It felt as if Villa might have come out all guns blazing after Monday's controversial FA Cup result but it was Man Utd who took the game to Villa and an early set piece leading to a disastrous error from Emi Martinez helped the visitors take the lead. It was all United after the opener and it took until the 25th minute for Villa to finally begin to impact the game.
A second half goal from Bruno Fernandes following a Morgan Sanson misplaced pass probably should have been the final nail in the Aston Villa coffin.. enter Philippe Coutinho.
Steven Gerrard made a brave decision in taking off a midfield player in Morgan Sanson and bringing on the attack minded Coutinho who went on to have a Villa debut that lived up to his massive reputation. A subsequent change of Carney Chukwuemeka on for Danny Ings was enough to spark the Villa into life. The introduction of Coutinho and Carney seemed to have a huge positive impact on Jacob Ramsey who felt like a different player in the final twenty minutes. It was his first goal in front of the Holte End that lifted Villa Park and made the team believe there was something to gain from this game.
As Manchester United began to collapse, Villa stepped up, and a pass from Buendia to Ramsey who picked out Coutinho was enough for Villa to rescue a point from what appeared to be a dire situation only minutes earlier. Villa Park was buzzing and our superstar signing and local boy done good were the heroes as the final whistle blew.
There's no doubt Villa had a lot of ups and downs when it comes to individual performances so let's not waste anymore time and jump straight into the player ratings.
Emi Martinez - 7/10
Martinez is a tough one to rate given his howler was the reason Villa found themselves 1-0 down through most of the first half. The mistake was very rare from a keeper who has been nothing short of outstanding in a Villa shirt and the performance he put in afterwards showed exactly that. He went on to save his team time after time and easily made up for his early blushes.
Matty Cash - 8/10
A lot of Villa's good attacking play came down the right hand side with Cash linking up with Buendia beautifully when going forward. He did seem exposed on the counter a few times but that's the risk you take with an attacking full back. The exact same could be said about the debuting Lucas Digne on the opposite side.
Ezri Konsa - 7/10
Tough one for Konsa today as he had to go off at half time with a painful looking injury. Having only played in the first half where Villa were mostly poor means Konsa was overran for most of his 45 minutes. Let's just hope the injury isn't too bad and he can get back in the starting eleven as soon as possible.
Tyrone Mings -8/10
Much like every other player in claret and blue, Mings didn't have the best of first halves. In the second half though he lead the attack from the back and was calm, smart and dangerous when marauding forward. His dribble through the Man Utd midfield was what lead to Villa's first goal and Mings deserves credit for his bravery in getting that attack started.
Lucas Digne - 7/10
I could pretty much just copy and paste what I said about Matty Cash here. Digne showed exactly why Villa paid so much for him in glimpses going forward even if that left us exposed and was also deadly from set pieces. His silly tackle which landed him in the referees book is the only reason I'm dropping him below Cash but overall he was very exciting to watch in Villa colours.
Douglas Luiz - 6/10
Much like the last game, Douglas Luiz feels out of place playing in a deeper role and was massively exposed in the first 25 minutes. He often gave the ball away and was being hounded every time he was on the ball. Thankfully he improved in the second half and put in a solid performance to finish the game.
Morgan Sanson - 7/10
Not too different to Emi Martinez, it would be unfair to judge Sanson's entire game on one glaring mistake. In the first half Sanson was the only standout player from the midfield three and really showed his quality. Most Villa supporters shared his frustration at being substituted even though it did turn out for the best. Not a perfect day for the Frenchman but he has nothing to be ashamed about.
Jacob Ramsey - 9/10
Ramsey had a dreadful first half and was lucky not to be subbed off in truth. With that being said his eventual man of the match award was well deserved as he came back in glorious fashion to lead Villa to a well earned draw. Bagging a goal and an assist in front of the Holte End is what dreams are made of for a local Villa lad and Ramsey alongside his family will be deservedly celebrating this evening.
Emi Buendia - 9/10
Buendia was arguably the only player to look quality throughout the game even when Villa were taking a bettering early on. He was creative and dangerous every time he had the ball at his feet and it could be argued today was his best performance so far in a Villa shirt. Outstanding. Fingers crossed his shoulder injury he picked up in injury time doesn't keep him out the team as it looked a painful one and his performances of late have been getting better and better.
Ollie Watkins - 6/10
It was a weird one today for Watkins. He worked hard and chased everything but once again he looked out of place and far from his best playing behind Danny Ings. The sooner Watkins can get back to playing as a lone striker the better..
Danny Ings - 5/10
It's hard to put a finger on what's going wrong for Ings. At times he looks unfit and struggles to keep up with the game. There were times today where he looked as if he was dragging a jumbo jet behind him and it was borderline painful to watch. It goes without saying that Ings is one of the best strikers to play in the Premier League in the past few years but for whatever reason it's just not working at Villa right now. Everybody says it because it's painstakingly true - Watkins and Ings simply can't play together.
Courtney Hause - 7/10
Hause did well today playing on his wrong side after the injury to Konsa and departure of Axel Tuanzebe. There was a scare early on when the brilliant Elanga charged towards him but he was solid and reliable after that. It's not ideal if he needs to replace Konsa in the coming weeks but he showed enough quality today to prove Villa can rely on him if need be.
Philippe Coutinho - 9/10
The pressure was on for the little magician today as the club made a huge song and dance about his arrival and for good reason. To come off the bench after spending so much time in the wilderness with Barcelona and change the game in the way he did was nothing short of incredible. Hopefully there's more of this to come from Villa's new superstar signing!
Carney Chukwuemeka - 8/10
Carney's influence off the bench today might go slightly less noticed as Coutinho and Ramsey grab all the headlines. He did great though and linked up well with all of Villa's attacking players going forward. It'll be a sad day if he does decide to move on from the club, especially now Gerrard seems to be leaning on the youngster a bit more.