Thu. Dec 2nd, 2021

Solskjaer on Utd keeper battle and Villa

Manchester United look to bounce back from their midweek defeat by West Ham in the Carabao Cup with the visit of Aston Villa to Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side maintained their promising start to the season last weekend against the Hammers, securing a dramatic late victory at the London Stadium thanks to Jesse Lingard’s goal and David De Gea’s penalty save in stoppage time. Villa, meanwhile, blitzed Everton last weekend with a fine cameo from Leon Bailey, but they came just short midweek against Chelsea in the cup, with the European champions winning out on penalties.

Meanwhile the Norwegian boss inferred that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s comments last season have led to fewer penalties for United: “I don’t know, but there was a certain manager last [season] who was starting to worry about us getting penalties, and after that it seems like the decisions are more difficult to give. Surely I’ve seen a big, big difference since then on.”

Follow live updates from Old Trafford below, including goal updates from Stamford Bridge as the Red Devils’ fellow title contenders Chelsea and Man City battle it out simultaneously:

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Manchester United 0-0 Aston Villa

76 mins: A smart turn from McGinn draws a foul from Fred, who is booked.

Buendia then comes on for Villa, replacing Ings, while United are preparing Cavani.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 14:09

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Manchester United 0-0 Aston Villa

75 mins: That’s good from Pogba. The midfielder drives into the Pogba and cuts onto this right, but can’t beat Martinez with his shot.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 14:07

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Manchester United 0-0 Aston Villa

72 mins: Now Targett is down. The Villa left back was substituted with an injury last week against Everton. Dean Smith has yet to make a change while for United, Cavani continues to warm up on the sidelines.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 14:05

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Manchester United 0-0 Aston Villa

70 mins: Pogba shoots wide after working an opportunity inside the box, before Greenwood is blocked by Hause and then Mings as United increase the pressure.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 14:03

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Manchester United 0-0 Aston Villa

68 mins: Brilliant from Villa! Luiz wins the ball back on the edge and is then released after a flick from Ings. The ball is sprayed out wide to Watkins, who ducks inside Varane and fires a strong shot at De Gea, who saves.

United go down the other end as Greenwood is played in on goal, but Villa recover well and Greenwood is eventually crowded out before dragging a shot wide.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 14:01

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67 mins: This is still fascinatingly poised as we enter the closing stages. United have just one attacking change available to them following those injuries to Shaw and Maguire.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 13:59

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64 mins: Lots going on. First Greenwood sees a shot saved by Martinez before Maguire goes down under a challenge from Konsa from a corner and appeals for a penalty that isn’t given. Maguire is then finally taken off as Lindelof comes on.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 13:57

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Manchester United 0-0 Aston Villa

62 mins: McGinn beats Maguire to the ball and flicks it around the corner into space before being brought down by the United captain – but referee Mike Dean does not award the foul!

McGinn would have had the whole half to run into but somehow that wasn’t given.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 13:54

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60 mins: Fred almost plays in Greenwood on the break but Martinez gets out to clear.

Pogba then curls a shot over the bar from the edge of the box. Better from United.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 13:51

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Manchester United 0-0 Aston Villa

57 mins: Villa appeal for a penalty after Wan-Bissaka steps across Watkins to clear the ball from a cross, but that’s never going to be given.

Villa are increasing the pressure and the home crowd are growing frustrated with their side’s loose play.

Maguire is still on the pitch but looks to be struggling.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 13:49

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