Aston Villa fans react on Twitter to Gabby Agbonlahor's performance against Manchester United

Gabriel Agbonlahor

The 28-year-old striker failed to produce the goods under the lights at Villa Park on Friday night as Tim Sherwood's men fell to a 1-0 defeat.

Gabby Agbonlahor was tasked with leading the line for Aston Villa in Friday night’s home opener against Manchester United but, once again, the long-serving striker drew the ire of supporters with a frustrating performance.

New signing Adama Traore was presented to a sell-out crowd ahead of kick-off but the former Barcelona winger’s unveiling was about as exciting as it got for the Villa fans, who witnessed Adnan Januzaj’s deflected 29th-mintue strike condemn their team to a 1-0 defeat.

Tim Sherwood’s new look side were far from overrun over the course of the match but their failure to create enough chances in the attacking third ended up costing them, despite the best efforts of left-back Jordan Amavi to make things happen down the flank.

The other summer signings from Ligue 1 could be excused somewhat for their struggles to impress given their lack of Premier League experience but, when it comes to Agbonlahor, patience seems to be wearing thin.

 Vs Man Utd Total ShotsShots OntargetTotal Key PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTouchesBall RecoveriesDispossessedMins Played
Gabriel Agbonlahor 1 1 1 8 88% 17 0 1 90

The 28-year-old front man had fewer touches [4] than any other player in the first-half, while he managed just one headed attempt on goal and eight passes during the full 90 minutes.

He can certainly consider himself fortunate to have kept his place in the line-up due to Rudy Gestede’s fitness and, once the towering striker gets up to full speed, he could well find himself forced to settle for a spot on the bench.

Judging from the reaction on Twitter to the defeat, though, the claret and blue faithful would not mind that in the slightest.

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