A United cross from the right lengthens and lands on the far post. There Elanga wins the header duel against Cash. However, the youngster only hits the side netting.
Aston Villa is still not finding its way at all. The Lions are loudly cheered on by their fans, but are almost exclusively challenged on the defensive.
The guests rewarded themselves for their good initial phase with an early goal. However, the genesis of Bruno Fernandes’ sixth goal is curious.
Tooor for Manchester United, 0-1 through Bruno Fernandes
Big mistake by Martínez! Alex Telles only touches the ball briefly. Bruno Fernandes then doesn’t cross the free kick in, but pulls in from the left. From almost 25 meters he holds it powerfully with his right hand. Cavani tries to keep his foot in just in front of the goal, but doesn’t touch the ball. This irritates the striker Martínez, who actually wants to hold the ball. However, he fails completely and the ball slips through his legs into the goal.
Manchester kicks off with a bang and collects a lot of standards in the first few minutes. Bruno Fernandes is currently making for the fourth dead ball on the left. This time it’s a free kick almost from the left corner of the box.
Bruno Fernandes takes a corner from the left with a cut in front of the goal. But Lucas Digne is careful and can clear his first action.
Here we go! Bruno Fernandes pushes and Diogo Dalot wants to pick up the pace straight away on the right. However, the right-back bounces the ball and the Villans get a throw-in in midfield.
Ralf Rangnick even made three changes compared to the 1-0. Alex Telles, Nemanja Matić and Anthony Elanga will start in place of Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford. For the young Swede, it is the first start in the current Premier League season.
Compared to the cup game, Steven Gerrard makes two changes. Lucas Digne makes his debut right away, defending at left back for Matt Targett. In addition, Morgan Sanson starts for John McGinn. Coutinho has also already made it into the squad, but is only sitting on the bench for the time being.
Manchester United continues to lag behind expectations this season. They are currently only in seventh place and the gap to the Champions League positions is six points. However, they have also played two games fewer than West Ham. In the league, however, they recently suffered their first bankruptcy under Ralf Rangnick. The Red Devils suffered a 1-0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers. It is important to forget them today and collect important points in the fight for international places with a win.
Steven Gerrard is going through his first period of weakness since taking over as Lions coach in November. At the beginning of his tenure, there were three wins in the first four games. Recently, however, the Villans have lost all of the last three games in all competitions. That’s one of the reasons why they hit the transfer market properly and brought in two well-known newcomers in Coutinho and Lucas Digne.
The two clubs met last Monday. In the third round of the FA Cup, Manchester United was able to prevail 1-0. Scott McTominay scored the golden goal.
Hello and welcome to the Premier League on Saturday night. Aston Villa host Manchester United. Kick-off is at 6:30 p.m. at Villa Park.