Manchester United beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, a victory which was very edgy heading into the last ten minutes of the match. United have lost their ruthless streak, a ruthless streak with is needed in this league. Aston Villa should have been punished at Old Trafford, but instead, United had this newly relegated side looking like they were the contenders for fourth place this season. Louis van Gaal rested some key players heading into this match with Crystal Palace heading to the Theatre of Dreams on Wednesday evening, and the Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Everton at Wembley in a weeks time. United scored early in the first half through Marcus Rashford, his seventh goal in twelve appearances this season, which was one of the shining lights from this match. The other was that Memphis Depay had a good game on the left flank, looking settled and determined to get back into form and win his place back in the team.
Changes need to happen this summer, as United seemed incapable of scoring a second goal, of getting into second gear, which they should have done easily against the worst team in the Premier League this season. Villa, who have now bee relegated, will feel let down that they did not score in the two quick fire chances they had inside the last ten minutes of the match, that could have changed it all for the club, who have lost their last nine matches in the league, conceding two or more goals in seven of those nine matches. United have a lot to learn in order to become the team they once were, that needs to be something that Louis van Gaal, or even a new manager in the summer needs to address. The players United have should be getting these high scoring result against the lowest of the low, but today, it looked something of a struggle to achieve that.
Here are the player ratings from the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford.