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Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa – Barclays Premier League 2015/16

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.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spaniard had nothing to do for large spells of the game. In the last ten minute of the match, he was called into action to thwart Villa from getting an equaliser.

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25 Antonio Valencia

The Ecuadorian made his first start since his five month layoff. He got forward at times, provided some good crosses into the area; one assisting in Ashford's opening goal.

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12 Chris Smalling

The England defender put in some defensive blocks, but was largely untested by the fallen Villa side.

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17 Daley Blind

The Dutchman was capable in possession putting some good balls out there starting an attack from the back. A tackle by Blind thwarted Gusted from finding an equaliser inside the last ten minutes. Man of the Match for me.

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5 Marcos Rojo

Had little to do defensively. He was not as prominent on the overlap as he could have been. Luke Shaw's return cannot happen soon enough. Not sure the Argentinian will be a first teamer next season, if he's at the club at all.

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Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa – Barclays Premier League 2015/16

The Frenchman was responsible in possession and positioned himself in some good positions in midfield. Read the game well and helped prevent Villa from finding something consistent throughout the match.

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27 Marouane Fellaini

The Belgian was a nuisance in set-pieces. Won many aerial duels and covered much of the pitch from his midfield position. A player who might not be a typical United player, but does what he needs to do.

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8 Juan Mata

The Spaniard was inquisitive with his passing against Villa, putting some good balls into Rooney and Rashford. Perhaps he will continue this form over the next two matches, which could mean a lot for United.

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Wayne Rooney

The captain for club and country made his first start after a two month injury spell. Played in the number ten role, switched his play well at times. Found plenty of space in the midfield, which was at time congested. Replaced by Lingard after 66 minutes.

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Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa – Barclays Premier League 2015/16

The second half was the better for the Dutch winger, who looked like he was regaining some of his first from PSV last season. He seemed unstoppable with the ball at his feet. Perhaps a but unlucky not to have a goal of his own today. Might be coming into form at the right time.

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19 Marcus Rashford

The 18-year-old striker scored his seventh goal in twelve appearances. Man on fire at the moment. One of the successes of the season so far. Caused the Villa defence many of problems with his pace and tricky ability in the box. His goal was a today effort after a run to the near post. Top player in the making.

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Substitutes

14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Rooney. Had little impact on the attack after replacing the captain.

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11 Anthony Martial

Replaced Rashford. Got involved in the match as soon as her left the bench. Good to be able to rest him today, keeping him fresher for the Palace and Everton matches. Put in a tidy through ball for Memphis, but it did not happen for the Dutchman.

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24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Replaced Mata. Came on the the final few minutes to give United something extra defensively. Did what he needed to do during his cameo.

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