Aston Villa player ratings v Manchester United: Amavi stars but Agbonlahor struggles

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Manchester United left Villa Park with a 1-0 win thanks to Adnan Januzaj's first-half goal.

Brad Guzan 6/10 – Could do little about Januzaj’s 29nd-minute strike and didn't have much else to save, although he was able to showcase his dominance on crosses.

Leandro Bacuna 6/10 – Appeared to be struggling with a knock just before United’s goal but did well to keep both Luke Shaw and Memphis Depay quiet for most of the match. Didn’t offer much going forward, though.

Micah Richards 7/10 – The skipper was an absolute rock at the back and should have earned Villa a penalty just before half-time after being strangled by Matteo Darmian in the run-up to a corner.

Ciaran Clark 6.5/10 – Unfortunate to deflect Januzaj’s shot off the post, as he did little else wrong during the 90 minutes. Injuries aside, it’s going to be hard for someone to break up his partnership with Richards.

Jordan Amavi 7.5/10 – Villa’s star man on the night. Exceptional going forward and didn’t shirk his defensive duties either. It’s clear why the club forked out a reported £10 million for his signature.

Ashley Westwood 6.5/10 – An understated but efficient outing from Villa’s anchorman, whose positional awareness and discipline continues to impress. Someone needs to take set piece duties off him, though.

Jordan Veretout 5/10 – Most eventful moment of the night was a first-half tangle with Januzaj. Villa fans are going to have to be patient with him over the coming weeks as he adapts to life in the Premier League.

Idrissa Gueye 6.5/10 – Lost Januzaj on the goal but was otherwise one of Villa’s better performers, despite proving a tad wasteful when it came to making the final pass.

Jordan Ayew 5/10 – Another quiet performance from the Ghana international, who, like Veretout, is going to need time before he can show Villa supporters what he is capable of.

Scott Sinclair 6/10 – Was looking sharp before going off for Gestede, linking up well with Amavi down the left and creating problems for the opposition defence with his pace on the counter-attack.

Gabby Agbonahlor 4.5/10 – Can’t fault his work rate but nothing seemed to go right for him on the night. Have to think Gestede would’ve been the better option to start had he been 100 per cent fit.

SUBSTITUTES:

Rudy Gestede (Sinclair 58) 6/10 – Poor service meant he couldn’t make the same kind of impact off the bench as he managed against Bournemouth.

Carlos Sanchez (Veretout 78) 6/10 – Replaced the gassed Veretout for the closing stages but didn’t have enough time to make a difference.

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