Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United 14 August Review


To see Januzaj getting a start after so long was indeed a pleasant surprise. Considering Memphis didn’t get off to a great debut, giving him the wing seemed the right way as Young made way for him. 
The first 15 min of the game was an indication of what both Sherwood and van Gaal had in mind, solid defensive start, nobody making off the ball forward runs. As a result it was such a drab viewing with the match looking like a training outfit. 

Mata’s vision found Januzaj driving into open space and with a wonderful dummy turning up the villa captain completely before slotting in the far corner with his weaker foot. The celebrations were muted from the young lad, whose future at one point was under question towards the end of last season. 

The full backs were not interested in bombing forward however Amavi the Aston villa full back spurted forward with great pace and had good joy quite a few times one on one with both Darmian and Smalling. 

The goalkeepers were fairly untroubled throughout the game as United struggled to put forth shots on target. 

Wayne Rooney who has such a prolific record against villa didn’t get a sniff as he ran rugged and spent most of the time coming back in a defensive role. Am sure if we see his hotmap he will not be seen even for 25% of the game in the box. 

Memphis still has not impressed me. Blind was not troubled this time either as United keep two clean sheets in a row. 

Player verdict

Romero 7.5

Shaw 8.0

Blind 7.5

Smalling 7.5

Darmian 7.5

Memphis 7.0

Carrick 7.5 

Schneiderlein 7.5

Mata 7.5

Wayne 7.0

Adnan 8.0

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