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Unai Emery identifies Manchester United’s biggest advantage in Aston Villa win



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Unai Emery believes that Manchester United had a big advantage over Aston Villa due to the home advantage as Erik ten Hag’s men clawed themselves back to a 3-2 victory at Old Trafford.

Manchester United fans feared the worst after their side went 2-0 down at Old Trafford against Aston Villa – the team who had won every single fixture they had scored first in this season.

However, second-half heroics from Rasmus Højlund and Alejandro Garnacho saw Erik ten Hag‘s men overcome the odds to win 3-2 on the night, with many praising the young striker for scoring his first Premier League goal.

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Unai Emery, speaking after the fixture, belives that a big reason for the comeback was due to the atmosphere Old Trafford created in the second half, with this pushing the Reds.

“The atmosphere pushed them. They have very good players,” he said. “Two weeks ago I was asked if we were contenders to the title and said no, and was thinking the same as I am now.

“Why? Because we are playing several top teams that are contenders more than we are. Of course, we are being consistent and better than a lot of teams so far this season.

“Today, we missed an opportunity to have that consistency against one of the top ten teams. This can happen. The reaction after the first goal conceded was good, we even then created a few very good chances, but that is football.”

Manchester United will next face Nottingham Forest in their final game of 2023, with the club looking to climb back up the table into the Champions League places in the coming months.