Match Review: Aston Villa vs Manchester United

Manchester United continued their good start to the season, this time scraping a 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park in an incredibly boring match.

Manchester United made it two wins out of two as they beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Villa Park. The goal coming at the half hour mark and it was their first shot on target, out of two for the whole game.

Juan Mata, playing out wide, played a brilliant ball through from the left for Adnan Januzaj, who raced onto to ball and was able to keep his composure avoiding a challenge from Micah Richards before driving the ball into the far corner. It might have take a slight deflection on the way though but it was a terrific goal nonetheless.

Not even ten minutes later there was controversy as Aston Villa should have had a penalty that Mike Dean inexplicably missed. During a Villa corner Matteo Darmian decided to give Richards a bit of a cuddle before grabbing him around the neck preventing him from challenging for the ball. You couldn’t ask for a clearer example of grappling inside the box, but nothing was given. Dwight Yorke on Sky Sports argued it’s not a penalty because it happens every week, yeah, no. Just because it happens every week doesn’t make it right or change the fact that it was a penalty.

Memphis Depay had a great chance towards the end of the match to make it 2-0 but missed. And what a bad miss it was. Mata won possession and played a brilliant ball to put him one-on-one with the keeper but he shot wide.

Honestly I’m struggling to decide what match was more boring. Manchester United’s game against Tottenham last weekend (match review here) or this game tonight.

Towards the end of the match Louis van Gaal brought on both Bastian Schweinsteiger and Andre Herrera in a bid to shut up shop and protect his side’s 1-0 lead.

Wayne Rooney was poor tonight for Manchester United. His first touch was poor which prevented a couple of Manchester United attacks as he was unable to hold up the ball, and had just one touch in the Villa penalty area. It has to be worrying news for Manchester United as he is there only real option up front, perhaps they will dip into the transfer market again before the window closes?

At the back Villa never really tested new keeper Sergio Romero but they put the Manchester United defence under a bit of pressure and exposed them on a handful of occasions. They just weren’t good enough to take advantage or test the keeper.

Apart from being disappointing with their final pass Villa looked OK. They started both halves brightly, playing at a high tempo, putting Manchester United under heavy pressure before slowly beginning to fade after about 20 minutes. Someone who can hold up the ball or play a better pass in the final third wouldn’t go amiss for them.

It’s still early in the season and Manchester United have a lot of new players who will need time to gel together and adapt to the Premier League, but at the moment they look quite poor. They don’t look like a team who will challenge for the Premier League. Yet. They need to get someone to compete up front with Rooney.

On the plus side there should definitely be more Friday Night Football.


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