Aston Villa v Man Utd: Pictures
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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was forced to rue the quick thinking of his Aston Villa counterpart Emiliano Martinez as the Red Devils fell to a lacklustre defeat on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Leon Bailey, Lucas Digne and Jacob Ramsey helped Villa to secure a famous win over United, who hit back through an own goal from Ramsey but were unable to get themselves back into the contest as it progressed.
Digne scored the pick of the goals for Villa with a delicious free-kick that sailed over the United wall and found the top corner to leave De Gea clawing at thin air. A new angle of the strike has revealed that the Spaniard was unsighted as a result of the Villa wall that was positioned just in front of United’s defenders, which made it hugely difficult for De Gea to see where the ball was going.
Martinez was responsible for directing his Villa team-mates, with the 30-year-old having been spotted waving them into position in order to block De Gea’s view of proceedings. It was a genius idea from the former Arsenal goalkeeper, who ventured into the opposition half to shout instructions at his players in a move that was immediately justified when the ball nestled in the back of the net.
The result marked Villa’s first home league win over United for 27 years, with new boss Unai Emery masterminding a famous victory to get his tenure off to the best possible start. The hosts managed to dominate possession and beat United’s press for large parts of the contest, which gave them the impetus to go on and claim all three points at the expense of Erik ten Hag’s side once all was said and done.
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Emery, who never lost to United during his time in charge of Arsenal, expressed his delight after the final whistle by insisting that he felt like he was in a dream as he watched his side put the Red Devils to the sword with a brilliant performance in front of their own fans.
“Maybe I was dreaming,” said the Villa boss. “Today I am so happy. The atmosphere was amazing with the supporters. We have players with energy.
“We have players with good skills and we wanted to be united, to be disciplined and, being together with our game plan, the players did it. It was a special day.”
Meanwhile, United boss Ten Hag was less than impressed with the collective performance of his players and did not mince his words when he admitted that they did not deserve to win the match based on their sub-par efforts over the course of the 90 minutes.
“When we are out our best, we start the game on the front foot and ready to play, we were not and we did not deserve any more than we got,” fumed the Dutchman.
“We didn’t follow the rules in defending and we lost our battles. If the players had done their job with 100 per cent desire and passion then we would have won this game. I have been in football a long time and players are not robots, sometimes this is the way it is, it’s psychological but it’s not acceptable.”
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