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Gary Neville praises four Man United stars vs Aston Villa after explaining Man of the Match secret



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Gary Neville chose Harry Maguire as the Man of the Match after Manchester United won against Aston Villa but admitted three others could’ve got the award.

United were able to earn an important three points after a late winner from Scott McTominay after Rasmus Højlund opened the scoring in the game.

Erik ten Hag’s side are now within five points of Villa and look to be closing in on the Premier League’s top four.

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Despite the win, United needed to work extremely hard defensively, and former club captain Gary Neville believed that Harry Maguire deserved the Man of the Match whilst on commentary duty.

The England international was solid defensively and also assisted Højlund’s goal with a good header from a corner. He won 11 out of 12 duels in the game.

“I think Harry Maguire won a lot of first contacts in that first half, caused a big problem for Villa and the ultimate one came when he got the header for the goal,” Neville said afterwards.

“He made some really good interceptions at both ends, good in the end. Villa obviously still gave United a tough game.”

However, the 48-year-old explained that it was, in fact, a close battle with three other United players and that he was provided the statistics for the game, which pulled the decision in Maguire’s favour.

“For me, it was [Diogo] Dalot, [Raphael Varane], Maguire and [Andre] Onana that were probably the ones that I would’ve gone for out of the United players,” added Neville. “And I was just told that his [Maguire] stats were better, so there you go, for the people at home!”

Dalot assisted the winning goal with a beautiful cross, whilst Varane and Onana also had impressive games at the back.