Manchester United survived defeat in the League Cup round against Aston Villa, at Old Trafford Stadium, Friday (11/11) early morning WIB. Left behind earlier, the Red Devils were able to return to a 4-2 lead. This victory also at the same time avenge the defeat of Villa last week.
Villa were able to score first through Ollie Watkins in the 48th minute, but were equalized immediately by Anthony Martial’s goal in the 49th minute.
Villa took the lead again in the 61st minute through Diogo Dalot’s own goal. MU was then able to reverse the position through Marcus Rashford (64 ‘), Bruno Fernandes (78’), and Scott McTominay (90 + 1).
MU manager Erik ten Hag praised the reaction of his players after the 3-1 defeat at Villa Park. Apart from avenging defeat, MU also has the right to advance to the round of 16 of the 2022-2023 English League Cup.
“Happy with the defense. That’s what we need and we have to show in every game. I’m very disappointed and angry on Sunday that we didn’t fight,” said Erik Ten Hag.
Nevertheless, Ten Hag continued to criticize his team’s game which was seen as inconsistent for 90 minutes. Ten Hag explained that MU’s game in the two rounds was never the same.
“Our two halves were never the same. Tonight we controlled the game in the first half pressing well but then doing the wrong things, so we missed a lot of chances,” said Ten Hag.
The League Cup was MU’s last domestic trophy in 2017. The Dutchman will be relishing the opportunity to end his trophy drought later this year.
He will have to wait until after the World Cup for his next League Cup game against Burnley in the round of 16 which is scheduled just days after the final in Qatar.
Aston Villa manager Unai Emery considered his team to perform well for 75 minutes, especially in the first half. But towards the final minutes, Emery admitted that Villa’s performance was starting to show a decline.
“We needed to be calmer with the ball, have more possession and press more. In the second half we had some good moments. We had more options in attack and to score goals. But when they scored quickly, We should be able to close the space and not play openly,” said Emery. (AFP/Skysports/OL-12)