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Player Ratings: Aston Villa 3-1 Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo captained the side as Manchester United suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Manchester United’s 23-match unbeaten run away at Aston Villa comes to an end on a disappointing afternoon at Villa Park.

United found themselves with a mountain to climb after just 11 minutes played with both Leon Bailey and Lucas Digne scoring early. The Reds regained composure to respond just before the break with Luke Shaw’s deflected effort slotting itself in the top corner. However, minutes after the break, Erik ten Hag’s men had conceded three. Despite some changes, United failed to mount a comeback.

Here’s how each player performed with a rating out of 10 as United lost at Villa Park:

Goalkeeper and defence

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David de Gea: 5

De Gea wasn’t tested much in the game however, he could’ve done better for all of the goals conceded.

Diogo Dalot: 6

The Portuguese right-back was an outlet and did initiate a number of attacks. The issue with Dalot was his quality in the final third. His crossing and final passes left a lot to be desired.

Victor Lindelof: 5

A performance that lacked any real presence from the Swedish Captain. Lindelof was positionally sound but there was a hope he could’ve been much more proactive in his defending.

Lisandro Martinez: 6

Although you could make a case that Martinez was to blame for all three goals the fight he showed in spite of all that was more than the rest of the side managed to muster.

Luke Shaw: 6

Prior to his substitution in the second half, Shaw was one of United’s better players. His deflected strike at the end of the first half kept United in the game. Shaw’s crossing was also a lot more dangerous.

Midfield

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Casemiro: 5

A steady performance from Casemiro, however, his passing was poor at times.

Christian Eriksen: 3

Eriksen was poor both in and out of possession. Some decent touches but his lack of energy in midfield put United on the back foot.

Donny van de Beek: 3

With Bruno Fernandes suspended, Van de Beek had a huge opportunity to stake a claim on that starting position. His lack of legs meant that United could easily be cut open on the transition.

Attack

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Alejandro Garnacho: 6

A very mature performance from the 18-year-old. While it lacked the glory of the goal, Garnacho was brave on the ball, took on his man, and tried to make things happen which was refreshing to see on the left-hand side.

Cristiano Ronaldo: 3

After his early opportunity to get United back in the game, it’s hard to pin down what his further contribution was to the game.

Marcus Rashford: 4

A passenger for large parts of the game. On the right-hand side for the majority of the game, he found it difficult to truly affect the game.

Substitutes

Anthony Elanga: 5

Anthony Martial: 5

Tyrell Malacia: 5


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