Unai Emery scored Aston Villa’s first Premier League home win over Manchester United since 1995 when they defeated Eric Ten Hag’s side 3-1 at Villa Park.
Leon Bailey scored for Levia in the seventh minute and when Lucas Digne scored a free kick shortly after the home team’s fans celebrated. Luke Shaw’s perverted hit, which kicked off Jacob Ramsey, before the first half gave United little hope – but not for long.
And Ramsey’s brilliant finishing penalty from Ole Watkins quickly stopped the comeback and wasn’t more than Villa deserved. This historic win sees him achieve a back-to-back Premier League home win for the first time either this season or the last time as he moves up to 13th in the table.
For United, with Cristiano Ronaldo as captain, it may have been as disjointed as it has seemed since the Manchester derby. The defeat ends a nine-game streak unbeaten in all competitions and means they miss the opportunity to close the gap in the top four.
Aston Villa: Martinez (8), Cash (7), Konsa (7), Mings (8), Dean (8), Luiz (7), Dendoncker (7), Ramsey (9), Buendia (7), Watkins (8), Bailey (8).
Subs: McGinn (6), Kamara (6), Ings (6), Young (6), Sanson (unknown).
Manchester United: De Gea (5), Dalot (6), Lindelof (5), Martinez (6), Shaw (6), Casemiro (6), Eriksen (6), Garnacho (5), Van de Beek (4), Rashford ( 5) Ronaldo (5).
Subs: Malacia (6), Ilanga (6), Martial (6).
Match player: Jacob Ramsey.
How Aston Villa finished with United
There was a rowdy atmosphere beforehand as new boss Emery was greeted by fans and the team responded with a strong start which was too much for United. Ramsey was at her heart, playing in Bailey who fired the ball behind David de Gea in the opening game.
Ramsey then won a free kick as Villa continued to press and Digne fired it superbly into the top right corner to send the Holte End into a rave. It was credited with their strength but also their tactical superiority that they pulled United into play from the back.
Unai Emery made two changes to Aston Villa’s starting lineup, which was badly beaten by Newcastle before he took over. Lucas Denny replaced Ashley Young, while Jacob Ramsey returned to strengthen the midfield. Danny Ings was among the substitutes.
Donny van de Beek has started his first Premier League game of the season in place of suspended Bruno Fernandes as one of three changes to the Manchester United side that beat West Ham last weekend. Victor Lindelof came in in place of Harry Maguire, while Alejandro Garnacho made his first Premier League start to his nascent career with Anthony Elanga relegated to the bench. Cristiano Ronaldo has been named captain of United.
Ten Hag’s side have improved a lot but would have been worried about what they saw here in the absence of Bruno Fernandes during the suspension. Donny van de Beek did not take his chance. Alejandro Garnacho was an up and down on his debut in the Premier League.
The decision to award Ronaldo the captain’s armband would also attract attention, although the veteran may have celebrated the occasion with a goal had Emiliano Martinez’s header not saved well. United managed to regain a goal before the end of the first half.
She was fortunate as the ball bounced off Ramsey after Shaw’s hopeful shot but it changed the mood quite a bit. It might even be the lifeline United need. They missed it, and the impressive Ramsey regained the two-goal lead early in the second half.
Villa never relinquished their grip, and Tyrone Mings controlled the increasingly tense Ronaldo comfortably enough by fair or wrong means. This is a setback for the Ten Hag revolution at United. But Emery’s revolution at Villa has already begun.
FPL stats: Aston Villa 3-1 Man United
|Objectives||Billy, Denny, Ramsay|
|helps||Ramsey (2), Shaw, Watkins|
|Bonus points||Ramsay (3), Denny (2), Billy (1)|
Villa win in stats
- Prior to that day, the Red Devils had been unbeaten in 23 away matches at Villa – the longest unbeaten run by a team away from another team in Premier League history.
- Manchester United lost nine away matches in the Premier League in 2022 – the most defeats they suffered in a calendar year since 1989 (12).
- Each of the nine previous coaches who faced the Red Devils in their first Premier League game before Unai Emery all lost.
- Aston Villa’s Jacob Ramsey has become the fourth player in Premier League history to score a goal, assist and score an own goal in the same match.
- Three of Lucas Digne’s five Premier League goals have been scored from direct free kicks. Only four players have scored more since his debut in the competition.
Aston Villa And the Manchester United It meets again on Thursday in the third round of the Carabao Cup, this time at Old Trafford and live Sky Sports. Departure at 8 pm. Villa and then go to Brighton Sunday November 13th at 2 pm.
Man United heads to Fulham On Sunday, November 13, the final match of the Premier League before the World Cup, live Sky Sports. The match starts at 4.30 pm.