Matthew Lowton gives his verdict on Aston Villa's performance against Manchester United

The defender believes there were positives to take from their 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

Aston Villa full-back Matthew Lowton has told AVTV that his side can take heart from their performance in Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.

United midfielder Ander Herrera opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time with a low shot before captain Wayne Rooney doubled their lead 11 minutes from the end.

Christian Benteke pulled one back just 94 seconds later to give the visitors some hope of a comeback but Herrera grabbed his second at the death to seal the win.

Villa had just 23 per cent of possession on the afternoon, while managing four shots compared to United’s 19, but were able to stifle their opponents for long spells with some resolute defending.

Defeat leaves Tim Sherwood’s side just three points above the relegation zone ahead of Tuesday night’s crucial home game against fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers but Lowton believes that their showing at Old Trafford will give them a huge amount of confidence going into the clash.

“We’ve gone in at the end of the game and thought that three goals were a bit harsh against us,” said Lowton, who switched from left-back to the right-hand side of defence at half-time after Alan Hutton was forced off with a knock.

“People will look at the score and think that they dominated in terms of chances. They had a lot of the ball obviously but we knew that would happen coming here – they’re a great team.

“We set our stall out to frustrate them and I thought we did that. Conceding just before half-time didn’t really help us but we stayed in the game as long as we could and when we went 2-0 down we tried to keep the ball and get in their faces.

“We managed to get a goal back doing that and you could hear our fans get a lift.

“We’ve come to Old Trafford and put in a good performance and we need to take it into Tuesday now.

“It’s always rocking at Villa Park under the lights. It’s getting tight at the bottom so it’d be nice to put a bit of daylight between us and them.”

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