Villa 0 – 1 Man utd; An expected result?

That was as poor a Villa – Man Utd game as I can recall, and I’ve seen a few.

So what went wrong?
I’d suggest not a lot really.
Both teams were fairly poor and obviously not quite up to speed, but Utd generally looked the better side, purely because of their better standard of player.
Yes, it galls me to say that, but that’s how it is, plain and simple.
Memphis threatened and looked a class apart, from an attacking point of view, for example.

The first half was ok overall, but we basically created nothing.
Utd were similar, but slightly better and they opened us up, for Junuzaj to get a deflection that left Guzan with no chance.
The goal was lucky, but the defence yet again didn’t look to be set up correctly.
Micah Richards seemed to be at fault for the actual goal, but he looked ok overall in the game, so I’m loathe to point him out.

Come the second half, we looked livelier, but I still had the feeling that we had little to offer.
Gabby and Ayew weren’t getting in the game and I found myself wishing that we had a Grealish or Gil in there to link the Midfield and attack.
In fairness, Ayew did put himself about, but I didn’t think he was particularly effective.
As opposed to Gabby, who did little at all yet again.
That’s the difference between those two, in my opinion; Ayew at least tries to help out, but what does Gabby do?
I don’t see it.

Gestede came on and we tried more long ball; a tactic that hadn’t worked in the first half.
Why we even tried that with Gabby and Ayew, I’m not sure and it should have been changed way earlier, although in fairness, we had no Gil or Grealish to bring on and they’re both a decent option lost.

Man of the match?
Armavi again.
He looks like a proper player and will probably prove to be the next Benteke type saga.


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  1. Lionheart
    Lionheart August 17, 2015 at 12:07 pm . Reply

    Rooney was sh!t..!! So was Depay..

    If you actually look at the key moments.. the goal was a deflection and we should have had a penalty..

    But obv taking rose tinted glasses off.. we need to sort our attacking play out..

    VERTOUT… has done nothing so far.. he came with a big reputation.. some raving about how he would be the best of all the signings.. well he needs to up his game.. because the all round scoring midfielder is what we are def lacking..!

    1. domingo
      domingo August 17, 2015 at 1:39 pm . Reply

      two games give the lad a chance. bigger names than vertout has come to the premier league and took time to settle , a lot longer than two games ffs.
      as iv said before you cant judge any of the new players until they have played between 10-20 games .

      1. Colonius81
        Colonius81 August 17, 2015 at 2:10 pm . Reply

        agree on that front, I agree that he has been largely anonymous and ineffective so far. But Look firstly, I don’t think we know how to play together yet for a start, very different team.
        secondly, not just him but ayew, gueye, also look not quite up to it, Gueye, the most settled looking so far, Amavi is duck in water in the prem league,
        but those 3 will need time to adjust to the pace and lack of time on the ball, they seem too ponderous and a little exasperated at times at how quickly they are closed down and how quickly the play changes.

        One highlight of that overall poor game was Amavi vs Darmian, both came out well overall, Amavi for the sheer amount of times he got himself one on one with him that much forward and Darmian to how he defended and stood up to assault down Villa’s left.

        great tussle between both of them, I am impressed with Darmian to be honest. ( just as much as Amavi)

    2. Andrew
      Andrew August 17, 2015 at 5:23 pm . Reply

      We’ve had one player score… One. We could all claim we need everyone scoring, not just Gestede. Veretout will come good, obvious high praise but once the team gets going and at least 1 of Gil or Grealish is back, we’ll look far more fluid, and Traore.

      1. Bum Bum
        Bum Bum August 17, 2015 at 5:28 pm . Reply

        Before everyone (or some) start panicking, Chelski have only had two shots on target in two games. Chill people!
        Can’t believe that sone here are STILL defending Lambert! I will never EVER forget how shit he was, financial constrain or not. He was f****** useless. Talentless, cowardly chancer. If he’d have had any dignity, he’d have walked ages before he was sacked.

        1. Hitchens 60
          Hitchens 60 August 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm . Reply

          Manure beat Spurs thanks to an own goal; had a flukey goal against and we should have been awarded a penalty – yet some within the media are talking up their title prospects – on that basis guys we must be in with a shout as well!

  2. 88
    88 August 17, 2015 at 7:09 pm . Reply

    What could be more exciting… Reserve forward line tonight traore Gil grealish sellers,
    Or seeing the name cowans as a substitute? If he turns out half as good as his dad I wont complain.

    1. Bum Bum
      Bum Bum August 17, 2015 at 7:58 pm . Reply

      Really? Wish I was watching that one????

  3. 88
    88 August 17, 2015 at 8:04 pm . Reply

    Ht. 1-0 traore and Gil set up jack for the goal.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 17, 2015 at 9:01 pm . Reply

      Benteke scored for bin dippers.

      1. Bill Pearson
        Bill Pearson August 17, 2015 at 9:07 pm . Reply

        Benteke WHO?

      2. KentNielsen77
        KentNielsen77 August 17, 2015 at 9:09 pm . Reply

        I don’t usually get involved in the whole Sky4/5/6 debate but seriously how was Bournemouth’s goal disallowed, how was Liverpool’s goal not flagged offside, and how did we not get a penalty against United.

        It’s sad but what chance have these perceived ‘smaller’ clubs got?

          ORIGINALLONDONLION August 17, 2015 at 10:15 pm . Reply

          Someone on the 7500 to Holte USA Villa site has started a complete list to run all season of all the questionable decisions in EPL games (not just Villa games, the lot). It will be informative to see how that pans out.

          But to answer your questions. Bournemouth’s goal was correctly disallowed because Elphick had a hand on each of the defender’s shoulders as he jumped and either pushed him down or levered himself up to the header.
          Liverpool’s goal should have been ruled out. Nothing wrong with Benteke’s on-side run – but right in front of the keeper, two yards from the goal a Liverpool forward yards offside jumped and attempted to head the ball as well as obstructing the keeper’s view of Benteke at the far post. Definitely gaining an advantage and interfering. No goal.

          Villa at Old Trafford, Headlocks permitted for the home defence only. Local rule 8.

          1. pat57
            pat57 August 17, 2015 at 10:23 pm . Reply

            OLL completely disagree that the Bournemouth goal was a foul. Lawro agrees with me too. Ref conned by Lovren who made out he’d been leant on after he’d dropped a bollock by not jumping. Look at it in slow mo.

            Bournemouth were robbed and robbed by shite refereeing decisions. Default position seems to be if its a big club give them the benefit of the doubt.

            State of refereeing is very worrying I think, especially if you’re not from Liverpool, Manchester or London.

          2. KentNielsen77
            KentNielsen77 August 17, 2015 at 10:37 pm . Reply

            I’ve heard it all on Sky now – Carragher has just pretty much praised Lovren for being a pussy. That should not have been disallowed.

        2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath August 18, 2015 at 10:16 am . Reply

          Spot on something needs to be done about it it’s blatant cheating

  4. billys boots
    billys boots August 17, 2015 at 9:30 pm . Reply

    its not once or twice a season anymore its every game now , don’t know about investigating blatter, think we should look closer to home.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath August 18, 2015 at 10:17 am . Reply

      You’ve got a point

  5. Deferenz
    Deferenz August 18, 2015 at 12:12 am . Reply

    Well Bournemouth beat the bin dippers 1-0 but of course the record books will not show that. Disgraceful. I felt sorry for the cherries that they came away from that match with no points. So many decisions went against them it was untrue.

    It’s sad in a way that a team like Bournemouth just try to play their game only to find out that the rules they thought they knew no longer matter when they come up against the so called ‘big clubs’ in the EPL. It’s no longer about playing the game, it’s now about the money, the media and the sponsors. And unless you got all three backing your corner you might as well throw the towel in.


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