Manchester, 11:00 PM on Monday 10/01/2022
Manchester United survive the third round of the FA Cup. Against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa – still without Philippe Coutinho – a 1-0 win at Old Trafford is enough.
With a team that has been converted to five positions – among other things, Cristiano Ronaldo is missing – United does not need long to take the lead. After eight minutes, Fred brings a cross to the five, McTominay heads through and has no trouble from the short distance.
The “Red Devils” could not play out more than a slight advantage in the first half, Villa even found a great opportunity to equalize: After a Lindelöf mistake Watkins only hit the crossbar (30th).
In the early stages of the second half, the guests actually shook the equalizer: Ings puts a knee cross into the mesh from a short distance, but the goal is not given after a video review (51st). Even eight minutes later, when the Gerrard-Elf pocketed the next ball, the hit does not count – offside.
A quarter of an hour before the end, Martinez parried a Greenwood shot and thus United’s best opportunity in the second half, but in the end it stayed at a narrow 1-0.
Manchester United face Middlesbrough FC in the round of 32, which is complete.
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