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Manchester United v Aston Villa Live Commentary, 10/11/2022

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4 - 2
MUN
AVL
A. Martial (49)
M. Rashford (67)
Bruno Fernandes (78)
S. McTominay (90+1)
O. Watkins (48)
Diogo Dalot (61 og)
Old Trafford

Commentary

That's all from Old Trafford today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
United now go into the hat for today's fourth round draw - those ties will be played shortly after the conclusion of the World Cup - before tackling Fulham in their final Premier League fixture ahead of the break. Villa, meanwhile, must lick their wounds and prepare for Sunday's trip to Brighton.
Very rarely can there have been a more obvious 'game of two halves'. Following 45 drab and disjointed minutes before the break - in which neither side forced a shot on target - a spectacular second period brought six goals: four for a much-improved Manchester United, who were also aided by Aston Villa's defensive deficiencies. The visitors at least showed some intent to twice take the lead, but were ultimately blown away by their hosts' fluency in the final third - particularly after the introduction of Eriksen and Garnacho.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 4-2 ASTON VILLA
90' + 5' SAVE! With the final action of an eventful second half, Olsen scrambles across to tip over a curling Fernandes free-kick from around 25 yards out!
L. Bailey
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
90' + 3' Martinez receives a significant quantity of Bailey's studs in his calf, as the frustrated Villa forward lashes out when down on the turf. That could even have merited a red card, but instead the Jamaican sees yellow.
A. Garnacho
Assist
Manchester United
90' + 1' Continuing to make a significant impact as a substitute, Garnacho swings over a delicious cross from the left touchline to pick out McTominay's run.
S. McTominay
Goal
Manchester United
90' + 1' GAME OVER! United stride into the fourth round, as McTominay slides in unchallenged to meet a superb arcing cross from the left by the irrepressible Garnacho; prodding the ball over the line from close range! That's done it now, 4-2 to the Red Devils!
90' At full stretch inside the area, Eriksen can't get clean contact on a header which flies off-target.
89' OFF THE BAR! A wonderful first-time pass from Eriksen puts McTominay into an inviting shooting position, on the left side of the box. Without hesitating, the Scottish midfielder slams a thunderous shot against the crossbar, and the ball bounces away to relative safety - a great strike, but no reward!
Lisandro Martínez
V. Lindelöf
Manchester United
87' Martinez makes a brief cameo, as Lindelof is withdrawn by Ten Hag.
86' After some treatment, Garnacho can jog over to the touchline, and he'll soon be back into the action, which will resume following another subsitution.
85' Garnacho continues to cause uncertainty in the Villa defence, and a combiantion with Fernandes almost unlocks another shooting chance. However, he ends the move lying on the turf in apparent agony and will need some medical attention.
Casemiro
M. Rashford
Manchester United
82' Having scored on the day he was named in England's World Cup squad, Rashford's shift is over; Casemiro comes on to shore up United's midfield.
81' BLOCK! Chambers keeps Villa in it, as a mazy Garnacho dribble ends with an attempt from inside the area, which the defender blocks with a last-gasp intervention!
L. Digne
L. Augustinsson
Aston Villa
80' Villa make a switch on the left flank: Augustinsson makes way for Digne.
A. Garnacho
Assist
Manchester United
78' Given the ball by an errant Olsen pass, substitute Garnacho picks out Fernandes with a short pass that tees up United's third goal.
Bruno Fernandes
Goal
Manchester United
78' 3-2 UNITED! A rollercoaster half continues! Villa gift Man United a third goal - perhaps the decisive one - as Olsen presents the ball to Garnacho on the edge of the area, and the youngster sets up Fernandes to fire home via a defection off the desperate Mings! Incredible stuff at the Theatre of Dreams, where we've seen five goals in just over half-an-hour now!
76' DOUBLE SAVE! Olsen gets a strong left hand to a powerful Fernandes shot from inside the area, following Malacia's precise cross from the left. Then, the Sweden international punches the ball clear from a Maguire header following the corner! Villa escape!
M. Cash
A. Young
Aston Villa
74' Receiving warm applause from both sets of fans, Young is brought off. Cash will be his replacement.
73' United press for a winner, as following a couple of blocked shots from team-mates, Elanga flips a shot from a slim angle on the right byline onto the top of the net.
72' Bailey manages to chop inside and evade Malacia's challenge, but his low curling shot from the edge of the box is easily fielded by Dubravka down to his left.
71' After a brief pause while Watkins nurses an injury down on the turf, the action resumes in a relentless second half, which bears absolutely no resemblance to the first!
69' After a tussle between Young and Garnacho, which the former ultimately wins deep inside his own area, Villa then give the ball away again. Fernandes seizes on it and makes for the left byline, before getting his shot from a tight angle all wrong; completely missing the target and sending the ball flashing across the face of goal.
M. Rashford
Goal
Manchester United
67' UNITED EQUALISE! Taking advantage of some confusion in the Aston Villa box, Rashford receives a return ball from Eriksen via a heavy deflection, then stays strong to evade a couple of hefty challenges and slot the ball past Olsen from less than 10 yards out! We're level again at Old Trafford in this frantic second half: 2-2!
64' CLOSE! Malacia lofts the ball over an exposed Chambers, setting Rashford free around 30 yards out from goal. The striker takes a couple of touches and then fires the ball narrowly wide of the right-hand post!
A. Elanga
D. van de Beek
Manchester United
62' An ineffective Van de Beek is also withdrawn; Elanga comes on to inject some pace and fresh legs.
C. Eriksen
Fred
Manchester United
62' A change in midfield sees Fred replaced by Eriksen.
A. Garnacho
A. Martial
Manchester United
62' Ten Hag responds to going behind with a raft of changes. First, Martial makes way for young Garnacho.
Diogo Dalot
Own Goal
Manchester United
61' VILLA BACK IN FRONT! Allowed to approach on the right side of the area, Young crosses to the back post for Bailey's late run, and when the Jamaican winger cuts the ball back, Dalot can only poke out a boot and divert it past a stranded Dubravka! United have gone behind again, and now have around 30 minutes to fight back and stay in the cup! It's 2-1 to Villa!
E. Buendía
D. Ings
Aston Villa
59' Emery makes a triple change nearing the hour mark. First, Ings makes way for the more subtle approach of Buendia.
L. Bailey
J. Ramsey
Aston Villa
59' Finally, Ramsey is replaced by the pace and trickery offered by Bailey.
T. Mings
E. Konsa
Aston Villa
59' Konsa is also substituted, as Mings comes on for the final half-hour.
56' Luiz tries a low throughball to Watkins from a free-kick around midway through United's half, but Fernandes manages to shepherd it back to Dubravka under pressure from the Villa striker.
A. Young
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
54' Unable to keep pace with his former team-mate, Young bundles into the back of a fast-escaping Rashford and is booked after the latter gets up and shoots wide.
Douglas Luiz
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
52' After going head-to-head with Fernandes and sharing some probably unpleasant words in Portuguese, Luiz is also yellow-carded.
Bruno Fernandes
Yellow Card
Manchester United
52' For an unnecessary confrontation with Luiz in midfield, Fernandes receives a booking.
A. Martial
Goal
Manchester United
49' UNITED HIT BACK! Immediately, the hosts pull level! Within seconds of going behind, a direct ball down the right by Dalot splits Villa open, and Fernandes plays in Martial. The French forward then places the ball past Olsen with a tidy finish into the bottom corner! All of a sudden, it's 1-1!
Bruno Fernandes
Assist
Manchester United
49' Spotting a gaping hole in the Villa back four, Dalot plays the ball over the top to pick out Fernandes, who rolled it across for Martial to score.
J. Ramsey
Assist
Aston Villa
48' After collecting the ball from Kamara, a driving run from Ramsey ends with a precise throughball for goalscorer Watkins.
O. Watkins
Goal
Aston Villa
48' VILLA LEAD! With the first shot on target for either side, Aston Villa go in front! Ramsey receives the ball in the centre circle from Kamara, and surges forward before releasing Watkins on the left side of the area. He stays cool to slip the ball beyond Dubravka and into the bottom-right corner! What a start to the second half: 1-0 to Villa!
46' The visitors kick off, and we are back under way in Manchester!
As things stand, penalties await us: in the EFL Cup, if the game remains level at the end of 90 minutes, spot-kicks ensue. Neither manager will want to enter that lottery, so they may both take a more offensive approach at some point in the second half.
An almost eventless first half ends goalless, with neither side even managing a single shot on target. While Aston Villa have lacked both ambition and quality on the ball, Manchester United have seemed almost disengaged at times - perhaps a looming World Cup is playing on the minds of several players. Whatever the cause, it's been a very different encounter to that which the clubs played out at the weekend, and can surely only get better after the break.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 ASTON VILLA
45' Ramsey brings down Malacia on the left touchline, conceding a free-kick late on in the first half. Then, from Fernandes' ball into the box, Olsen makes a hefty punch clear of his area.
H. Maguire
Yellow Card
Manchester United
43' For mistiming a tackle from the side on Watkins, Manchester United captain Maguire is booked by the referee.
42' Summing up the distracted nature of their play so far, United fail to make anything of an opening down the right, when Fernandes' low throughball to Dalot is clumsily miscontrolled out of play for a Villa goal-kick.
S. McTominay
Yellow Card
Manchester United
40' An aggressive barge on Young, which flattens his former team-mate, sees McTominay receive a merited yellow card.
39' From almost 30 yards out, Rashford takes the somehwat desperate route of thumping a free-kick straight into Villa's defensive wall. That was always a long shot; a chance to create something wasted.
37' Though Rashford is presented with the ball by Chambers out on the right, Fred's subsequent cross to the back post is badly overhit and drifts past Fernandes, who arrived late into the box.
35' Over the past five minutes, Aston Villa have enjoyed 63 per cent of the possession, as they experience their first spell of pressure on the Manchester United goal.
34' Following a collision with Maguire in the United half, Ings is left down on the turf and the game comes to a temporary halt. Having recovered soon after, the action gets back under way.
32' Another inswinging corner from Luiz is only partly cleared, and dreaming of a perfect return to Old Trafford, Young slices an ambitious 20-yard volley well wide of the right-hand post.
30' OFF THE LINE! Augustinsson wins a corner on the left, from which set-piece specialist Luiz slings over a dangerous inswinging cross to the near post. McTominay is alert to head the ball away near off his goal line, though, with Dubravka close behind!
28' A rare foray into United's defensive third ends for Villa when Konsa commits a handball offence out on the right. They have not committed any numbers forward to this point, but will that change before the interval?
26' Villa are being gradually penned in by their hosts, as United try to build some sustained pressure. The away side remain fairly comfortable in their defensive shape, though.
24' JUST OVER! After Rashford slips in Malacia down the left, the full-back's deflected cross loops up towards Dalot, who arrives late near the penalty spot. His header, though, has too much spin to drop down on target before going out of play. Still, that's about as close as either side have come to an opener so far.
22' Not surprisingly, a radically overhauled United XI - with several players set for the World Cup later this month - has been rather disjointed so far.
20' Remarkably, Manchester United have lost each of their last three EFL Cup games at Old Trafford. Eager for some silverware in his first season, Erik ten Hag will certainly want to end that run today.
18' At the end of a move in which Rashford is caught offside, the England striker streaks clear and plays in Fernandes, who rolls the ball into the back of the net. Play had long stopped, though, and Aston Villa have a free-kick.
16' The subdued start continues, and a rare direct ball from left to right by Rashford finds Fernandes offside - he boots the ball away into the crowd in frustration.
14' Van de Beek is perhaps fortunate to escape a booking for a clumsy challenge on Augustinsson inside Villa's half. Only a free-kick is awarded to the visitors.
13' While United have had 68 per cent of the possession in the early stages of this cup tie, they have yet to make much progress in Villa's defensive third. Urgency has been in short supply.
11' After Young makes a late sliding challenge to deny Malacia a route to goal from the left side of the area, Watkins clears the danger for Villa following an inswinging corner from the left.
9' After misjudging a ball across his box, Olsen has to scramble to sweep the ball behind under pressure from Fernandes. United then waste the consequent corner.
7' An ambitious ball straight through the middle by McGinn skips up off the turf and sails just over Watkins' head, allowing debutant Dubravka to claim the ball on the edge of his area.
5' Villa enjoy a short spell on the ball, but Augustinsson's misplaced throughball is then easily cut out by an alert Dalot, deep inside his own half.
3' Though they've quite deliberately retained the ball, showing no sign of urgency at all, United are rarely straying outside their own half in quite a conservative start to the game.
1' Manchester United kick off, and we are under way at Old Trafford!
After Old Trafford observes 'The Last Post', ahead of Remembrance Day tomorrow, the players take up their positions and kick off is now just moments away.
Like their hosts, Aston Villa make seven changes to their starting XI, with only Konsa, Luiz, Ramsey and Watkins retained by Emery for his second game in charge. Sweden internationals Olsen and Augstinsson, plus ex-United player Young, are drafted in; Mings, Cash and Buendia are among those who make way.
After several months on the sidelines as De Gea's deputy, Dubravka makes his belated Manchester United debut today. World Cup-bound Maguire also joins Malacia, McTominay, Fred, Fernandes and the recently returned Martial in a much-changed side. Ronaldo drops out entirely; Van de Beek, though, continues in midfield.
SUBS: Emiliano Martinez, Cameron Archer, Lucas Digne, Morgan Sanson, Tyrone Mings, Marvelous Nakamba, Emiliano Buendia, Matty Cash, Leon Bailey.
ASTON VILLA (4-3-1-2): Robin Olsen; Ashley Young, Calum Chambers, Ezri Konsa, Ludwig Augustinsson; Douglas Luiz, Boubacar Kamara, John McGinn; Jacob Ramsey; Danny Ings, Ollie Watkins.
SUBS: David de Gea, Lisandro Martinez, Anthony Elanga, Casemiro, Shola Shoretire, Facundo Pellistri, Christian Eriksen, Alejandro Garnacho, Luke Shaw.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): Martin Dubravka; Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Tyrell Malacia; Scott McTominay, Fred; Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Marcus Rashford; Anthony Martial.
Four days after their victory over today's hosts in the Premier League, Aston Villa will aim to complete a quickfire double in Manchester. Unai Emery kicked off his Villa Park reign with a 3-1 victory over United, and will now aim to guide his new club one step closer to a sixth EFL Cup win. The most recent of those triumphs came in the 1996 season, and though Villa reached the final of the 2020 edition they have not claimed major silverware since. The Villans arrive at Old Trafford on a five-game winless run away from home; having failed to score in three of their last four fixtures on the road.
Manchester United saw a nine-game unbeaten run come to an end last weekend, as they were beaten by today's opponents at Villa Park. They now get a chance for immediate revenge, back on home soil. The five-time EFL Cup winners - who most recently lifted the trophy in 2017 - fell at this stage to West Ham United last term, and they meet Villa for the fourth time in the competition, including the 1994 and 2010 finals.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of today's EFL Cup third round tie between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford!