physically and lost too many crucial duels. Getting outmuscled physically and lost too many crucial duels. Went scurrying down inside the box at the 58th minute but didn’t get a penalty for his accords. Lethargic showing again.
Marcus Rashford (6.5) –
Rashford’s shown promise with his electric movement in the early minutes, but badly lacking the final product. Scuffed a scrappy hit wide in the 31st minute. Botched a glorious scoring chance in the 41st minute, but then made up with a sublime header which slammed the bar before hitting Tom Heaton into the goal. Yeah, that should’ve been his goal. He pegged United forward throughout, but just couldn’t find that spark, being unable to inspire a winner.
Daniel James (5.5) –
Buzzing like a bee early on with his aggressive sprints. He moved past Guilbert on many occasions down the left, but lacked the proper passes to his forwards. Put in a brilliant cross in the 76th, but nobody was at the end of it. Frustrating day at the office for the Welshman.
Anthony Martial (6.0) –
The Frenchman looks much livelier playing at Old Trafford. Been smart with his link-up play. Thumped a shot right at Heaton in the 22nd minute. Tuned up his swagger in the second half,, gliding past multiple bodies before his shot was saved in the 58th minute. Scooped another scrappy move over from yards away in the 79th. Just couldn’t score despite being decent otherwise.
Jesse Lingard (5.5) –
Brought a lot of energy to United’s weary attack after coming on. But failed to find that cutting edge to inspire a winner.
Luke Shaw (5.0) –
Did so very little to improve upon Williams. Got booked for a silly foul and provided nothing through the left.
Mason Greenwood (N/A) –
The teenager was unable to inspire last week’s heroics, but being brought on in the dying minutes didn’t help.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Yeah, I’d give this to Tyrone Mings, who was rock solid and deserved MOTM. But United’s best player was Victor Lindelof, who maintained composure in uneasy conditions and scored that sweet goal too. He’s United’s MOTM for sure.