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Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa (FA Cup)

Manchester United are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup but they are lucky to beat Aston Villa 1-0. The visitors had two goals disallowed by VAR and were the far better team on the night. United were run ragged in midfield and looked uncomfortable in defence but David de Gea managed to keep his second clean sheet of the season.

Goalkeeper:

David De Gea – 5/10

A busy but relatively comfortable night for the Spaniard. Although the ball was in the back of his net twice, both goals disallowed, the chances that Villa had on target you would expect him to save. His distribution was quite poor all game.

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Defenders:

Diogo Dalot – 6/10

A more defensively sound performance from Dalot, an area of his game he is normally criticised for.

Raphaël Varane – 6/10

Nothing notable in the game, however, he, like the other United defenders, didn’t help De Gea much and relied on him to make saves.

Victor Lindelöf – 4/10

A shaky and nervous showing at centre back. Incredibly lucky for Ollie Watkins not to score off his horrendous touch, did not look confident all game.

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Luke Shaw – 5/10

Had some promising attacking moves, but defensively struggled against Matty Cash who kept Shaw pinned back.

Midfielders:

Marcus Rashford – 3/10

A poor night for Rashford, ending in the 84th minute, as he wasn’t on his toes and didn’t look bothered to get into the positions for easy tap-ins. He is playing with no confidence and looks like he is not enjoying his football.

Scott McTominay – 6.5/10

Scored the only goal of the match, a header from a recycled corner, and was busy in the midfield throughout. Was given MOTM for his performance which was agreed with by the Old Trafford crowd.

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Fred – 5/10

Assisted McTominay’s goal with a beautiful curled cross into a dangerous area. Apart from this cross, Fred was chasing shadows as Aston Villa easily cut through United’s midfield.

Mason Greenwood – 5/10

Greenwood was direct in his attacking play like he has been all season. Had many chances from outside the box but didn’t strike the ball cleanly resulting in easy saves.

Bruno Fernandes – 5/10

An ok night from the Portuguese, perhaps unlucky not to get an assist as he cleverly played through Rashford and Greenwood at different times in the match who failed to take their chances.

Forward:

Edison Cavani – 4/10

Another quiet game for the Uruguayan who’s best and only chance came in the first half but his effort, which was deflected, was saved by Emiliano Martínez. Cavani seemed to be off the pace of the game and hindered United’s attack by being too slow.

Substitutes:

Donny van de Beek – 5/10

Replaced Cavani in the 72nd minute but didn’t do much with his time on the pitch.

Anthony Elanga – N/A

Came on in the 84th minute for Rashford, did some explosive dribbles which excited the fans inside the ground.

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Jesse Lingard – N/A

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