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

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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.

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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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I support Manchester United, the greatest English football team to have ever existed. Bruno Fernandes is the latest in a long line of players with great ability to play for the club. I idolised Bryan Robson, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and Eric Cantona growing up.