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Man Utd 1 – 0 A Villa


Manchester United survived an attack on Aston Villa – including two disallowed goals – as Scott McTominay’s early strike proved enough to send Ralf Rangnick’s side to the FA Cup fourth round.

United, who were without injured Cristiano Ronaldo, took the lead after just eight minutes of play as Fred sent a perfect cross from the right and McTominay glanced past Emiliano Martinez from close range.

Villa was celebrating what they thought was an equalizer just five minutes into the second half when Ezri Konsa directed a free kick in the face of the goal for Danny Ings to come home from close range.

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Referee Michael Oliver turned down a goal from Danny Ings after consulting with VAR

But after a lengthy VAR review, including Michael Oliver checking the monitor, he was turned down after Jacob Ramsey was put on trial for blocking Edinson Cavani.

Frustration continued for Villa as Ings saw the celebrations cut short again as he crossed and cut the ball over De Gea for Watkins to hit home, only to see the offside flag go up for the first round of the summer signing.

It was the story of the game for Steven Gerrard’s side, who despite the early setback responded well by falling behind McTominay’s header.

They did everything but score as John McGinn’s long-distance effort was pushed back by David de Gea before Ollie Watkins rocked the crossbar after flipping Victor Lindelof inside as the hosts came in to the break with their lead intact.

Following the disallowed goals, Villa continued to push for a late equalizer but it didn’t turn out to be their night as United survived an all-powerful fear to reach the fourth round, where they will face Middlesbrough.

FA Cup fourth round draw: Man utd v Middlesbrough

Manchester UnitedThe reward for their 1-0 win over Villa Aston is a fourth round match against the Championship team Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.

The fourth round matches will be played on the opening weekend in February.

How the drama unfolded as Danny Ings’ equalizer was ruled out …

Ron Walker from Sky Sports:

GOAL! Man Utd 1-1 Aston Villa (Ings, 51)

United’s defensive failures are finally coming back to haunt them! McGinn’s deep free kick from the right is repelled by an unmarked Konsa. It’s then rendered by Ings, almost online – but will VAR have anything to say about it?

52: VAR! This has undergone a full VAR review … is Ings in an offside position?

Former Aston Villa forward Darius Vassell on Sky Sports News: “United players are complaining about Cavani’s block, but it’s an offside that is being controlled.”

53: There might be a touch of Watkins before he reaches Ings. If so, he’s definitely out of the game.

53: Darren England, the VAR, is still reviewing this. Michael Oliver is as confused as all of us.

54: Looks like it’s Ramsey, offside before blocking Cavani as the free kick arrives, who could be in trouble here.

54: OBJECTIVE NOT AUTHORIZED! Ramsey is penalized for the block on Cavani as he has seen he is influencing play from an offside position.

United flatters to cheat again

Oliver Yew from Sky Sports:

“It was a job done for Manchester United, but only a narrow one!

Steven Gerrard will be scratching his head on the Old Trafford return bus, wondering how his team didn’t get something out of this entertaining FA Cup fixture.

“Villa were by far the better team as they repeatedly walked through Manchester United, just as Wolves did when they won at Old Trafford in the Premier League a week ago as Ralf Rangnick’s failures in the in recent weeks have reappeared.

McTominay and Fred may have combined for what turned out to be United’s game-winning goal in the early stages, but time and time again United have been passed in the middle of the park as Villa put pressure on the hosts .

“Home fans’ frustrations were evident as the passes got lost and Villa continued to dominate the game, and on another day Gerrard’s men would have had their payoff.

“However, it had to be United’s day as they stood firm for a well-deserved victory to ease the pressure on Rangnick slightly.”

Team news

Cristiano Ronaldo has been conspicuous by his absence as Manchester United line up again without captain Harry Maguire.

Ronaldo, 36, was not part of the Old Trafford squad, where Ralf Rangnick made five changes as Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Fred, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford entered.

United defender Maguire missed the game again with injury, while Villa hosted Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins.

And after?

Live: SNF

saturday january 15 5:00 p.m.


Manchester United visit Aston Villa in the Premier League next Saturday at 5.30 p.m., live on Sky Sports Premier League.




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