By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Aston Villa suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of big spending Manchester United in the side’s first home fixture of the new season, though Tim Sherwood’s men were certainly not outplayed.
The game marked Micah’s home debut and was a chance for Sherwood’s side to test themselves against one of the league’s top sides since the summer overhaul.
There was a marked difference in Villa’s approach, a confidence and tempo that saw them control the opening 15 minutes. However, Morgan Schneiderlin had a glimpse of a chance when Memphis Depay swung a free-kick in, and Brad Guzan had to be alert minutes later when he raced out to intercept a through ball – legally clattering Memphis in the process.
The visitors, though, weren’t to be denied after 29 minutes as Adnan Januzaj put Louis van Gaal’s men in front. Juan Mata picked the youngster out with a sublime pass and he duly cut back inside and curled home to make it 1-0.
Micah had a shout for a penalty soon after as he appeared to be dragged back as a corner swung in, though his appeals were waved away.
After the break, new signing Jordan Anew worked a yard of space for himself but blazed over, whilst Gabriel Agbonlahor headed straight down Sergio Romero’s throat.
The rhythm of the game continued as Villa probed for chances and the Red Devils looked dangerous on the counter, and Memphis went close again as he broke free of the Villa defence and cut in before curling wide.
That was that and United closed out the game to claim the three points, but there won’t have been too many dissenting voices among the Villa faithful after a respectable showing by Villa in a tough early season encounter.