(Manchester United-Aston Villa 1-0) When Manchester United lacked Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, Scott McTominay used his head and sent United on to the 4th round of the FA Cup.
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The Scot tested the shooting foot even before six minutes had been played. Two minutes later the ball was in goal behind Emiliano Martínez.
Manchester United got a dream start against Aston Villa in the FA Cup’s 3rd round when Scott McTominay had to go up more or less unpressurized and head in 1-0 on a stroke from Fred.
It was the start of a chance bonanza with spouts and runs at both ends of Old Trafford. Aston Villa put the United defense to the test time and time again, and they also escaped reasonably easily on several occasions.
Like when Victor Lindelöf gave Ollie Watkins a great chance after half an hour of play. Then only the crossbar stood in the way.
Just before the break, Marcus Rashford should have increased to 2-0. He started a race in midfield and had a clear path to the goal. The striker was imprecise when he was about to finish, and Matty Cash was clarified.
At the start of the second half, it was a one-way drive towards the United goal. Danny Ings gave Aston Villa a quick hug as he left the field. After VAR had looked at the TV pictures, Judge Michael Oliver himself had to take a look at the TV screen. While most people were wondering if Ollie Watkins was in the ball and thus offside before Ings put it in, the referee chose to blow on an obstruction by Edison Cavani.
Gary Lineker thinks the VAR involvement was strange:
Eight minutes later, Ings was in front again, but that goal was also canceled – and now due to offside.
The drive towards the United goal continued, and only at the back did the Manchester United defense gain more control over running Aston Villa strikers.
Several Aston Villa players wanted to look out for the situation just before the end when Ezri Konsa went down on the back post after being hit in the face by Luke Shaw. Konsa was bleeding profusely from the nose, but the referee had no intention of blowing.
Before the match, manager Ralf Rangnick said that Ronaldo and Sancho’s absence was due to “muscular problems”.
PS! Manchester United meet Middlesbrough in the 4th round.
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