Unai Emery succeeded. For his first match in charge of Aston Villathe Spaniard achieved a small feat: beat Manchester United at home, which his new club had failed to do at home in the Premier League since August 19, 1995.
This result interrupts the good series of the Red Devils, who were unbeaten since their rout at Manchester City on October 2 (3-6). Erik ten Hag’s team appeared both apathetic and disorganized, like Donny van de Beek, whom his teammates struggled to find on the pitch, or Anthony Martial, who replaced the Dutch in the 65th position as leader, and who obviously had trouble finding his marks in this position.
A CR7 with the armband, but very discreet
As for Cristiano Ronaldo, who played with the armband mdespite his complicated relationship with ten Hag, he remained very discreet, with the exception of a diving header well deflected by Emiliano Martinez (34th). The Villains themselves, at the start of each half, showed impressive aggression and desire. They thus scored two goals quickly, first by Leon Bailey with a cross shot (1-0, 7th), after a fine opening from Ollie Watkins, then on a magnificent free kick from 20 meters from Lucas Digne (2-0, 11th).
After the break, Villa scored a third goal through Jacob Ramsey, with a splendid shot into the top corner, after a back serve from Watkinks (1-3, 49th). Meanwhile, United saved the honor through a distant attempt from Luke Shaw, deflected into his own goal by Ramsey (1-2, 45th). With this result, MU stagnates in the standings (5th), while Aston Villa offers a little air (14th).
Good news for Didier Deschamps
It should be noted that this meeting was rich in lessons for Didier Deschamps, since several French players who were recently injured took part, such as Digne and Martial, but also Boubacar Kamara, who entered the game in the 78th minute.
At the same time, Newcastle won 4-1 on the lawn of Southampton, thanks in particular, once again, to a spectacular goal from Miguel Almiron, who concluded from the left a beautiful breakthrough with the ball at the foot (0-1, 35th). An achievement that allows the Paraguayan to be 4th in the ranking of the best directors of the Championship, with 8 goals. This new success allows the Magpies to temporarily climb to third place, pending the Tottenham – Liverpool match, which will start this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Finally Crystal Palace went to win 2-1 at West Ham thanks to a late goal from Michael Olise (90 + 4th).