Aston Villa came back from 2-0 down to salvage a point against Manchester United. Steven Gerrard’s side managed to bring it back to 2-2 with their new signing, Philippe Coutinho, to thank.
The Brazilian signed for Villa this week on a six-month loan deal and was brought on to the pitch in the 68th minute. Within 10 minutes he had played an essential role in Villa’s comeback.
Coutinho started causing United issues with his skill and flair and Fred lunged to try and win the ball. The fellow Brazilian got a touch on the ball which redirected it into Jacob Ramsey’s path. Ramsey took one touch before firing with his left foot past David De Gea.
Villa found a burst of energy and Coutinho got the equaliser four minutes later. Ramsey was involved again as he found space down the left wing. He zipped in a dangerous ball across the six-yard box where Coutinho was in the right place and right time. He stroked the ball past De Gea and Villa Park erupted.
United started with intensity and arguably played the best opening 45 minutes of their season. Bruno Fernandes put Ralf Rangnick’s side ahead after six minutes but only because of a rare mistake by Emiliano Martinez. Fernandes’ shot bounced out of Martinez’s hands and through his legs to give United the lead.
In the second half, Villa had United under immense pressure but it was the visitors who snatched a goal that doubled their lead.
Morgan Sanson’s loose pass was intercepted by Fred who found Fernandes in the 18-yard box. The Portuguese midfielder took one touch before blasting past Martinez for his second of the game.
It was at this time when United took their foot off the gas and it showed. Villa kept coming forward and ultimately were rewarded for their efforts.
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January 15, 2022 at 3:34 PM EST
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January 15, 2022 at 2:29 PM EST
90 + 6′ Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United
It’s all over at Villa Park. What an enthralling match that was. Philippe Coutinho the hero for Villa as they fight back from a two-goal deficit and grab a point. For United, they remain winless in the league since the new year and looked impressive for parts but fell away in the second half and it showed.
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January 15, 2022 at 2:25 PM EST
90 + 3′ Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United
He has been down ever since the fourth official held his board up. Seems like he is struggling with his right shoulder. Ashley Young is preparing to replace the Argentine.
January 15, 2022 at 2:22 PM EST
90 + 1′ Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United
Can Villa find a winner here? United once again look to be hanging on.
January 15, 2022 at 2:21 PM EST
90′ Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United
Greenwood and Fernandes make way for Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard.
January 15, 2022 at 2:20 PM EST
88′ Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United
It’s been three years since he left the Premier League and Philippe Coutinho returns by getting himself on the scoresheet. He has been involved in everything since being introduced. If Villa can keep this sort of commitment and attitude, they’ve got themselves a real star.
January 15, 2022 at 2:13 PM EST
82′ Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United
THE DREAM START FOR THEIR NEW SUPERSTAR! It’s 2-2 at Villa Park. We’re in for thrilling last 10 minutes.
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January 15, 2022 at 2:10 PM EST
79′ Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United
Carney Chukwuemeka on for Danny Ings.
Jadon Sancho on for Elanga.
January 15, 2022 at 2:09 PM EST
77′ Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United
A glimmer of hope for Villa! And what a time to get your first goal at Villa Park. Coutinho dribbles into the box and Fred tries to tackle his fellow Brazilian but his touch on the ball sets up Ramsey perfectly to poke past De Gea.
January 15, 2022 at 2:06 PM EST
It does suit him to be fair.
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January 15, 2022 at 1:59 PM EST
68′ Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester United
Philippe Coutinho is making his debut for Aston Villa!
He replaces Sanson.
January 15, 2022 at 1:59 PM EST
67′ Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester United
Against all odds, United have doubled their lead! What a fantastic goal it is. Fred wins the ball high up the pitch and sets up Fernandes who takes one touch before hammering past Martinez and off the underside of the bar.
January 15, 2022 at 1:57 PM EST
66′ Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
Luiz catches the back of Fernandes’ thigh as he was already down on the floor.
January 15, 2022 at 1:56 PM EST
64′ Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
Watkins finds Cash with a superb through ball who then cuts it back for Ings to try and beat Lindelof but the United defender manages to clear his lines.
January 15, 2022 at 1:53 PM EST
61′ Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
Greenwood goes on an excellent solo run down the right flank and flashes an effort across the six-yard box.
January 15, 2022 at 1:52 PM EST
60′ Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
The young Swedish sensation capitalises on Cash’s loose pass and tries to wrap his left foot around the ball but it goes inches wide. The only chance of the second half for United so far.
January 15, 2022 at 1:47 PM EST
56′ Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
Digne beats Dalot with a wonderful nutmeg and tees up Buendia on the edge of the box. The Argentine midfielder hits it first time but yet again it’s straight at United’s goalkeeper.
January 15, 2022 at 1:45 PM EST
53′ Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
They’re heaping the pressure on United’s backline. The visitors are struggling to keep a hold of the ball and Villa’s faithful are recognising it. Good atmosphere building at Villa Park.
January 15, 2022 at 1:41 PM EST
50′ Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
Ramsey tries to beat De Gea at his near post but the Spaniard dives low to his right to deny the young Villan.
January 15, 2022 at 1:39 PM EST
47′ Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United
Elanga finds space behind and strikes early from the left of the 18-yard box. Martinez makes a good save.