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Emery Tinkers As Villa Battle But Fail Against United In The Cup – Match Stats


Aston Villa fans have been on a high this week following on from the fantastic 3-1 Premier League victory over Manchester United. It was new head coach Unai Emery’s first game in charge and it brought a pathetic run of 23 years without a win on home soil to an end.

Without meaning to imply the domestic Cups are fixed, this week was also that time of year where we meet United in our almost annual third round EFL Cup clash and this one was always going to be trickier, as Erik ten Hag would be out for revenge.

Our chances weren’t made any easier by wholescale changes in the defence as Emery understandably used the competition to take a look at other players – many fans would’ve preferred friendlies during the break for that though.

With that said, the hosts had control but we took the lead shortly into the second half through Ollie Watkins, but were pegged back immediately as they levelled. An own goal from them restored our advantage just after the hour mark and whilst it is arguable we’d have held on anyway, the changes just ahead of our second interrupted the flow we did have, and United’s substitutes just after the goal ultimately totally changed the flow. With 23 left on the clock they levelled again. In the 78th minute they took the lead, and just inside of stoppage time they added a fourth.

Disappointing from our perspective, and although Emery will have a better clue about the wider squad now, and with the ridiculous winter break for a bit of sportswashing nigh on here, many will feel it was a mistake to not go stronger.

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Manchester United beat us to the inaugural Prem title in 1992/93, but what was the score when we travelled to Old Trafford?

Manchester United
4 – 2
Aston Villa

Old Trafford

EFL Cup Third Round

10/11/2022 9:00 pm

Attendance: 72512

Referee: David Coote

Manchester United Aston Villa
Martial (49), Rashford (67),
Bruno Fernandes (78), McTominay (90+1)
Watkins (48), Dalot (og 61)
Dubravka Olsen
Dalot Young
Konsa 59
Lindelof 87 Chambers
Malacia Augustinsson 80
J Ramsey 59
Fred 62 Douglas Luiz
Bruno Fernandes
van de Beek 62 McGinn
Rashford 82 Ings 59
Martial 62 Watkins


De Gea Martinez
Martinez 87 Cash 74
Eriksen 62 Mings 59
Casemiro 82 Sanson
Shaw Buendia 59
Pellistri Nakamba
Elanga 62 Digne 80
Shoretire Bailey
Garnacho 62 Archer

Game Statistics

19 Goal attempts 5
8 On Target 2
7 Corners 2
13 Fouls 13
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
59 % 41

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