The Warmdown: Manchester United suffered a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa, their first loss at Villa Park since 1999

Aston Villa v Manchester United - Premier League

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Jacob Ramsey of Aston Villa scores their team's third goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on November 06, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Manchester United dropped out the top four on Sunday evening after losing 3-1 to Aston Villa at Villa Park in the Premier League. Following their 1-0 victory in Spain in Matchday 6 of the Group Stage of the UEFA Europa League, the Red Devils couldn't follow up  a victory in the league although Luke Shaw gave the visitors hope just before half time with something to fight for in the second period.

The contest remained in the balance right till the end with both teams fighting it out to get a goal for a valuable foothold in the game but Villa put daylight past United in the early stages of the second period closing all avenues for a comeback. 

The first big chance fo the game fell to Aston Villa who pounced and took the lead. Leon Bailey looked lively in the opening five minutes, meeting Jacob Ramsey's pass with a lovely first touch  to get him in the area ahead of Lisandro Martinez, before dispatching a flat shot into the far corner.

Moments later United would be two down, a sublime strike, an inch perfect pass from Lucas Digne who wrapped his left boot around the free kick just outside the penalty area, the ball sneaking into the near post with a diving David De Gea unable to get a hand on it.

A couple of great saves by Emiliano Martinez kept the hosts at bay. Christian Eriksen on the act just after the midway point of the first period. Eriksen hoisting in a cross into the penalty area where Ezri Konsa met it only helping it on its way to the far post. Cristiano Ronaldo leaping into a headed effort and forcing a brilliant kick save from Martinez.

A stroke of luck got United back into the game just before half time, Diogo Dalot's cross is cleared away unconvincingly by Ramsey, who presents it to Shaw 20 yards from goal. The full back chested it down and hit a wicked half volley which took a deflection off Ramsey before changing its trajectory and flying into the back of the net. The goal going down as an own goal against the Villa forward. 

But that forward would put Villa two ahead soon after the half time talk, an expert finish from Ramsey who got into the penalty area with a late run meeting Ollie Watkins' cut back pass from the byline with a fantastic first time finish, blasting his shot into the roof of the goal. 

  • Match statistics

The game was one sided in possession United having the better of it, the Red Devils utilising the ball pretty well but unable to pounce on their higher statistical shots on target, with Aston Villa clinical up front under Unai Emery. Man United had 8 shots on goal during the game compared to Aston Villa's six, with three shots on target to the home sides four. The possession count for the Red Devils was higher with a 59% to a 41% ratio at Villa Park. The total pass count for United was way higher, 543 to Aston Villa's 401. The Manchester side also had the better passing accuracy of 85% to the hosts 83%.

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