Manchester United 2-2 Aston Villa: Four Things We Learned

Manchester United keep failing to win matches, as this time it was Aston Villa who came to Old Trafford and took a point before their trip back to Birmingham, in a draw that had seen four goals scored.

Aston Villa took the lead through Jack Grealish, before Man United getting a bit lucky with the Tom Heaton own goal, helped by Marcus Rashford. Man United went ahead after Victor Lindelöf’s header, but soon enough it was all square once again, when Tyrone Mings leveled it: 2-2.

Here are some thoughts after this match.

Solskjaer Should Not Remain The Manager

Simple as that. We said it before, we said before he was even appointed and we say it again – Manchester United should not be led by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He is not the right manager for this team. If that was not obvious to everyone, it should become, since his team has won just four points from 24 available in games against Wolves, Crystal Palace, Southampton, West Ham, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Aston Villa.

His team failed to beat the newly promoted sides in consecutive matches and the way his team are playing, there is no feeling that things will improve drastically – as that is what is needed.

Sure, we can talk about this squad not being good enough and Ed Woodward doing a dreadful job, but that does not excuse Solskjaer from criticism he certainly deserves. There is a lot of turmoil at Arsenal about their results this season, but Man United remain behind them in Premier League!

Man United Encapsulated In 112 Seconds

Manchester United scored their second goal after Victor Lindelöf did well on the far post and just when you thought this United side will show resilience to win a match after coming from behind, they conceded the second just 112 seconds later.

That encapsulates not only this team, but also this club, perfectly. Whenever you start thinking they are making forward steps, they stumble yet again.

Midfield Not Working… Unsurprisingly

The midfield duo of Andreas Pereira and Fred is not good enough for this team and add Juan Mata in the conversation, and you get a slow, dreadful and incredibly unimaginative midfield trio in that central area of the pitch. Sure, there are players missing, like Scott McTominay – who is far from being a player you cannot replace – and Paul Pogba, but the fact that those players are the only thing left in that midfield tells everything there is to know about the building of this squad.

McGinn Shows Why He Was Linked With United

John McGinn is probably not the player Man United need or the player that can improve this team drastically, but he has been linked with Man United and today against them, he looked far ahead of Pereira and Fred. McGinn was creating chances, dribbling forwards with the ball in his possession and also bringing the necessary energy to his team without the ball.

He might not be the player United should sign, but if that is the case, than this United midfield really have a lot of work to do.

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