FT: Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa
Scott McTominay’s goal in the eighth minute is enough to see Man Utd through.
Aston Villa had an equaliser chalked off after a lengthy VAR review.
No goal! Man U 1-0 Aston Villa
Danny Ings thought he had drawn Aston Villa level but VAR, after multiple checks, chalks it off.
The players are out on the field for the second half! Will United maintain this lead or will Aston Villa pull a surprise?
A Victor Lindelof howler almost led to a Villa goal, but Watkins’ effort rattled the bar.
The first half comes to an end with the Red Devils leading and on their way to the fourth round. Will it remain like this in the second half?
McGinn’s presence is allowing Villa to outnumber United in midfield (predictably) and they are still having some joy when United fail to move the ball quickly enough in the transitions.
Rangnick just gave Greenwood some instructions and Wan-Bissaka has had to sit back down as they see if Dalot can soldier on. Villa will be gutted they are still behind and Gerrard has looked especially rueful at the excellent chances they have passed up.
Fernandes is offering urgency but he is not mucking in enough when the ball goes past him and neither are Rashford or Greenwood often enough. Some of the lateral passing has been egregious.
Goal! Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa
United take the lead! Fred whips in a delightful cross and Scott McTominay guides his header nicely into the corner.
We are underway at Old Trafford!
Ralf Rangnick rests RONALDO and SANCHO for tonight’s game. Greenwood and Cavani are deployed upfront and Bruno Fernandes is skipper for the night.
Manchester United welcomes Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa to Old Trafford in the FA Cup tonight.
Ralf Rangnick’s side lost 1-0 to Wolves in the Premier League last week. United have struggled for form all season and performances are yet to improve following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking and Rangnick’s interim appointment.
However, the FA Cup could offer United a chance to kickstart their campaign and the opportunity to build some confidence.
United last won the FA Cup at Wembley under Louis Van Gaal in 2016 thanks to Jesse Lingard’s extra-time goal against Crystal Palace and the club last won a trophy in 2017. United will be hoping to end that trophy drought this year by winning the FA Cup again.
Villa has enjoyed a change in fortunes since Steven Gerrard’s appointment and they will be tricky opposition, though.