Manchester United vs Aston Villa live scores, updates, latest news from Premier League
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick faces another challenging moment in his time in charge of Manchester United, as the Red Devils visit Villa Park ahead of powerhouse Aston Villa that could show acquisitions their new appreciation.
Manchester United (seventh, 31 points) aim for a minimum of fourth in the Premier League; a win could lift it to within a point of Arsenal, who currently occupy that spot. But Rangnick and United need more than just a win: a strong performance will go a long way in convincing the players and fans alike.
Rare and Cristiano Ronaldo’s long interview before this game sheds some light on the problems the superstar has observed inside United’s camp. Although he will be sidelined against Villa due to injury, he said there are changes that need to be made and things that need to be “destroyed”. And he asks teammates to up their game and change their mentality, especially those who don’t have time for his advice.
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While United are struggling to meet their high expectations, Aston Villa (14, 22 points) is looking to raise the bar for themselves this season. The appointment of Steven Gerrard as manager certainly proved a step in that direction. Not only did he help improve the team’s play, but he also recruited two starting players who could make his debut against United: playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona and left-back Lucas Digne from Everton.
It will be a close game between two quality teams – as Monday’s FA Cup third round tie proved. Man United won that match 1-0 at home, knocking Villa out of the competition and setting up an intriguing game. Aston Villa won their first match in September, a match that also ended 1-0.
Sporting News will follow the match live and provide live score updates, commentary and highlights as they unfold.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United
MANU – Bruno Fernandes – 6th minute
MANU – Bruno Fernandes (Fred) – 67th minute
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68th minute.: SUB – Coutinho came on for Morgan Sanson, who had just committed an expensive pass. His reaction to the move to the bench says it all:
67th minute: Man United scores! And that’s the captain! Just as Philippe Coutinho was about to go on the pitch, Sanson’s Villa let go and Fred took Bruno Fernandes, who took it home. The mansion has a real challenge on their hands.
61st minute: The chance to come back upstream for Man United. First it was Elanga and then Greenwood. The youngsters are doing well, but barely hit the mark on either occasion. The next goal in this game is obviously big and either team can achieve it.
55th minute: Lucas Digne hits the ball down the left flank and he serves his new teammate Emiliano Buendia, but the shot goes right into De Gea. Then, Digne got a shot on target shortly after. He was active when he debuted. Man United could use a spell to take control of the game again. That’s all Villa right now.
49th minute: Another great save from David De Gea. Villa’s Jacob Ramsey made a quick run in the box and finished, but De Gea was in attendance today. Today there will be more work to do for him.
47th minute.: Emiliano Martinez’s big stop in an Anthony Elanga outburst. The youngster has been active in his first Premier League appearance for the 2021-22 season.
46th minute: CAUTION – Bruno Fernandes is shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Villa’s Morgan Sanson.
46th minute: We are in progress. Kortney Hause came on for Ezri Konsa, who picked up an injury late in the first half. Hause scored the winning goal at Old Trafford in the match back in September.
Half 1: Aston Villa 0, Man United 1
Half time: Man United wanted a convincing performance in this game and they won it in about 30 minutes of the first half. It didn’t matter that Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez gifted the Reds their goal – the lead was well deserved. But then Aston Villa played strong late in the half and a few saves from David De Gea gave the home team the lead.
Villa will continue to pour in the second half and there will certainly be plenty of buzz at Villa Park with the expected debut of star midfielder Philippe Coutinho. We will see how Man United reacts in the face of adversity and the pressure that is sure to come.
43rd minute .: Villa test De Gea again! Lucas Digne fired a shot towards goal after Ings’ cross, but De Gea moved well to save it. Man United is gradually losing this game.
36th minute: Chances for the Villa! Buendia with a quick corner kick towards the goal, but De Gea’s reflex was excellent. Villa are increasing the pressure here to end the first half.
33rd minute: That is the last. Man United went the other way and Greenwood had another shot that Emi Martinez had to save. Anthony Elanga could not recover. Good game to watch for neutrals.
32nd minute: In a swift transition, Villa had the first shot of the game as Ollie Watkins tested David De Gea, but it wasn’t a difficult endeavor to block.
31st minute: Now it’s Man United’s Nemanja Matic’s turn to receive a yellow card for a foul on Danny Ings. But it was a good foul, 45 yards from goal and it prevented the build-up. Nothing comes from a free kick. Man United are defending comfortably.
27th minute.: Lucas Digne received his first yellow card as a Villa player for a foul on Diogo Dalot. Man United was scored by Greenwood after that goal. Another view for the visitors.
23rd minute: Anthony Elanga came down in the box, but the referee and VAR said it was a fair challenge in the box.
19th minute: Another good move from United. Alex Telles with a cross from the left missed Cavani and the ball went to Mason Greenwood, who was blocked by Emi Martinez and went wide of his touchline. Cavani was in pain and tried to shake it off.
12th minute: Active Anthony Elanga, who made an unexpected start on the left wing for Man United. He dashed past Villa right-back Matty Cash to catch a ball in the box, but the header was wide of target.
6th minute: Man United scores! And what a silly one by Villa’s Emiliano Martinez! Bruno Fernandes shot on goal, it went through the goalkeeper’s hand and through his feet. He’ll want that back.
5th minute: Manchester United started well. The visitors are playing in the last position of Villa and they have won a few corners and a few pieces thanks to the positive. There is a confidence in the way United are hitting the ball.
First minute: We are in progress at Villa Park.
12:33 pm: The reception that Philippe Coutinho received at Villa Park. More love in a day than he received during his time in Barcelona.
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“Steven Gerrard wants to age a bit and wants proven winners…” 🏆
Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow explains how Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne moved and what #AVFC want to achieve at the end of the season ️ pic.twitter.com/zJfKlA1XiB
– Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 15, 2022
9:15 am: There was only one goal between the two sides in the FA Cup third round match at Old Trafford. Here is the goal that brought the victory for the Red Devils:
Expected lineups Aston Villa vs Man United
Gerrard made it clear that new signings Digne and Coutinho will be available to play. Digne is starting at left-back, knocking on the door Matt Targett to the bench, where Coutinho began his career at Aston Villa.
Midfielders often warm up John McGinn suspended, with Morgan Sanson take his place. Trezeguet and Bertrand Traore is at AFCON, and Magic Nakamba and Leon Bailey injured out. Anwar El Ghazi loaned to Everton.
Aston Villa starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Emiliano Martinez (GK) – 27-Lucas Digne, 5-Tyrone Mings, 4-Ezri Konsa, 2-Matty Cash – 41-Jacob Ramsey, 6-Douglas Luiz, 8-Morgan Sanson – 10-Emiliano Buendia, 20- Danny Ings, 11-Ollie Watkins
Aston Villa reserve (9): 12-Jed Steer (GK), 3-Matt Targett, Kaine Kesler Hayden, 47-Tim Iroegbunam, 30-Kortney Hause, 18-Ashley Young, 33-Carney Chukwuemeka, 35-Cameron Archer, 23-Philippe Coutinho
Although Rangnick had hoped Ronaldo will be available for the match against Aston Villa, he will be sidelined with the same pain that caused him to miss the FA Cup game. Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-Bissaka unexpected absences.
Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones is back, although the suspension will continue Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay not participate. Paul Pogba Still sidelined with a thigh injury, while two players are currently absent from AFCON 2022: Eric Bailly and Hannibal Mejbri.
Manchester United starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-David De Gea (GK) – 27-Alex Telles, 19-Raphael Varane, 2-Victor Lindelof, 20-Diogo Dalot – 31-Nemanja Matic, 17-Fred – 36-Anthony Elanga, 18-Bruno Fernandes (captain) ), 11-Mason Greenwood – 21-Edinson Cavani
Manchester United substitutes (8): 26-Dean Henderson (GK), 22-Tom Heaton (GK), 4-Phil Jones, 5-Harry Maguire, 34-Donny van de Beek, 8-Juan Mata, 14-Jesse Lingard, 25-Jadon Sancho
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How to watch Aston Villa vs Man United
- Day: Saturday, January 15
- Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
- Channel: NBC, Universo
- Streaming online: fuboTV, Peacock (subscribers only)
Saturday’s match between Aston Villa and Manchester United from Villa Park will be broadcast on NBC (English) and Universo (Spanish).
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Both channels are possible broadcast on fuboTV, provide a Free trial for new users.