Manchester United moves to the next round of the FA Cup by eliminating Aston Villa (1-0), but without reassurance. Scot Scott McTominay opened the scoring (8) quickly in the match, but the Red Devils trembled several times during this meeting and the Manconians did not know how to get out of their camp and suffered from the pressure and intensity of Aston Villa.
If the collective aspect is far from reassuring for Ralph Rangnick’s men, the individual performance is no better. Standing alongside Greenwood and Cavani, Marcus Rashford did not appear to be anxious about the match, wasting several offensive opportunities for his team.
Two goals and one touchdown for Aston Villa were rejected
Aston Villa came to Old Trafford with good intentions. Phelan was not worthy of touching the crossbar Watkins (30) and then refused the two goals in the second half. Danny Ings (54) first goal was disallowed for a very light offside after long minutes of VAR check by referee Michael Oliver. Same goes for Ole Watkins (59) a few minutes later, again for offside. With over 58% of possession, Aston Villa did not come far from leaving a Manchester side in need of inspiration.
In the next round, Manchester United will face Middlesbrough (D2) at Old Trafford on February 5, which had to fight hard to beat Mansfield Town (D4) in the previous round.
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