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Aston Villa 2-3 Manchester United: Player Ratings

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Winning games after conceding the lead has become a habit for Manchester United and Saturday was no different as they fought back from a two-goal deficit to claim all three points with a 3-2 win over Aston Villa. The Villans put in a gritty performance with Andreas Weimann scoring twice to hand the hosts a two-goal advantage. However, Javier Hernandez was the man who made the difference for United as he crafted their win almost single handedly.

Villa first took the lead just before the end of the first half as Weimann slammed a shot over De Gea into the net. The Austrian was on target again for the Villans on 50 minutes as he tapped in another goal from close range. United’s second half substitute Hernandez inspired their comeback with a superb first goal holding off Ciaran Clark to slot the ball under Brad Guzan. The Mexican was again responsible for Ron Vlaar’s own goal when he smartly turned Rafael’s cross goalwards. Hernandez fittingly scored United’s winner on 88 minutes, diving to head a Robin van Persie free kick past Guzan to earn the win.

United’s dominance in the Premier League continues unabated as they look to be in the driver's seat for an elusive 20th title. The Red Devils could most likely continue their blistering league run when they face Norwich City next weekend. Villa, meanwhile, remain one place above the relegation zone and with a visit to Manchester City slated for next weekend, they will have a tough time climbing higher into the league table. (Click here for the Match Report)

Aston Villa:

Brad Guzan: 5/10

The American stopper put in a strong first half performance, but could do little to stop Hernandez’s second half heroics.

Matthew Lowton: 6/10

The right-back was particularly effective against Young, allowing the Englishman little time on the ball and snuffing out his crosses, forcing Ferguson to pull off the winger at half-time.

Ron Vlaar: 4/10

The central defender held off Van Persie well in the first half but was largely outclassed by Hernandez.

Ciaran Clark: 3/10

The centre-back was unable to control Hernandez as he ran strong to score United’s first goal that inspired their comeback.

Enda Stevens: 3/10

The left-back’s first start for the Villans was a forgettable one as he struggled to contain the attacking combination of Rafael and Valencia.

Ashley Westwood: 3/10

The midfielder barely made an impact on the game, being unusually slow to push forward in attack.

Barry Bannan: 6/10

The Scottish midfielder did a good job in midfield, supporting the attackers well in mounting effective counter-attacks all evening.

Stephen Ireland: 6/10

The attacking midfielder was instrumental in helping Aston Villa get into good attacking positions.

Andreas Weimann: 8/10

The Austrian striker had a wonderful evening as he scored a superb brace and threatened to add more to his tally.

Gabriel Agbonlahor: 6/10

The Englishman was the poorest of the forwards on the evening although he assisted Weimann for his second goal.

Christian Benteke: 7/10

The Belgian striker put in a powerful performance often troubling the United defence with his physical style of play.

Substitutes:

Karim El Ahmadi: 4/10

The midfielder replaced Ireland for the last 10 minutes of the game but looked weak defensively as United earned the winning goal in the dying minutes of the game.

Brett Holman: 4/10

The midfielder was brought on in place of Weimann to contain United as they pushed for a winner but failed to avoid his side’s defeat.

Fabian Delph: 6/10

The English midfielder came on for Bannan just before United’s winning goal and showed strength in their attempts for an equalizer in the dying moments of the game.

Manchester United:

David De Gea: 7/10

The Spanish stopper had no chance to stop either of the goals that went in, but the keeper was particualrly good against aerial attacks and produced a number of fine saves to keep Aston Villa at bay.

Rafael: 5/10

The Brazilian right-back was an able ally to Valencia in attack but was caught often out of position, allowing Villa to start counter-attacks down their left wing.

Rio Ferdinand: 6/10

The English centre-back had a fairly decent game and was not at fault for Villa’s two goals on the evening.

Chris Smalling: 4/10

The young central defender looked slow, playing in just his second game after returning from injury.

Patrice Evra: 5/10

The Frenchman showed good attacking intent but was defensively weak against Villa’s persistent counter-attacks.

Antonio Valencia: 4/10

The winger made several good runs down the right flank but his final crosses were surprisingly poor.

Michael Carrick: 5/10

The midfielder was careful with possession on the evening although he slowed down United’s attacks considerably.

Paul Scholes: 8/10

The United veteran was at his best in midfield and he beautifully executed the pass that led to United’s first goal.

Ashley Young: 2/10

The left winger was troubled greatly by Lowton and was rightly pulled off by Ferguson at half-time.

Wayne Rooney: 4/10

The United hitman was slower on the evening and took far too many long range shots instead of continuing attacks.

Robin van Persie: 6/10

The Dutchman was an attacking threat as always and was unlucky to be denied by the crossbar on two occasions in the second half.

Substitutes:

Javier Hernandez: 10/10

The Mexican replaced Young at half-time and put in a match-winning performance, scoring twice and forcing an own goal from Vlaar to seal all three points for United.

Tom Cleverley: 6/10

The English midfielder helped in picking up the pace of United’s attack when he replaced Scholes on 72 minutes.

Anderson: 4/10

The Brazilian replaced Rooney with 10 minutes on the clock but was wasteful with the ball on several occasions.

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