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Watch: Coutinho scores on Aston Villa debut to earn draw against Man Utd

23:00 GMT+3 15/01/2022
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The former Liverpool star came off the bench to play a pivotal role as his side came back from two goals down to draw with the Red Devils

Philippe Coutinho's return to the Premier League is off to a perfect start as he earned Aston Villa a point against Manchester United.

The Brazilian midfielder made his debut on Saturday after joining on loan from Barcelona, coming off the bench in the second half of the Premier League clash.

The 29-year-old made an immediate impact as he set up Jacob Ramsey to pull a goal back for his side and then went on to score the equaliser in the 82nd minute in a 2-2 draw.

Watch Coutinho score against Man Utd

What has been said?

"I missed these games and the Premier League. I'm very happy to be here with my new team-mates," Coutinho told Sky Sports. "It was a good start, we kept believing until the end, but we didn't lose."

"I don't speak English very well, I prefer to be on the pitch than talking all the time. I'm happy, it was the first game and I want to work hard to improve and be in better shape.

"There have been many ups and downs [between Premier League appearances]. It is in the past, I'm here and I'm focussed on the objectives of the club and the manager and I want to a good job to help my teammates and the club."

What happened in the match?

The former Liverpool star's goal secured a valuable point for Steven Gerrard's team.

The hosts found themselves a goal down just six minutes into the match when a Bruno Fernandes shot managed to sneak through the arms of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

The Portuguese midfielder then made it 2-0 with a goal in the 67th minute, just a minute before Coutinho came on to replace Morgan Sanson.

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