Aston Villa player ratings v Manchester United: Okore impresses but N'Zogbia flops

Trinity Road Stand - Aston Villa

An Ander Herrera brace and Wayne Rooney goal saw Tim Sherwood's side fall 3-1 in Saturday's Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Brad Guzan 6.5/10 – Denied Marcos Rojo with a fantastic save on the stroke of half-time. Distribution wasn’t quite up to scratch but not much he could have done for United’s three goals.

Alan Hutton 5/10 – Struggled against Ashley Young before picking up a knock and going off at half-time. An afternoon he’ll want to forget.

Jores Okore 7/10 – Excellent in the first-half, proving strong in the air up against Marouane Fellaini. Should have equalised 15 minutes from the end, though, when he failed to make clean contact with Bacuna’s cross.

Ciaran Clark 6.5/10 – Fortunate not to concede a spot-kick within the first five minutes after bringing down Wayne Rooney in the box, but was otherwise solid again. Despite the two-goal deficit, Villa’s centre-backs were far from the problem.

Matthew Lowton 5/10 – Was struggling to cover both Antonio Valencia and Juan Mata in the first-half before switching over to the right-hand side of defence after the interval. Improved from then on but it was perhaps his worst performance of Sherwood’s reign.

Fabian Delph 5.5/10 – Was pushed so far back that it proved almost impossible for him to make the desired impact. Also gave up a foolish ball in added time to allow Ander Herrea to make it 3-1 and kill Villa’s comeback chances.

Carlos Sanchez 6/10 – Did a decent job of shielding the back-four for most of the match, sticking tight to Fellaini, but there were moments when his decision-making in possession was questionable at best. If he can adapt to the pace of the Premier League then he’ll be fine but, after eight months, he still isn’t quite there.

Charles N’Zogbia 4/10 – A virtual passenger until going off on the hour, offering nothing in attack and no protection for the defence whatsoever.

Andreas Weimann 5/10 – Limited going forward but did create one great chance for Benteke just after half-time with a spectacular run down the left and even better pass to the Belgian, who somehow skied his shot over the bar. Can’t fault his work rate either.

Gabriel Agbonlahor 5/10 – Brought back down to earth after his mini resurgence in recent weeks. Offered little service up top and, as such, was unable to use his pace to trouble the United defence.

Christian Benteke 5/10 – Grabbed a consolation goal 10 minutes from the end but was otherwise frustratingly poor. Should have buried the chance Weimann created for him and was wasteful in possession. Hopefully snaps back into life when QPR visit on Tuesday night.

SUBSTITUTES

Leandro Bacuna (Hutton 46) 6/10 – Struggled in defence to start with but fared better after being moved into midfield following Baker’s introduction. Still hampered by the fact that no one seems to know his best position.

Nathan Baker (N’Zogbia 60) 6.5/10 – Back for the first time since mid-January and performed well at left-back, managing to hold his own against Valencia and the interchanging Mata and Herrera.

Joe Cole (Weimann 77) 5/10 – Good to see him return from his hamstring problems but couldn’t do much in his 13-minute cameo.

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