Birmingham news Villa player ratings vs Man United: Douglas struggles as Watkins sees red PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 3 - Here's a run through the player ratings from Villa Park as United's second-half display wins it in B6 as Villa stay 11th in the Premier League
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Aston Villa blew yet another lead against Manchester United after Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood scored within four frantic second-half minutes. Villa's one-goal advantage at half-time was the ninth time they've went ahead against United at Villa Park without winning a game as their wretched winless record in B6 against the Red Devils continues. Villa haven't beat United at Villa Park in the league since the opening day of the 1995/96 season however, after 24 minutes, it was Dean Smith's side who were in dreamland after Bertrand Traore's stunning strike into the top corner. The African notched his sixth Premier League goal of the season - and in some style as he spun away from Victor Lindelof before unleashing hell fire into the far corner past Dean Henderson. Bertrand Traore celebrates with Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn after scoring for Aston Villa against Manchester United at Villa Park. (Image: Michael Steele/Getty Images) Villa started well here with Ollie Watkins and those behind him pressing United's back line. Goalkeeper Emi Martinez was called into action on the odd occasion as he denied Luke Shaw and Greenwood while claiming a string of pot-shots from range from the likes of Fred. After the break, Villa's resistance was shattered which was no thanks to a stupid mistake by Douglas Luiz. The Brazilian foolishly dived in on Paul Pogba inside the box - as he did at Old Trafford - and gave referee Chris Kavanagh no option than to blow for a penalty. Fernandes rolled home his 27th of the season from 12 yards out while, four minutes later, it was Tyrone Mings who gifted Greenwood room to turn and shoot to put United ahead. Stand-in captain Mings allowed the teenager far too much room as he powered past Martinez. Villa chucked on the likes of Keinan Davis and Wesley in the second half as they chased but United went further ahead when substitute Edinson Cavani backed up his Europa League heroics to head home from 10 yards out following a good delivery from Marcus Rashford. BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Mason Greenwood of Manchester United celebrates with Aaron Wan-Bissaka after scoring their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on May 09, 2021 in Birmingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) As Villa looked for a consolation, Watkins was given his marching orders for a second yellow with ref Kavanagh ruling that the striker dived to win a penalty amid Henderson's challenge. Replays did show that Watkins perhaps looked for it with the Villa man not contesting the decision. That was that, in the end, with Villa ruing what might have been given what was a disciplined and determined first half. The result leaves Villa 11th, two points and a game in hand off ninth-placed Leeds United. Here's how we rated the Villa players after a disappointing afternoon in B6: Starting formation: 4-2-3-1 Emiliano Martinez: Sharp and alert on several occasions which has been common practice throughout this season. Martinez was called into action after just five minutes to palm away Luke Shaw's powerful drive at him. Martinez saved well from Fred and Greenwood before the break as well and claimed crosses well. Martinez's evasive 15th clean sheet wasn't forthcoming, though, with United turning it on after the break. The Argentinian watched Fernandes roll home his penalty before Greenwood fired in at his near post. That strike was too good with Martinez not expecting Mings to allow his man to fire goalwards. 6 Matty Cash: Up against Pogba and Shaw on United's left and battled bravely. Cash was caught out on the odd occasion, though, and allowed Shaw to get beyond him for a strike at goal. Cash was in poor form and lacked conviction in his play as he was pinned back time and time again. The right-back was arguably at fault for Cavani's header which wrapped it up as the Uruguayan ghosted past him to head home. 5 Ezri Konsa: Blocked crosses well and kept talking to Mings given Rashford's movement. Sustained a dead leg but soldiered on after heading away Wan-Bissaka's cross as Fernandes collided with him. Did all that he could in truth with none of United's goal his fault. 6 Tempers flare between Aston Villa's Ezri Konsa (left) and Manchester United's Marcus Rashford during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Image: Michael Steele/PA Wire) Tyrone Mings: A no-nonsense performance from Mings in the first half as the stand-in captain cleared when he needed to and picked the right pass out from the back. The England man got the wrong side of Greenwood to allow the teenager to strike home and true into the near corner to put United ahead. It was a needless mistake and a lapse in concentration. 5 Matt Targett: Enjoyed a strong first half and had the better of Greenwood. Targett did his defensive duties well this afternoon while, in possession, his weight of pass was always on the money for El Ghazi ahead of him or to the midfielders inside. Targett put in a dangerous cross which Maguire was brave to head away amid pressure from Traore who couldn't get ahead of his man. It was another strong performance from Targett who must have impressed Southgate in the stands. 7* Douglas Luiz: The Brazilian did well to sprint back to put Fernandes off which typified his work off the ball. Douglas's passing was off a tad and he should have done better to feed El Ghazi in during an attack.
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. Douglas was stupid and foolish to allow United a way back into it as he bundled Paul Pogba over inside the box - as he did at Old Trafford as well. Struggling for form of late, is Douglas. Replaced by Jacob Ramsey with a little over half-hour to go. 4 John McGinn: Villa's pressing machine, McGinn relished the battle with United this afternoon. Had there had been supporters inside Villa Park it would have been McGinn who'd have got them going with his trademark charges to win possession back. It was a different story in the second half with United stepping it up a notch. McGinn did rally until the very end but, like most, couldn't arrest United's attack. Booked. 6 Bertrand Traore: Notched his sixth Premier League goal of the season and second against United - and in some style too as he Cruyff-turned away from Lindelof before unleashing an absolute rocket into the far, top-right corner with his left peg. It was right in the postage stamp as it capped off a fine afternoon's work. Traore oozed swag again as he always does but it was his defensive work that was terrific, tracking back at will to put the likes of Pogba and Bruno off from firing goalwards. A stunning goal with another chance almost there for the taking but for Maguire's brave block. 6.5
Bertrand Traore celebrates with Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn after scoring for Aston Villa against Manchester United at Villa Park.
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Ross Barkley: 'Roscoe' was in for his third-successive start and, once again, played with that hunger and desire that was missing a month or so ago. Barkley had a couple of loose touches early on but put in a shift to stop United from playing out from the back. Worked well with McGinn and Douglas in midfield while he also dropped deep to get it off Martinez as well. The loanee faded in the second half and was wasteful on more than one occasion. Replaced as Villa chased it with Davis and Wesley. Not at his best here. 5
Ross Barkley of Aston Villa battles for possession with Scott McTominay of Manchester United during the Premier League match at Villa Park.
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Anwar El Ghazi: Started on his favoured left once again and it took him just seven minutes to try his luck with a speculative shot from range. El Ghazi's work-rate was top notch in the first half with his input limited after the break as United dominated. Saw a couple of efforts blocked but couldn't find any magic here. Disappointing. 5
Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa battles for possession with Victor Lindelof of Manchester United during the Premier League match at Villa Park.
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Ollie Watkins: Worked really hard once more, as he always does, in front of the watching Gareth Southgate. But, overall, Watkins was well marshalled by Harry Maguire who had the beating over him physically. Watkins flashed an effort which was well saved by Henderson in the first half which was his only real chance. The striker was given his marching orders late on for appearing to dive amid Henderson's challenge. He didn't complain, though, and will now miss his first game of the season against Everton in midweek. 5 Subs Jacob Ramsey on for Douglas Luiz, 65 minutes: Tried to inject energy into Villa's midfield but lacked any real conviction. 5 Wesley on for Ross Barkley, 77 minutes: Given some more Premier League minutes but couldn't get on the ball. N/A Keinan Davis on for Anwar El Ghazi, 77 minutes: Bullied Lindelof to set up Watkins. N/A Subs not used: Heaton, Elmohamady, Hause, Philogene-Bidace, Chukwuemeka. OPPOSITION Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire (Bailly, 77), Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood (Cavani, 65), Fernandes (Matic, 86), Pogba; Rashford. Subs not used: De Gea, Mata, Telles, Matic, Williams, van de Beek, Tuanzebe. GOALS Aston Villa: Traore (24) Manchester United: Fernandes (penalty, 52); Greenwood (56); Cavani (87) Referee: Chris Kavanagh VAR: Jarred Gillett Next up for Villa: Everton at Villa Park on Thursday, May 13; 6pm kick-off; live on Sky Sports. The commenting system on BirminghamLive has undergone an overhaul and we want to get even closer to what you're thinking by getting your comments and feedback on all of our stories, particularly where Aston Villa debates are concerned. Let us know how you rated the players by having your say in the comments section below.
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