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Aston Villa Player Ratings vs Manchester United

It may be a new day but the sting of last night's controversial loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup still has Aston Villa fans fuming and rightfully so. For the full match breakdown make sure to check out last night's match report here.

For now though let's focus on individual player ratings for a Villa team who despite the loss still put in a good shift.

Emi Martinez - 7/10

A solid performance from Emi will come as no surprise to anybody. Outside of the early shambolic goal and a couple of decent first half saves, Martinez didn't really have a lot to do in the game and spent the majority of his 90 mins scooping up tame balls rolled right at him from Mason Greenwood.

Matt Targett - 6/10

Considering the club are not hiding their desire for a new left back it was a little surprising not to see Targett put in a better performance here. United would often target that right hand side and on more than one occasion Targett found himself in no man's land. However it should be noted the lack of support Targett received as he was often left to struggle on his own with midfield and forward players being a tad lazy with their defensive duties in this game.

Tyrone Mings - 7/10

Mings should have been stronger and done more to prevent the only goal in the game, however he went on to barely put a foot wrong after that. It's no secret Mings is prone to a big mistake but there's no doubt we're a much stronger team with him in it.

Ezri Konsa - 8/10

Konsa was the Rolls-Royce defender we've quickly become used to and was unlucky to be on the losing side with his performance. Konsa also took a page out of his Captain's playbook and fancied a run at United's back line at one point which shows a side to his game we've rarely seen to this point. There's an argument to be made that he was as much to blame for the goal as anyone else and maybe that's true, however he seemed to be the only player in the box actually trying to do something about it.

Matty Cash - 6/10

Cash's lightning runs forward are why Villa fans adore him. During this game though, it felt they may have hindered us more than anything. There sadly weren't many occasions when one of these runs paid off and it would usually end with Villa's defence looking stretched and panicky on a Man Utd counter attack.

Douglas Luiz - 7/10

Dougie's passing was pin point for most of last night and for the most part he had a really decent game. He did begin to run out of gas the closer we got to 90 minutes and I still believe his best position is a little further forward, but with Nakamba out Luiz is acting as good cover. Fingers crossed Villa can find a proper DM in this window so Luiz can be set free a bit more.

John McGinn - 8/10

McGinn worked his socks off as always and gave everything to the cause but unfortunately it wasn't quite enough. He had a good effort on target from range in the first half and had the United players on ice during the second. The only negative is that the Scotsman unsurprisingly began to lose his head with some of the refereeing decisions late on and was lucky to escape without a booking himself. There's no doubt McGinn will be a huge miss on Saturday.

Jacob Ramsey - 6/10

An early yellow card and a dodgy opening 15 minutes meant Ramsey could have easily come away with a rotten rating here but the youngster showed great willingness and character to get his head back in the game and become a real threat for Villa. With a bit more experience under his belt, Ramsey will be dominating games like this one in the future but some poor decision making cost him in this one.

Emi Buendia - 8/10

For the most part Buendia was excellent, unfortunately though he was just missing that final ball. The little Argentine was able to dance past United's defence at ease at times during this game and if Danny Ings was a little quicker to the cross we'd be talking about one of the greatest assists for a long time. He was guilty of giving the ball away at times but that's a risk you take with creative players. More performances like this from Buendia will surely result in more goals and assists sooner rather than later.

Ollie Watkins - 7/10

Watkins was brilliant at getting himself into the right positions and really threatening United but his finishing wasn't quite good enough this time round and he'll know it. Watkins came close by hitting the crossbar and always felt likely to get something but it just didn't come together in this game. Maybe if he was leading the line rather than playing in one of the number 10 roles he'd get more luck. Him and Ings were better but that partnership is still not there yet.

Danny Ings - 6/10

I should be sat here talking about Ings getting the equaliser but given VAR was doing everything in their power to make sure that didn't happen, here we are. However even outside of the disallowed goal I didn't feel Ings was anywhere near his best last night. He looks as if he's still lacking some match fitness and doesn't seem to lead the line as well as Watkins does. It's difficult to make a case for dropping Ings given how deadly he is in front of goal but with the imminent arrival of Coutinho it wouldn't surprise me to see Watkins pushed further forward with the little magician sat just behind alongside Buendia.


El Ghazi - 6/10

Philogene-Bidace 6/10

I'm grouping these two together as they had similar performances. The game was already petering out when they both joined the game and it was always going to be difficult to make an impact, neither of which were able to. El Ghazi blazing the ball into row Z pretty much summed Villa up towards the end of the game.

Overall I feel the team performed well and with no player dropping below a 6 the ratings reflect that. The Villa players will still need to up their game even more when United come to Villa Park this Saturday though. Coutinho will reportedly be available but I'd expect Steven Gerrard to go with a very similar starting eleven as last night with the only change most likely being Sanson in for the suspended McGinn.

For more updates, previews, reports and more make sure to keep it right here at AVFC Faithful.

@Mikey Galaszia

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