By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
New Aston Villa boss Unai Emery has hit the ground running after beating Manchester United 3-1 in their Premier League encounter at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.
Villa got off to a blistering start to life under their new boss when Ollie Watkins held the ball up expertly before finding Jacob Ramsey who, in turn, slipped Leon Bailey into the penalty area to finish from a tight angle beyond David de Gea.
A quick-fire double saw Aston Villa put daylight between themselves and United with barely 11 minutes on the clock. The visitors, still, rattling from going behind, concede a cheap free-kick on the edge of the area that Lucas Digne curls into the top corner.
Although United had dominated possession up until the stroke of halftime, they had failed to find a breakthrough. Then, in a stroke of sheer luck, a Luke Shaw strike took a heavy deflection off Ramsey, misdirecting Villa shot-stopper Emi Martinez.
Ramsey, however, made up for his unfortunate deflection straight after halftime by finishing off a slick cutback from Watkins, who broke the United defense all too easily for long spells of the game.
Aston Villa’s unlikely fourth victory of the 2022/2023 Premier League campaign sees them move up to 14th place. Manchester United, meanwhile, remain in fifth position.
United and Villa will face each other again this week in their EFL fixture coming up on November 10.
Match Insights from Aston Villa win vs Manchester United:
- Aston Villa earned their first Premier League win over Manchester United at Villa Park since August 1995, when they won 3-1 under Brian Little. Before today, the Red Devils were unbeaten in 23 away league games at Villa – the longest unbeaten away run a team has had against another in English league history.
- Manchester United have lost nine away games in the Premier League in 2022 – the most defeats they’ve suffered in a calendar year since 1989 (12).
- Aston Villa boss Unai Emery is just the fourth manager to win his first Premier Leaque game in charge of a team against Manchester United. After Dave Bassett with Sheffield United (1992), José Mourinho with Chelsea (2004), and Alan Curbishley with West Ham (2006). Indeed. Each of the previous nine managers to face the Red Devils in their first Premier League match prior to Emery had all lost.