Review & Ratings: United dire against Villa in 2-2 draw; Pereira next to useless, Martial struggling to lead the line


Manchester United draw 2-2 with Aston Villa at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. It is the second draw in the league in a week which means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team will need to step up in the next two matches; home to Tottenham Hotspur and away to Manchester City.

United lasted 11 minutes before conceding a goal. Villa were on the attack, Anwar El Ghazi crossed the ball over the box into Jack Grealish on the left-hand side of the pitch with Villa’s local hero playing Andreas Pereira and getting the netter of him and curling his effort towards the top far corner, with David De Gea watching the ball hit the back of the net. It was a spectacular goal for Grealish.

United got themselves level before the break. From the corner, which United took short, Fred passed to Juan Mata, who then fed Pereira. The Belgian-born Brazilian then floated a cross into Marcus Rashford, who was well ahead of his man, nodding the ball towards goal, taking a deflection off Tom Heaton. Rashford was awarded the goal but through the break, it was given to Heaton as an own goal.

In the 64th minute, United took the lead for the first time in the game after Victor Lindelof scored a sublime finish off his head. Fred floated a lovely cross in from the right, Wesley jumped to clear the danger but the Swede rose himself to put his side ahead. Just like last week, the lead did not last long as Tyrone Mings put his side level in the 66th minute meaning United had a lot more to do to get three points which seemed unlikely.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper had little chance of stopping Jack Grealish's superb strike at goal, having the same chance of stopping Tyrone Mings' effort. The defence needs to start looking into getting the better of these players as they are hardly Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi type players.


29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back has a good attacking game, putting in the cross which turned into Victor Lindelof's goal which put United ahead. However, in defence, it was a different match for him. I do worry about the same thing that happened to Matteo Darmian, as he looked the part for a while and quickly cooled off.


2 Victor Lindelof

The Swedish defender has been pretty quite in recent weeks and has done what was expected of him, despite seeming to be rusty and maybe nervous at times. Against Aston Villa though, he put United ahead in the game in the second half, heading into the back of the net, which was good to see. However, like his first goal for the club, United drew the match 2-2. He was dragged out of his position on a number of occasions, which allowed Villa to get the better of United at times.


5 Harry Maguire

It is starting to seem a bad deal spending £80 million on Harry Maguire now. Leicester City are not really missing him but United are not getting much benefit from him. I think he struggled against Villa, who were playing in the Championship last season. There was no defensive balance from him and he seemed out of his depth at other times. Worrying.


33 Brandon Williams

The young left-back certainly has a lot to learn in this game but he's still a player who has done more than Luke Shaw and Ashley Young in this position. Be played Tyrone Mings onside as Aston Villa equalised and was booked four minutes before the goal was scored. Replaced by Shaw in the 79th minute of the match.


15 Andreas Pereira

I don't see where his career goes forward at United. He is not good enough in the game to play as a winger or in the number ten position. He's certainly not a central midfielder, whether attacking or defensive. Pastures new in January or in the summer might be best for him. I just cannot see him becoming the player that is needed at the club. I don't think he sees himself as a squad player either.


17 Fred

I was impressed with Fred. He looked driven and ready to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and drive United forward. Granted, it did not always pay off for him. I am excited by his kicking towards goal, one day he will score a stunner and it might set something with him.


Review & Ratings: United dire against Villa in 2-2 draw; Pereira next to useless, Martial struggling to lead the line

He had the right tempo and read the game well. However, his teammates were not quite at the same place as him. He looked to play the ball into the right places at times but it just did not work for him. Two big matches coming up which might see him and his teammates shine, although this should have been the dress rehearsal.


8 Juan Mata

I was not really impressed with Juan Mata in this game. It is clear that he has not got the legs to play quick football. His passing was his best attribute in this match and that is just not good enough. He's an experienced head and has a good footballing brain but that is not enough. He was replaced in the 74th minute by Jesse Lingard.


10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward started well and showed his skill when he forced United equaliser just before half time. However, his decision making was not good enough. A player of his calibre should be making better decisions and making the best of the chances he has carved for himself or given by others. United need to start moving forward now.


9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman has little impact of influence in the game against Aston Villa. What little he did have was not at the level that is expected. He had the chance to put United ahead again and seemingly missed scoring from close-range, instead seeing the ball go right over the goal. He was replaced by Mason Greenwood in the 84th minute of the match.



14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Mata 74'. He should have brought more to the game when he replaced Juan Mata but there was very little there to be seen. Scoring against Astana seems to be his level at this moment in time. One goal, so far, in 2019 in terrible for an attacking player, especially a United player.


23 Luke Shaw

Replaced Williams 79'. He will have a lot of work ahead of him to stop Brandon Williams from starting matches, hopefully. Unless Solskjaer gifts his his starting place. He was careless against Villa.


11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Martial 84'. The young striker got involved in the game and tried to get something for United. Needs more chances in the coming weeks to grow as a player and possible bench Martial, who was not good enough today.


Goals: Tom Heaton 42′ (og), Victor Lindelof 64′; Jack Grealish 11′, Tyrone Mings 66′

Assists: Anwar El Ghazi 11′, Matt Targett 66′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams (Shaw 79′); Pereira, Fred; James, Mata (Lingard 74′), Rashford; Martial (Greenwood 83′)

Substitutes Not Used: Grant; Tuanzebe, Young; Garner

Bookings: Harry Maguire 7′, Fred 24′, Brandon Williams 62′, Luke Shaw 89′; Frederic Guilbert 45+3′

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