Man Utd in narrow Cup win over Villa

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 12 2022
Sports Man Utd in narrow Cup win over Villa

An early headed goal by Scott McTominay proved decisive for Manchester United as they held on by the skin of their teeth to beat Aston Villa 1-0 in an absorbing FA Cup third round tie at Old Trafford on Monday.

While victory was a welcome relief for United Manager Ralf Rangnick, it was a performance that showed just how much work he has to do if United are to challenge for silverware.

Villa will wonder how they bowed out of the competition after responding to McTominay’s eighth minute opener with a dominant display, striking the woodwork twice, forcing David De Gea into several saves and having two goals disallowed.

McTominay glanced in Fred’s curling delivery to give the hosts a flying start, but from then on they struggled to contain a lively Villa side, who played the better football.

The reward for 12-time FA Cup champions United is a home draw against second-tier Middlesbrough.

Steven Gerrard’s Villa will get a swift chance for revenge as they host United in the Premier League on Saturday.

The night’s big talking point was why Villa had an equaliser ruled out early in the second half.

John McGinn played a free kick towards Ezri Konsa who headed across goal for Danny Ings to bundle in with his thigh.

Villa celebrated what they thought was a deserved equaliser, but referee Michael Oliver was immediately talking into his mouthpiece to his VAR assistants.

With TV replays focussing on whether Ings had been offside or had used his arm to score, Oliver was summoned to check a pitch-side monitor and, more than three minutes after the ball entered the net, ruled out the goal for an apparent block by Jacob Ramsey on Edinson Cavani as the ball was played in.

(Reuters)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 12 2022

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