Manchester United just staged a spectacular comeback to defeat Aston Villa 3-2. Here are 5 highlights from the showdown at Old Trafford.
1. Tigers know how to roar
Rasmus Hojlund finally has a goal in the Premier League. The Danish striker scored the decisive goal after standing in the right position at the right time and flicked the ball beautifully, leaving Emiliano Martínez unable to do anything more.
Hojlund is full of potential. His ability to score goals is undisputed after 5 goals in the Champions League this season. But he is still unlucky in the Premier League and today, the former Atalanta star made his debut in England’s top tournament. The emotion on Hojlund’s face and the wild celebration showed how much this goal meant to him, and every home team player ran over to celebrate with him.
An explosive Hojlund can completely take Man United to new heights. Red Devils fans have reason to hope this is the start of something great in the near future.
2. Alejandro Garnacho’s explosive day
Against Villa, Man United’s four pillars, Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Christian Eriksen and Marcus Rashford, all returned to the starting lineup – a change from the previous match against West Ham. In the end, one of the players who underperformed against the Hammers made the difference. Alejandro Garnacho had an extremely explosive match. Besides the double, the young Argentinian star exhausted the away team’s defense with his speed, technique, and direct play.
This is the first time Garnacho scored 2 goals in a match for Man United. His total number of goals for the season is currently 5 goals, only behind Scott McTominay and Rasmus Hojlund.
3. Fixed situations
In the match against Liverpool at Anfield, centre-back duo Jonny Evans and Raphael Varane looked very solid. But against Villa, things did not go well for Man United. They conceded twice in the first 30 minutes, both from fixed situations. The ball was hung low and the Red Devils defense should have done better.
Man United showed that they cannot do the basics of defense, and in this match, the absence of November’s best player Harry Maguire was clearly shown. Looking back, Ten Hag has used 10 different centre-back pairings this season. It is difficult for everything to run smoothly.
4. The scoring drought ended
This season, Man United’s attack has been very poor. Scoring even once is very difficult. Before this win, Man United had not scored a goal in four matches against Bournemouth, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and West Ham.
More than 400 minutes later, Garnacho scored. The Red Devils attacked fiercely and deserved to win 3-2 in the end. Their strikers played well, their coordination was also very good, according to what Ten Hag and the fans expected.
5. The Ineos era begins
Ineos advisor Dave Brailsford was present at Old Trafford, after the investment to buy 25% of Man United’s shares was agreed earlier this week. Sir Jim and his colleagues will be disappointed with the team’s poor performance in the first half. Of course then comes the feeling of excitement. But clearly, Ineos Group is facing a major reconstruction at Old Trafford in the near future.
At least the match ended well. It’s great to start a new era with a victory. A brighter 2024 awaits the Red Devils.